This will probably be the case for many more other than me, but having family and friends abroad has becomes one hectic constant trip after another that can feel pretty overwhelming. As I was on a plane to visit my parents in the U.S. a few weeks ago, having stopped first for just over a day in Spain to pick my brother up from where we grew up, I realised something: I’d forgotten my toothbrush. There I was, miles over the Atlantic, miles from anywhere and instead of being overjoyed with the feeling of adventure from travelling I was completely preoccupied with what I was going to do about brushing my teeth.
It wasn’t just the childish bummer of having forgotten my toothbrush, I realised, but the thought I didn’t really have a place for my toothbrush anymore. Having travelled so much and lived so many things in different places, roots become a pretty hazy memory. When we landed, my brother and I had both realised it was time to move on as new chapters begin, and we both went out and bought toothbrushes to keep at our parent’s house the next day. It seemed a pretty mundane detail to fixate on, but it meant a whole lot to us. Then it was time to enjoy the new place we were in and let it all soak in, which is what travel should really be about.
Over the next few days, the idea that we were globetrotters loomed over us and settled. It’s a pretty great thing to be or try, and I definitely recommend it as part of a lifestyle. Travelling widely expands a way, way bigger context into the mind and helps answer questions most of the time we don’t even realise are waiting to be answered inside of us. As a side-dish you get so many culture-shocks, new tastes, views, social codes and ways of lingo that you start to realise just how big it all is and just how important it is to see as much as you can whilst you can
Being a globetrotter, still, has to be realistic, and not just a spontaneous impulse that will end in regrets and a pool of money oozing out of your pocket. With an open mind, it’s an open world, that we can all be a part if. But with all this inspiration to go, go, go, where does the point of staying stand? Benjamin Franklin said all mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move, and I think it’s important to multiply those three together and choose what to be when the time calls for it. So, since we’ve all been alive, whether we help it or not, like it or not, we’ll leave something behind wherever we go. Now that’s something that can inspire to go and to stay, I guess that’s just all up to the gut, though.
Lastly, let’s just realise, family is the most important thing, no matter where you go or where you’re going, there always needs to be a string that you carry leading back home. In my case, I guess it was my toothbrush.