"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us"
This is the journey of a lifetime. It's a once in a lifetime experience. And you have to take it if you have the chance. If I had not taken that chance, who knows what my life would have looked like now? It wouldn't even be close to as rich as it is now. I've seen places and I've met people that I would never have run into back home. Without this journey I would never have been to develop in the way that I have.
"Not all those who wander are lost"
To travel halfway across the world is not something you do in the blink of an eye. You have to be brave and have to have some self-esteem to dare to take the step out in the world. You leave everything you know back home behind you. The safety net you once had is no longer there. All of a sudden you don't have anyone taking care of you. Not only do you have to start taking care of your self, but you're also in charge on someone else's life. That is not to be taken lightly.
"Who lives sees, but who travels sees more"
It is only through actually living with another culture that you will begin to understand the world. As a tourist, you're not even close. And I have only started to scratch the surface of the people of this part of the world.
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page"
How could you possibly comprehend a single thing about the world if you haven't seen it and its people? If you never leave that place you call home and never experience the world, you won't really know what home is because you don't have a frame of reference. The world is a magnificent place and it has so much to offer. It's not until you get out there until you understand what you have been missing out on. The only thing you can do through pictures and stories is to dream. That dream won't become a reality until you see the places for yourself. To discover those places is to, piece by piece, unveiling you true self. You can not get the full story of a book, nor yourself, if you only read one page or see one place.