Traveling to another place is the biggest adventure you can experience. You are being pushed away from what you may know and out of your comfort zone. You do not know the customs or cultures, or maybe even the language. No matter how much you may think you know from researching the place, you still do not know what it is really like.
Traveling to new places is my favorite thing to do. Going somewhere new and trying something you have never done before is so exciting. You learn more then you could ever hope to imagine. I have been lucky enough to travel to many different places in the United States, as well as Spain, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Switzerland. It has let me see how people around the world live and what their life is like every day. Traveling and the adventure you have is something that my family has always encouraged. My grandparents have been to almost every country you think of from places in Europe such as England and Spain, to all over Asia and South America. They have showed me pictures of so many different adventures they have taken over the years.
The travels that I have had are experiences that I could not have any other way. In Malaysia, people live so differently than imaginable from us in the United States. We traveled out of the capital city, Kuala Lumpur to see the Batu Caves. These caves are one hundred eighty-two steps up and a Hindu temple. People go and walk up these steps bare foot to go and pray with monkeys surrounding them. The monkeys have no problem approaching people and taking their food. And once you get up the stairs there are Hindu god statues there for prayer. In the rest of the country, it is very much like being in a country in the Middle East. People follow their strict Muslim beliefs where the women wear burkas and do not talk to others, and everyone prays five times a day as the mosques call for prayer. This experience is like no other that you would have here in the United States.
Another place that was like no other was Thailand where I stayed for two weeks. Something so simple as driving is so different. There are no rules that you must stay in particular lanes or drive at certain speed limits. People drive whichever way they like and there is nothing stopping them. They may park on the sidewalks or drive on either side of the road. And the motorcycles are not even possible to explain. The motorcycles wind in between cars driving and parked, and are even used as taxis. They do not care if people are in the way, they drive any way that they want. The taxi’s are called Tuk-Tuks which are motorcycles with little carts on the back of them where people sit. They drive so fast that you feel you may fall off. And that is just the adventure of going from one place to another.
Then riding an elephant in Thailand at an elephant farm was so different than any other possible form of transportation. There was a bench on the back of the elephant that we rode through a rainforest on. After going through the rainforest we walked through a river which was so exciting and nerve wracking. You look down into the muddy water and just imagine that you could fall right off into that water. Then as you walk through the water you get the chance to sit on the neck of the elephant, the weirdest experience I have ever had.
There is also a floating market goes on a canal through little villages in the countryside of Thailand. Instead of having streets surrounding like most city blocks, they are canals. It is very often referred to as the “Venice of the East.” Everyone rides up and down it in little boats, selling and buying food and things that they have made. It is an adventure you could never experience elsewhere and the strangest shopping trip you have ever been on.
Traveling around the world to places such as Malaysia and Thailand are the biggest adventures I have ever been on. Travel is the way that you are able to truly learn about other cultures and what it is like for people around the world. You take the first step to travel to a new place and an adventure is formed. In this you see those different cultures and learn how differently we all live. We all live in such different ways, and have different beliefs, but yet we all have so many similarities.