Traveling shelters us from rat race work routines, new friends, and a lot of conversational topics. Even if we’re only voyaging to our city’s neighboring district, traveling puts our privileges into perspective. And that’s why we love doing it.
Peruvian slabs, Westfalian water castles, Portuguese pastel de natas, Nicaraguan bachata moves
After leaving my home town in 2010, I set out to create my own life somewhere lovely, somewhere adventurous. Little did I care that the best adventures may be those leading to the exploration of your inner self, or into the souls of people you love.
Infected with the ’need for stoke‘, a common trait amongst boardriders and adrenaline junkies, I’ve always selected my living destinations by their accessibility to the mountains or the sea: natural playgrounds ready to be egoistically exploited as the perfect escape from the comfort zone. I went freeriding mountain faces so steep avalanches launched under my board. I surfed waves so beautiful I even enjoyed the violent wipe-outs. I ran on trails that changed their scenery with literally every step.
It’s easy to push for our luck and to disintegrate from society, which has enabled us to travel in the first place
Whenever I travel or think of the next destination I want to see, I run the moral grind in my head. Nothing delivers a greater sense of freedom than traveling. It’s so simple to move to Bali, Chiang Mai or São Paulo and binge drink on happy hours with people
from the same socio-economic background. But it doesn’t solve the world’s most acute problems.
Our ferocious CO2 emissions, our short-lived cash injections into our destinations, our preference for hedonism instead of community. Does traveling have any positive aspects for the greater good?
I can think of only one positive thing that traveling brings
Well-traveled humans may be better at understanding and hence tackling the complexities and struggles of humanity to create a brighter, more equitable future for everyone.
Anyways. At the end of the day, we are at our best when happy. It’s OK to add some happiness to our lives by finding the stoke we’ve been so desperately looking for.