This is a guest post from my long time buddy Chad, who recently went on an amazing trip around the world. He was between jobs and took advantage to see a lot of the world. Chad and I met up in Seoul, Korea and attended the World’s Largest Mud Festival and had a great time visiting Seoul together. Here is a bit of his story!
Going from Carbondale to Clayton is just not as exciting as traveling from LA to Tokyo, as Iggy sings about in her hit song Fancy. So when I left Aldi foods in April I decided I needed to take a more exciting trip while cruising northbound on highway 54 and listing to Z107-7. Though my trip may not have been entirely inspired by the pop star I cannot say she wasn’t partially to blame. That being said I want to thank her for being the “realist.” I will also give a shout out to Guglielmo Marconi the Ialian radio pioneer. Without the combination of these two I may never have taken this trip… thank you Ms. Azalea and Mr. Marconi.
Now that I am back in the states, settled back into my job, and am starting my new career path I think about my expedition and have tons of lasting memories. Below are a few things I learned that I would like to share with those reading my personal chronicle:
1. People are the same wherever you go. I mean this with absolute sincerity. For the most part everyone wants to have success, be loved, love, maybe start a family one day, have fun, and enjoy life. Regardless if one is eating Kimchee or cheeseburgers, sitting on the floor or a picnic table, using chopsticks or a fork people know what really matters. Through my journey not once did I feel judged because I was Western. I had the feeling people waited to meet me before forming an opinion. I am thankful for the great people I met around the world.
2. People staying in hostels are the most AWESOME people in the world. No offence if you have never stayed in a hostel because I am sure you are awesome too but think about it this way… If you are staying in a hostel you are perhaps getting out of your comfort zone, interested in meeting other people, open to new ideas, willing to try some new things, and trusting of others. While staying in a hostel I met more great people and was able to find a connection with people from all areas of the country with ease. It felt similar to being a freshman in college because everyone is new and willing to meeting others. The people I met were most interested in enjoying everyday above all else.
3. “It’s like no time has passed hanging out with good friends.” I saw several good friends on the other side of the world that I have not hung out with in years. I am also not the best at keeping in touch with people not around me on a consistent basis so I have not talked to these friends in at least several months. But after about one sip of a Korean beer Mike Swigunski and I were “cuttin-up” like it was 2007. The same thing goes for Brad Kabac and I in Hong Kong. That being said I am thankful for all of my good friends.
Overall my traveling was absolutely amazing. If you have never traveled alone you should do it if the opportunity presents.