Travel & Transformation Through the Eyes of a Co-founder

A potted plant can only grow as big as the pot will let it. The same is true of the human spirit; a life lived within the limited parameters of a routine will likely never reach its highest potential. In order to grow one must embrace the only truth in this world—impermanence, or as we often say, change.

But the embrace must be active. The human spirit has to seek out and foster change. Only then will true growth occur. Yet the change must be substantive, as well. Too often in modern culture, we seek change in superficial ways—a new tattoo, a new haircut, a new house, a new car, a new set of clothes. These changes are temporary and the person goes on living the same routine and the euphoria and impact of the alleged change quickly fades. The reason for this is that the change associated with the physical and material world is born out of the act of grasping. We buy things so we can have them. They are ours. We change how we look so that we feel different. We again attempt to possess the change ourselves. It is an ego driven change that ultimately fails because true change is not about grasping. It is about letting go. In other words, we must accept different experiences into our lives instead of trying to manufacture them within the borders of the current pot in which we live.

In my life, I have discovered that international travel is a very important tool on the path to letting go and accepting impermanence. Through travel we can immerse ourselves within cultures and peoples and places we have never before seen or known. And by doing so we necessarily expand the confines of the world in which we live and provide ourselves the tools to create and embrace change in our lives. One of the greatest aspects of true international travel is discomfort. Uncomfortable situations with language barriers, or being lost, or not recognizing the food. In the moment we struggle. But the clock ticks and the moment passes and what seemed difficult becomes a funny story or a jumping off point for real change in our lives. But the one commonality of each trying moment is that it eventually ends. These situations remind us that everything is temporary. And we must use this knowledge of impermanence even within those moments of extreme happiness—when we climb to the top of the highest mountain, gaze at the perfect sunset as it fades into the ocean, kiss the beautiful foreigner, or find that perfect local cuisine—you cannot grasp time it flows like a river toward the sea.

But through these experiences of impermanence we learn about ourselves and how we deal with change and by the mere fact of continually experiencing change we grow and transform within. This is what GlobeKick aims to do. It replants people around the world so that the pot in which they live no longer constricts them to the routine that keeps them from learning and growing. It seems simple because it is. GlobeKick strips away the manufactured complexities of life and reminds us that true learning and experiencing is something that is available to us all. All you need to do is look for it.

Rad Wood, Co-founder