So the night out in Roppongi from the previous day (blog post here) turned into an excursion – we didn’t return back to our hostel till 6:30am the next day. We slept a couple hours then had to make our way towards Fuji.
But I thought this post would a good opportunity to talk about an awesome benefit that comes with travelling – meeting new people!
In the last few months, I’ve been moving around a ton of countries (Cambodia, Namibia, Japan) and have met a whole heap of people with intriguing stories and insights into life.
Not only that – meeting new people has fed into my own understandings of the world. When you meet people, you are challenged; to understand new ways of thinking whilst sharing parts of yourself with others that you’ve met in a short space of time.
And in a world where our lives are defined by comfortable routine, travel represents an enigmatic paradox.
Humans need other humans in order to flourish, but we are also protective of ourselves and therefore fail to trust easily.
Being on the road, and sometimes on your own, requires you to navigate that paradox in order to maximize the travel experience.
Hence why we came home at 6:30am.
Because even though we were knackered after a long day exploring the various districts in Tokyo, we knew that meeting new people and sharing in collective experiences would only serve to make the memories of this trip better.
And 4 days in – the bar has been set high for the rest of the trip to come.
*I would also love to hear about your travel experiences – who are some people that you’ve met and what crazy adventures did all of you get up to!
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