“Paris is always a good idea.”
That line has been in several movies and even a few books I’ve read. It is the title of a few books as well as the logo on some t-shirts and although I do not disagree with the statement I think travel in general is a good idea, not specifically Paris.
Travel allows one to get out of the rut of their daily life. It expands your horizons and allows you to see the world through other people’s perspectives and experiences. Two of my favorite quotes about travel explain this better than I can:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that is okay. The journey changes you – it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you….Hopefully you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
So when people ask me for a good idea, I always say the best idea is to travel. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a big budget, take a road trip, find a friend or relative in another location to visit and let them show you their city. Do your best to immerse yourself in the new environment and above all be curious. Life has so much to give us but we have to be open to it first.