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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

Hotel in Evia, Greece Artemis Hotel
Artemis Hotel
8, Ellispontou Str., 34006 Evia, Greece

Artemis Hotel enjoys a great, beachfront location in Amarynthos, close to shops and restaurants. Eretria is 10 km away. The center of Athens is 104 km away.

Studio & Appartment in Kalavrita, Greece Enastron Guesthouse
Enastron Guesthouse
Kalavrita, 25001 Kalavrita, Greece

Enastron Guesthouse is located in the town of Kalavrita, close to cafes and restaurants. The Ski Center of Kalavrita is 15.3 km away. The nearest airport is Araxos Airport which is 102 km away.

Hotel in Platamonas, Greece Hotel Lego
Hotel Lego
84, Egnatias Str., 60065 Platamonas, Greece

Set at the foot of Mountain Olympus, Hotel Lego is located in the coastal town of Platamonas, just a 15-minute walk from the long Platamonas beach. The archaeological site of Dion is 30 km away from the hotel and the traditional village of Palei Poroi is only a 10-minute drive. Katerini town is at 40 km, while Thessaloniki is 110 km away.


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