The joys of travel: Connecting with people

To say that I act differently when I travel is a HUGE understatement. When I'm at home, I like to be at home, work, visit with my friends and generally live a quiet, homebody-ish life. Because I work from home, I often really crave human interaction outside of my employees and my husband. Yet, when I'm home in Austin I still have trouble connecting with new people. I find when I meet new people I often don't spend much time getting to know them. For some reason, it's really hard for me to connect with people when I'm home. When I'm traveling, it is a totally different story. I crave meeting and getting to know people. I actually seek out actively connecting with new people. Like Armando, the owner of a sandwich shop I ate at everyday the entire six months I was in Italy.

Or these schools girls in China, I met during my trip through Shanghai. Even if we don't speak the same language I love just seeing them interact and experience life.

I also love learning from new people, like our tracker from Londolozi, Derek.

Derek helped us find and experience the most amazing animals while we are on safari. He also somehow talked me into taking a picture right by the hippos (an animal I am very, very afraid of). He promised to bring the rifle with him just in case, but as you can see in the picture, he lied :)

I can only hope that on my next adventure I continue to meet new, amazing people who open my eyes to new world views, customs, languages, ideas and more.