LIFE ON THE ROAD

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Submitted Date 09/03/2018
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Life on the road. It’s a peculiar thing. The fact that you left home and your good old comfort zone, puts pressure on your chest. Your shoulders carry a backpack full of things you’re not sure you’ll have to use or not. You feel overwhelmed with doubt. You don't know exactly where you’re going or what will happen. This makes you anxious and pumps you with the adrenaline to keep going nowhere. You take long buses or hitchhike on some random highway. Once you get to the next city or town, you look for a cheap place to stay. Once you've settled in, you go busking on the streets to make a buck for food. The weight of survival is on your shoulders but for some reason, you feel alright. This pushes you. At some point, you go for a hike and find an incredible mountain-city view. The fresh air and nature fill you up with inexplicable joy and sense of well-being. There is nothing left to do and nothing else matters. You sit and breath. The present moment is everything and you feel whole. This  sticks in your mind and becomes a memory you'll never forget. Still, you want more. You chase the same feeling again and get back out on the road.  

Photo by "El Viaje De Mis Fotos"

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  • Andrea Hope 2 years, 2 months ago

    You've captured the wanderer feeling so well. I spent several years Couchsurfing and seeking those moments of clarity on mountaintops or biking through towns, and many nights trying to figure out what to pack hahaha. Where have you traveled to?

    • Tomas Chough 2 years, 1 month ago

      Sorry I just saw this Andrea! That's awesome you've traveled like that as well! I've been to a bunch of places but this is specifically about a backpacking trip I did from Argentina up to Ecuador hitchhiking and taking buses.

  • Miranda Fotia 2 years, 1 month ago

    Beautifully written! I've been on road trips, but never been on the road in the way you described. It sounds exhilarating!

    • Tomas Chough 2 years, 1 month ago

      It was definitely an adventure! Thanks Miranda!