I follow this Travel Vlogger on YouTube and Instagram who wrote as a caption on one of her pictures that it is so amazing to wake up in a city where nobody knows you, you have the freedom and independence to do things and explore things without the fear of judgment. And that is what inspired me to write this piece traveling without judgment. 

That caption clicked with something in my mind and I agree so wholeheartedly with this statement. I went into flashbacks thinking of all my holidays and I couldn’t agree more with this statement. It does seem the best part of any holiday or trip to another city is usually the fact that nobody knows you and you are free to do whatever you want without the fear of being judged. 

So yes it is ok for me to dance in my hotel room to cheap music because nobody cares or knows me, it’s ok for me to hop around a beach on a full moon night without inviting stares. It is ok for me to sit and have chai at a local cafe that is usually occupied by men. It’s ok for me to wear shorter shirts, or dresses without others commenting. It is ok for me to wear too much make-up just to go out shopping, it is ok for me to look at things and not buy them. It is ok for me to walk out of a restaurant without ordering anything. 

So much is ok when you are away from all that judgment. It is eventually this lack of judgment that makes us happy, that makes us constantly desire travel, that makes us want to be away from where we are right now.  So what got me thinking was; do I actually like traveling or is it the option of being away from judgment that makes me want to travel?

I’m still trying to figure it out, but there is one more aspect of traveling that I absolutely love, the exploration of a new place, culture, and people. I love people watching and imagining what their lives are like. How they are different from me yet how similar we all are. I love exploring places with the 5 senses to understand not only what I see but understand the story every city wants to tell. 

The universe is telling its story and I travel to read it. speaking of reading, if you are interested in reading here is a list of books that you may find interesting

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Written by

Asma Siddiqui

The journey is what matters, not the destination!

I'm a food fanatic, a wishful traveler, a voracious bookworm, a compulsive cat-petter, and the silliest adult in disguise. On good days, I'm outside exploring the world. On better days, I'm inside reading books and sipping on a hot beverage that looks like chai or coffee. And on the remaining days, I write about my escapades.

I'm on my way to where I need to be, loving what I love to do and being awesome all the way.