Virtual Traveling

There are some people who get to travel the world and there are others who only get to live vicariously through other people’s adventures; I am the latter.

It’s a little sad to say that I’ve never been out of the country before, so I can’t really relate to other people when they wanna talk about their global endeavors. I’ve been to most of the Hawaiian Islands, but have only visited a couple other states on the mainland.

Unlike other people, I don’t have any stamps in my passport (I don’t even own a passport at all, for that matter). But that doesn’t mean that I don’t dream of traveling the world–emphasis on the word DREAM.

Every so often, I’ll find myself day-dreaming about traveling to different countries. But sometimes day-dreaming just doesn’t cut it…so I “virtually travel” instead. Is that even a real thing? I don’t know, but that’s what I do! I hop on my computer and just scour the internet to see what other people have posted about their own travels.

I really love how technology makes it so simple to share our most joyous moments with other people. And although cameras can never truly do a place justice, there are some people who are so gifted at documenting their adventures, that it feels like I am right there with them. Photos can stop time and offer a snippet of a particular moment and videos can really showcase how a certain location looked.

But I think one of the reasons I love writing so much, is because words can also take you to another place that you’ve never been before. Ever get lost in a really good book? Well, I have. And I love that feeling. I love how the Internet makes it so easy to get immersed in a particular location, that you kinda forget that you’re sitting behind a computer screen.

Even though I haven’t traveled much (yet), I can still find happiness in traveling the globe virtually. But when I stop day-dreaming and reality sets in, I remember that I live in Hawai’i. I live in a state that everyone loves and is so eager to visit. I remember that I am so blessed to call this place my home. I realize that while I was day-dreaming of other places, I forgot that I was truly living the dream. There’s splendor right outside my door, and sometimes I need to remind myself that.

Obviously I would love to vacation around the globe, but Hawaiʻi is my home. And regardless of where you are in the world or who you’re with, there is always an adventure waiting to happen.

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