My Travel Motto

Long depressing winter is finally over in Finland, and many of my friends started planning for summer holidays. Some people are thinking of spending 2 week-holiday in Spain, other people plan to visit Southeast Asia.

I don’t know where I’m going, but wherever I travel I always follow my travel motto below, which I learned from one movie released in 2010.


My Travel Motto: 


“If you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.”

 

This is a quote from Eat Pray Love, an American movie based on the book by Elizabeth Gilbert.
(Gilbert, E. (2010). Eat, pray, love: One woman’s search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia (Movie tie-in ed.). New York: Penguin.)

In 2012, I happened to watch this movie in a plane of Air Canada to Vancouver from Osaka. Back then I was a bachelor student who loves traveling, but my traveling style was changed after watching this movie. 

I liked planning everything beforehand and believed that following what I planned perfectly is the most efficient and low-stress way to get to know the culture. 

However, the upper lines by the main actress, Julia Roberts, at the very end of the movie taught me that the travel plan can be shaped by people or contingencies you come across on your journey, and it happens to you because there should be something you learn from that. 

You might have a clear goal or bucket list when you go traveling, but it is really fun to follow your intuition and go with the flow. 

Anyway, I hope that you all will find new part of yourself or learn something new when you have a chance to travel.