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How traveling made me find the meaning of life

Greece ● Kythnos ● 30 April 2017
 

Travelling is for many people the purpose of their life. They save money the whole year to have the opportunity to spend some days in the destination they are dreaming for months. And how about me? Things for me were different. When I was a kid, I found travelling boring. For a kid, the daily routine is something stable and precious that no child wants to leave. And then, I grew up and as an adult, packing and unpacking was tiring for me. I thought it would be better to stay home sleeping and watching movies, if I wanted to get rest. I thought travelling was the opposite of rest.

Happy traveller

Well, this is not completely wrong. Travelling is not quite the synonymous of relaxation. You have to wake up early to catch the flight and explore the new destination. You walk the whole day, visit museums, learn new things and try to communicate in a language that is not your mother-tongue. And basically, you sleep in a hotel you don't know, in a bed that can't offer you the comfort of your own mattress. Yes, all of these are true. And with this kind of attitude, I was avoiding to travel, I was sitting home when I was tired, and my vacations were only on an island near Athens, my hometown. But as an adult, I haven't realised that I needed something different, something that could pull me away from the boredom and the frustration I felt. I haven't given myself the chance to feel free and alive. I was only 25 years old, and I was acting like an old woman.

Someday, a friend of mine invited me in his country house on a small, unexplored island of Greece, in Kythnos of Cyclades. My first reaction was to refuse his invitation. But then, I took a look at my life, at my boring, ordinary life. Did this life have a meaning? Dreams, wishes, adventures and inevitably frustrations? Or was it a life full of gaps, a story, which was not interesting enough to be narrated to my children?

Kythnos Kolona bach

I went to Kythnos, and I was impressed by the crystal waters of its sea, the authenticity of the local people, the white-washed houses and the pebbled streets of the main village. But most of all, I was impressed by its aura, the resuscitative atmosphere that exploring a new place can give you. And suddenly, I have found the purpose of my life. I wanted to explore every island of Greece. I wanted to start with the unspoiled, away from mass tourism, islands. And then, continue with every corner of this blessed country, learn the culture of every location, meet new people, go out of my comfort zone. Of course, I know that for this goal, I need years. Nothing is easy, and nothing can be given to you without effort. Happiness needs effort. And this is why when we reach it, we feel enough satisfaction to keep trying with our life. At the end of the day, we only live once.

Where to Stay

Studio & Appartment in Lipsi, Greece Michalis Studios
Michalis Studios
Lipsi, 85001 Lipsi, Greece

Michalis Studios is centrally located in Lipsi town, just a 3-minute walk away from the port. The nearest beach is a 6-minute walk away.

Studio & Appartment in Skopelos, Greece Yellow Stella Studios
Yellow Stella Studios
Skopelos Town, 37003 Skopelos, Greece

Yellow Stella Studios are located just 10 minutes walk from the main port in Skopelos town. The distance from the island's second main port, Glossa, is 23 km. The nearest beach in Skopelos town is 750 m away from the studios and there is a good bus connection to other popular beaches of the island.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Klonos Anna
Klonos Anna
48, Kazantzaki Str., 18010 Aegina, Greece

The family run Klonos Anna hotel is located 5 minutes walk from Kolona beach and 1.3 km from the main port of Aegina island and the center of the town. Aegina can be easily reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), or Agistri and Methana islands.


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