The one thing I've always wanted to do in life is travel--I didn't care how I got to do it, but I've always known that I've wanted to see as much of this world and its people as possible.
An unexpected effect of travel has always been how leaving your life can ground you in what you want your life to be. This was particularly true in my last trip to Germany and the Czech Republic.
While being surrounded by pastels, fairy-tale castles, and breathtaking sunrises, I couldn't stop thinking about how beautiful it was and how I wish I could be surrounded by the people that I loved.
When I was away, the feeling of homesickness wasn't necessarily associated with a place; but I definitely had a withdrawal from the feeling of home that my friends have given me. I've always loved and appreciated my friends and I hope that they've felt that from me, but I don't think I ever fully realized how important their companionship meant to me until I didn't have that companionship for a few weeks.
My friends constantly inspire me and they keep me going every day and push me to be the best that I can be. I am eternally grateful for that. Although castles are beautiful and inspiring in their own right, I realized that they hold no match to how much my friends leave me in awe every day.
The photos below show some of the most beautiful places in this world, but they have nothing on my how beautiful my friends are.