Travel isn’t always beautiful, but it’s always worth it

June 20, 2010 in Postcards

Heureux qui, comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyageJoachim du Bellay

"Happy is he who like Ulysses has made a beautiful voyage"

Roughly translated, this means “Happy is he who, like Ulysses, has made a beautiful voyage.” Ever since stumbling across this mosaic on Castle Hill, the quote has stuck with me. While I’ve forgotten much of what I learned during Greek mythology freshman year, I do remember Homer’s Odyssey wasn’t always romantic sunsets and smooth sailing. The 10-year return from Troy was marked by constant challenges and difficulties.

Travel isn’t always beautiful. It can be frustrating, lonely, tiring. There are times that I wonder if I’ve made the right decision, times when I’m on the verge of tears in the middle of the street because I’m overwhelmed and alone. But then I think about this quote, and I realize that it’s all worth it. Not every day is a postcard, but every day can be a story that you look back on with a smile.

  • did i ever tell you that when people talk about how fabulous their friends are, I tell them about you? Yup, that you are living in France, eating nutella gelato, and generally living the life that most people dream of?

    Just thought that i'd tell you that I have become a little bit of a brag-a-sarus.

    lop

  • camorose

    You are SO SWEET! I think you need to come visit so I can introduce you to the amazing Nutella finds here! Can't wait to do a night out in the city when I'm back–and seriously, you just put the biggest smile on my face! Pi love <3

  • Katelyn

    I have this picture that you sent me hanging up on my bathroom mirror to remind me how beautiful traveling is. Even when it feels lonely and overwhelming at times…it's ALWAYS worth it in the end!

  • Sofia_AsWeTravel

    So agree. Travel looks pretty on the outside, but once you get into it you see the not so pretty side of it pretty early into you trip..

  • Sofia_AsWeTravel

    Agree.. Travel looks pretty but once you get into it you see the ugly side of it pretty early into your trip..:)

  • I love that. You're right. Travel can be really freakin' difficult and challenging. But you're right–it totally is worth it, and it's an incredible learning experience in so many ways.

  • camorose

    Hopefully not TOO early into the trip, but yes, the ugly side does show itself in flight delays and lost luggage, among various other things. Thanks for commenting!

  • camorose

    So true–and you were the first one I wanted to share this picture with 🙂

  • camorose

    Hopefully not TOO early into the trip, but yes, the ugly side does show itself in flight delays and lost luggage, among various other things. Thanks for commenting!

  • camorose

    So true–and you were the first one I wanted to share this picture with 🙂

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