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  • Writer's pictureCurl Lea Travel

Why I travel

Sometimes it’s not about the destination, but the journey!

My earliest memory of planes, I was 8 years old, maybe younger where my mother and I would count the planes in the sky from the balcony of the flat we used to live in, that’s as far as me getting on a plane would go; counting planes fly by and seeing the cloudy white smoke that trailed behind as the plane flew into the distance to its tropical destination.

I still sometimes look up to the sky now, when I hear or see a plane in the sky, but this time I’m looking up at my mum in the sky too and thinking of how my sister and I were gona take her to Jamaica for her 50th birthday, something she didn’t reach, later that year as a family we still went to Jamaica where I learnt more about my culture and a new found appreciation of how my dad grew up there.

I was a teenager when I first ever boarded a plane!

In this day and age that is old, but before then catching a plane was just a dream that I believed would never come true - There’s hope!

My dad took me to Toronto, Canada aged 13, back in 2003, which I later found out last year that he needed written permission from my mum to take me out of the country as I was a minor, despite my parents being legally married and having the same surname as my dad. Who knew 🤷🏽‍♀️

My first flight, I cried not because I was scared or anything, but because I missed my mum and siblings, who were back at home.

The breathtaking view from the window seat was a great distraction and my only concern was the landing and taking off which I found a little scary, still do sometimes!

So why do I travel and why do I love it so much?

Firstly, my dad has always encouraged me to travel, even with my first SOLO travel trip which I’ll save that story for another post!

He got all my passports up until 2018 when I finally did it myself!

For me there is something about learning and seeing a new culture that excites and educates my mind, also the sense of adventure, freedom and trying something new.

The world can be such a beautiful place and you can come across some genuinely lovely people.

Mostly I love to travel because I can and not everyone has that privilege too, I am grateful that God’s provisioning has allowed me to do so because like I mentioned before it was a pipe dream that I never thought was attainable.

Travelling gives me hope, (something to look forward to) it brings me joy and happiness and I truly believe that travel is a form of therapy for me.

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s definitely a life time goal, I can’t wait to go and see more new places, meet new people, try new things, come out of my comfort zone and share this journey with you all.

Thank you for reading! Lea x

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