Know Thyself – Travel

Hey everyone,

Welcome to the fifth part in the Know Thyself series. I understand why it may seem confusing as to how travel can help you learn more about the person you are at your very core. However, there will always be a reason why we do the things we do and make the choices that we make and all of this help explain that.

In this part of the series, I would request all of you to do a little something different. The questions will ask you to make a decision and then explain why you made that decision. When giving the reasons, make sure to ask yourself why once again and repeat that until your reason reveals how you want to feel.

I’ve written about this in my Decision Making 2.0 blog post. You can read that first before coming back to this one and answering the questions but the general idea of it is:

Be more concerned with how you want to feel instead of what you want. Because, at the end of the day, we’re after the feeling anyway.

I know this is a question that not a lot of people expect to come first, but I think this one is the one that we would spend quite a bit thinking about, because 24 hours is not a lot of time to do much.

For me, the answer would be Japan. More specifically, I’d want to spend the entire day at the Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. I recently visited Universal Studios Singapore and I had a lot of fun there. However, USJ has always been top of my priority list.

One of the main reasons I want to go there is because they have The Wizarding World of Harry Potter park. I did not grow up watching Harry Potter. I only discovered it one year after leaving high school, But it came to me at the right time, nevertheless.

I love Harry Potter and I have always wanted to visit Hogwarts. Hogwarts has always been the dream. And I believe that if i get t visit the place, it would be like I’m actually in the movie and a part of it.

The movies helped me while I was depressed and any time I wanted to feel like I was part of something bigger than myself, or that anything was possible, I’d watch a Harry Potter movie. Getting to USJ and to the Hogwarts castle, it would prove that is true.

I’m aware that they have the Hogwarts castle in other Universal Studios and that there is a Harry Potter studio in London. However, this question states that I would only get to spend 24 hours in the country and that is why I chose Japan.

You probably didn’t see this one coming either and that was completely on purpose. I wanted to diversify the types of questions I asked to really take into account the various aspects of travel and how it can make us think about different areas of our lives and put things into perspective.

If you’ve read my blog before, then you know that I have been learning Spanish for about a year and a half now. Naturally, the continent I would choose to backpack is South America. In fact, this is one of the biggest goals I have in my life.

When you think one year, it might seem like a lot of time, but if you think about how many countries there are in a continent, how many amazing cities there are in each country and how many exciting places to visit and things to do within each of those cities, you’ll realize that one year is actually too damn short to do everything.

One of the main reasons why I want to backpack South America is because I have always been in love with Latin American culture and how it is so similar yet so different between each country.

I think it’s really cool that almost all the countries in the entire continent, speak one language That is so different when compared to Asia, Africa and even Europe. And knowing that language means that I will be able to go to each country and possibly even live like a native.

I know deep down in my heart, that South America will feel like going home to a place I used to live in, in another life. A place that I will pass, but has a special place in my heart. A place that I will visit once, and feel nostalgic every time I think about it, but not have the courage to visit for the second time fearing I may never want to leave again.

From 24 hours, to a year, to a lifetime. I’m hitting all angles in this one.

If I had to choose a country to settle down in forever, I would choose Germany. And if you had asked me this question two years ago, Germany would have been the last place on my mind. I hated Germany, and that was because they beat Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup. But I’ve come to realize just how amazing it is. However, I do have some personal reasons for wanting to live there.

First of all, football. Do I even need to explain this? I love Bayern Munich and I would love to be able to attend some of their matches, watch it live, scream from the stands. Living in Germany would mean that I don’t just have to watch the match on tv, I get to do it in real life.

German Football gave me something to be excited about, something to look forward to and something to truly bring meaning into my life when I felt like I didn’t have anything left to live for.

German football came into my life when I was battling depression for the second time in my life. It saved me and it will always be a huge part of my life. I want to live in Germany so football will always be there whenever I need it, and that makes me feel safe.

Secondly, Europe. Germany is in Europe, obviously. But living in a country in Europe means that I get to travel all around Europe anytime I want. There is easy access between countries in the continent, the currency remains the same and you can easily find cost effective methods to go where you want and do what you want to do.

From what I know, there are trains that will take you all around Europe. Germany shares its border with Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic Denmark and Poland. It is also incredibly close to Spain, Portugal, Italy and even the UK.

The reason why Germany being in Europe is one of the reasons I want to live there is because it makes me feel like everything is within reach, everything is possible and I have the freedom to choose.

Finally, Germany has quality a lot of things. Growing up in Malaysia, the education system was not the greatest. However, Germany has one of the best education systems in Europe. In middle school and high school, students are taught English and a lot of people in Germany are able to speak in English which is a very important language in the world.

Universities are free or incredibly cheap if you are able to speak the language. I love that if I were to live in Germany and decided that I wanted to pursue my masters degree, then I would not have to worry about how much money it is going to cost me, only that I needed to have the right qualifications to get in.

Being able to have access to quality education, quality public transport, quality health care system and so much more makes me feel like I’m living a quality life and it makes me feel like I’m finally getting things I am worthy of.

I can go on and on explaining why I want to live in Germany but I think this post is long enough already for now. So I will end it here.

Until next time.

Much love,

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