I chanced upon this article “Why you should travel young” and it is brilliant.
Honest, to the point, eye-opening and hits oh-so-close to home.
“Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you. You will begin to understand that the world is both very large and very small. You will have a newfound respect for pain and suffering.
You won’t always be young. And life won’t always be just about you. So travel, young person. Experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion. While you still can.”
This is it.
This is my promise to myself. Travel often and travel far, dear Atikah, for this is your calling.
Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts (and minds) may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts which are in their breasts.
( سورة الحج , Al-Hajj, Chapter #22, Verse #46)