One of the great benefits of travel is that it puts your life into perspective. It is easy to fall into a monotonous routine. It is rare to get out of your comfort zone. I try to seek out things that make me a bit uneasy and living for a month in a foreign city where I don't speak the language is one of those.
Today on a tour I met a young couple from Ireland who is spending 6 months traveling the world before settling in Australia. There was also an elderly couple from Denmark who have been touring South America on a cruise for the past month. At dinner we were joined at our table by a couple our age from Sweden who just set out on a journey to travel the world for 1 year! And lastly the most amazing group at our table was a family of four from Boulder, Colorado. They are spending 6 months living in Buenos aires with their 12 and 16 year old daughters. The goal is to expose them to the culture, language, city life and new challenges.
When Sam and I started telling people about our upcoming adventure some people thought we were crazy. But the majority were happy for us and often wished they could do something similar.
The reality is you can take a wild adventure today if you really want to. People all around the world are doing so at this very moment. If you say you don't have time the truth is you don't have priorities.
Too much consistency and stability creates complacency. I like anyone else need to be reminded to mix things up every to gain new perspective. Travel is one of the best options for doing so.
The picture above is from our highly entertaining and informative dinner at The Argentine Experience. Sam and I both had a blast and recommend it to anyone new to Buenos Aires.