It’s a small world after all…

It’s a small world after all

We live in a massive world when you look at it from a geographical point of view. When you start thinking of all the people who live on it, it’s even bigger. 6+billion people, woah, what the!?? The reality is, when you link up all the minds of the people and the people they’ve met… People tend to cluster and like attracts like. The more you travel, the more you realize that.

It’s actually a very small world, whoever coined that term is a genius. Rolled over to dinner last night at a friend of a friends. They were surfing buddies throughout Indonesia in 2001, cool guy. Turns out him and his wife just came back from a 3 year stint in Arusha, Tanzania. What are the odds of meeting a friend’s friend in Bangkok who also knows a lot of the crowd you do in Africa?

The world’s an interesting place and the more you get out there, the more you meet people who are similar. Also met some other cool Canadians, Aussies and a dude from Atlanta. If travel is something you want to do, you gotta go out and do it.

Chances are you’ll meet someone on the other side of the planet that you have more in common with than someone you’ll meet round the corner… Remember, the reason you really know your childhood friends is because your parents decided to live in the same area, think about that one for a second, where are you going? Who are you? You’re not your parents…

Egregious tip of the hat,

P.S: Don’t expect to know where you’ll end up if you go, just know that if you DO GO, you’ll probably end up where you belong, even if you’ve never even heard of the place before.

12 Comments

  1. GotPassport

    April 25, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I agree- small world indeed and we keep running into each other! BTW: your food pictures in this post are awful (that is in defense of food) although the others are quite artsy.

    Chow from Texas (for the next three months anyway!)

  2. Rob

    April 25, 2011 at 7:10 am

    haha you are totally right. Ditched the dessert one, an insult to food. That said, one of best meals in a long time, sadly not doing it justice. Sure I’ll see you guys again and enjoy your time in Texas, you’re kinda like a visitor now… 😉

  3. Aubs

    April 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Well said Double L!! Especially appreciated the quote at the end.

    • Rob

      April 26, 2011 at 1:35 am

      Tip of the hat, good sir. Golf this summer regardless if you think I”m a hack. We will have much to discuss, I’m sure.

  4. Nomadic Chick

    April 25, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Like your take, Rob. It’s still surprising to me how much well all have in common, how much we all want the same things. Great post!

    • Rob

      April 26, 2011 at 1:35 am

      Thanks Jeannie, travel is a real eye opener. I’m sure your eyes are exploding in India. 😉

  5. Michael Hodson

    April 26, 2011 at 12:59 am

    I actually did a post called “It’s a Small World After All” also…. great minds 😉

    • Rob

      April 26, 2011 at 1:33 am

      Props on your Huffington Post article. If you’re reading this “Reg way to have your wedding in September, good one buddy.

      Best of luck and enjoy Dahab.

  6. Andrea

    April 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Great post – I completely agree! People are the same everywhere. The more I travel the more I realize that governments are the big differentiator for places.

  7. Abby

    April 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    TOTALLY! It’s so funny how you can jaunt off to the strangest, most far away places and come to find out you have more in common with certain people than you ever thought possible. I bet your posts encourage so many people who have been toying with the idea of long-term travel to take that final plunge. Excellent.

    • Rob

      April 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Abby; as my tag line says “you’ll never know unless you go.”

  8. Cailin

    May 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I have written two posts now about small world moments where I have literally met people I know just randomly on the other side of the world.
    But it is so true what you are saying, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately that the city I know and the friends I have were choices of my parents.
    When I was a kid my parents best friends daughter was my best friend but now that we are both adults and aren’t being thrown together as our only friends on family vacations and aside from being Facebook friends we never actually talk to each other and I often have more in common and more to talk about with someone new that I just met half way around the world than her.
    very interesting thought 🙂

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