To me, I never valued traveling other than to Taiwan to visit my families, but this year I dedicated some time to explore. Partly because I want to spend my life exploring new things with Miya, the other half was due to two of the quotes I read at the end of 2012.
"Life is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."
"Life starts at the end of your comfort zone"
I didn't set traveling as part of my 2013 goal, but I accepted the opportunity when it comes. My thoughts for traveling before 2012 was that I disliked the idea of going to a foreign country that I can't communicate. I disliked not being able to eat what I usually eat. And I disliked the idea that I may get lost and not be able to return to my hostel as I often spend 30min to 1 hour looking for my parked car after meeting at a new place. To me, traveling is out of my comfort zone and a huge expense (enough to buy new camera and gears.)
After traveling to Orlando, Toronto, Spain, Italy, and London I still feel uncomfortable about traveling. However, I believe I was able to acquire a feeling that I was never able to feel before. "Freedom," it sounds cheesy, but I don't know of a better word to describe what I feel. I truly felt free during my 3 days stay at Barcelona alone.
I was free from the system that I am bounded to, I was free from most technologies that I use daily, I was free from a schedule that I must follow, I was free from a progress and goals, I was free from any connections and relationships, I was free from what people expect me to do, I was free from having to have a conversation like an extrovert, and I was free from my own mind of telling myself what to do.
It was just me and my camera documenting my memories instead of other's.