14 Years of Travel and Still Lost - Introspective Life

After 14 years of travel, I am still searching for something, I am just not sure what.

Traveling the planet forced me to see the world as it is, and not as I wanted it.

After 14 years, soon to be 15 years of perpetual world travel, I do not want to mislead you, I am still lost in many ways, but much softer and wiser. I have the patience to listen, without the need to fix or change the people in my life, I have the faith they all will be fine.

All of Nature is a Battlefield

I agree full heartedly with Charles Darwin that all of nature is a battlefield, and after 14 years of travel, I have yet to find the way off the field of battle.

I do not care for the romanticized view of travel, the act of moving will not make one a better human being, travel has allowed me to see all the battles of life up close, and way too personal.

And, if all the world and nature is a battlefield, and I have wandered the planet for so many years, on this battlefield, then what doe it prove? It proves I am capable of winning any battle that planet earth gives me, and yet, I cannot find a way off the field of battle.

The world is full of beautiful people and places to see, it is a great place for the curious mind.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
- Charles Darwin

Life is good,

Andy Graham - Grand Bassam - Cote d’Ivoire December 2012


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Loved this entry! Great Darwin quotes. You're a true soldier.

I enjoy reading some of your posts because many years ago (30 years) I did what you are doing for four years or so. I traveled much of the world with a backpack and never wanted to quit. But after several years I found myself suddenly travelling back and forth to the same places, meeting friends I had made repeatedly and that was when I realized it was time to go home. I seemed to be no longer exploring but I was just using time...hard to explain. Maybe you have felt it before. I came back home, married and have three sons. I feel as though I have had the best of both worlds. I wouldnt trade either. I want my sons to put on a backpack one day and go out and explore....very different now with cell phones and computers....seems harder to "lose" oneself but it still looks fascinating. Happy travels.

Wow. I guess I have the itchy foot also and the inability to stop traveling. I started traveling in 1968 and have lost the memory of what is home. I am registered to vote in one state in the US but that is about as close to having a home as I can get.
Home has become one of several places I like to travel to and also includes new places I will explore. Home to me is a good airline, train, or cruise ship. At this point in my life I could not physically force my right hand to sign a mortgage contract or even an apartment rental agreement. After a few weeks I would have to travel. I miss the feel of gear up, climb out, and the first meal on a good airline. And I would definitely miss the first night at sea aboard a good cruise ship. What is just over the horizon, around the next corner or on the next south sea island had a fatal attraction to me.
Phillip J

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