"There is a romance to traveling. It’s as if, when you leave your hometown, you also leave yourself behind. You are free to become whatever, whoever you care to imagine.
No one can say, “Oh, it’s so-and-so, the mom” or “So-and-so the underachiever” or “So-and-so the not-nearly-as-beautiful-as-her-older-sister.”
You’re a stranger, not just to everyone else, but to yourself.
You are wide open for self discovery.
And, perhaps because of that, you are more open to the rest of the world and its stories."