I don't travel for a passport stamp, a sensationalist tale to tell, or just to declare I've been there. I travel to connect my personal story with another - to build a community that is larger than my own little neighborhood. When I take journeys to different parts of the world, I'm able to connect with different cultures. I learn about how they live, and in turn it widens my view of the world. Suddenly, Pennsylvania Dutch cooking isn't the most popular food around anymore, colonial is one of many styles of breath-taking architecture, and Peace Valley Park is only a tiny portion of the vast expanse of Earth's natural beauty, the beauty that makes eyes moist. I am able to appreciate so much more through traveling and letting myself become exposed to other ways of life. My love of trekking across the globe, however, needs to be automatically paired with certain expectations. Journeys like these bring stretching, new experiences, tight friendships, and thrilling adventures. In a nutshell, that means to always be prepared for anything. And that, right there, may be the best part of it all.