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I’m a Changeling, See me Change!

10 September 2009 6 Comments

No, I’m not talking about the Jolie movie in this post, but the importance of travel. The song, “The Changeling” by The Doors have lyrics that go like:

I live uptown,

I live downtown,

I had money, and I had none,

But I never been so broke

That I couldn’t leave town

It’s a phenomenal song, or maybe I’m just a huge The Doors fan, but either way, ever since I moved to Amsterdam, I have been wanting to travel as much as possible. I’ve been around Amsterdam, mostly by walking and tram and starting tomorrow by bicycle, but lately I’ve had the urge to get out of this relatively small city and go down to Barcelona, Spain. Then hopefully make my way around the rest of Western Europe when I have time. I have been living very modestly in Amsterdam so far, only spending money on partying, but mostly eating home and not spending money on things a College student doesn’t really need. And once I conquer my travels in Western Europe, my next goal would be to travel around Central and Eastern Europe. I found a Euroail train pass that would fit my needs for around 750 USD and even though that’s a pretty costly pass, I’ll be allowed to travel almost boundlessly for two months. I’m busy with studies now, but any time I get some free time, I’ll be off to another European country.

Benefits of Travel

Traveling, whether in a group or by yourself, really does open your eyes to life’s possibilities. We are so restricted with routine and the troubles of everyday life that we miss out on the important things in life. We miss taking a moment out of our day to stop and smell the roses. We waste time and money on things that have no benefit to us at all, and I really advise anyone who has the time to get out there and try to explore other nations, cultures, traditions, arts, architectures, and most important ways of life. Money shouldn’t stand as too big of a barrier between you and travelling because besides the costs of the actual Eurorail pass, life in hostels and food costs shouldn’t be too high. And if you do things smart and conservatively then you should get by alright. If you’re still a student or in between jobs, it’s the best time to see the sights and breathe the air of freedom.

Life-Changing Experience

Seeing how others live opens your mind to change. You begin to appreciate life more and see that there are in fact possibilities to “work to live” rather than “live to work” as so many are used to in North America. Take the time to talk to others, don’t settle in with the rich class in the Ritz Hotel, but instead try to see what it would be like from the eyes of the locals. Get the feel for social life in each place you visit, and you never know, you may end up wanting to completely change your way of life around and emigrate from wherever you live to a new and more exciting place. Since I have the ability to live in Amsterdam for a full year, I actually get the full experience of having my home be here and that’s a lot different than just coming here for a few weeks and seeing only the good things about the city. This way I see the good and the bad, but overall so far I’ve seen more advantages to living here than Toronto, to be honest. And after I travel throughout the rest of Europe, maybe I’ll fancy Barcelona, Milan, Lisbon, or Prague, etc. and eventually decide to move to one of those places. My only suggestion is to travel with an open mind, absorb as much of the lifestyles as possible, and stay positive. By staying positive, I mean that you don’t take the language barriers, or cultural differences, or having a lack of friends in the cities as a negative, but instead look forward to learning another language or developing knowledge in different cultures, and finding new friends and growing your connections even more.


  • Debbie said:

    Traveling is the most inspirational things anyone can do. It gives you the most life experience, especially when you do it alone. It’s an incredible thing. I really wish I could go and travel more.

  • Robby G (author) said:

    @Debbie: Traveling is truly inspired. I really have ambitions to see and get the feel of life and all it has to offer and maybe one day write a full novel on my travels. Or at least get inspired to write some fine fiction.

  • Mark said:

    I agree with Debbie.
    I need to save some money and head out to South America and go around like Che in Motorcycle Diaries. It’s just an amazing feeling that can’t be described. I guess something like freedom without bounderies like you described.

  • Robby G (author) said:

    @Mark: Yeah, and you never know, it might be the travels that’ll create a new great revolutionary?

  • Al said:

    Wow.. i cant wait to travel europe as well.. And then to asia, and south america, i feel like i really am missing a lot of travel in my life, i love it , and until i travel the world i dont know if i can feel complete lol. I love just experiencing the air in different countries, the people, the way of life. Nice pic by the way.
    .-= Al´s last blog ..Bubble Bum, Kapri Styles Gets Anal Creampie =-.

  • Robby G (author) said:

    @Al: Thanks for the comment. Travel really does open your eyes and gives you a feeling of contentment that you’ve actually lived and seen things rather than sat around and watched other people enjoying their travels on the tele.

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