Waking up with bad news all over the internet has become our daily bread. People all around us are full of negative thoughts and fear. I understand this feeling and it is a hard one to shake. We cannot help but no longer feel safe on our planet. This morning, I was digging through the recent stories: Baghdad, Medina, even Brexit. Surfing through the pages, I felt like there was no safe place in the world. But the good thing about my brain is that it never fails me in negative times. It always finds a way to disconnect me from awful news and make me look at the positive aspect of our planet. I know this is hard but you can do it. So I clicked on the travel section of the BBC website – travel being the only thing to cheer me up during those moments – and found this article called “50 Reasons to #LoveTheWorld“. This was it. I was on the verge of losing hope but going through this, I found there are so many reasons to love our world! You can read the full article here.
Here are my favorite quotes that writers, chefs, musicians, and photographers gave to explain why they madly #LoveTheWorld.
Because I finally climbed to the top of Florence’s iconic Duomo, and was rewarded with a view virtually unchanged since Michelangelo’s day.
– Eric Weiner, BBC Travel contributor
Because while I was travelling in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Colombia, the family of this extraordinary Kogi girl made me local lemonade and welcomed me into their world.
– Simon Reeve, BBC TV host
Because sometimes even extraordinary buildings like the Taj Mahal are humbled by the simple beauty of everyday life.
Because at sunrise in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, at the rugged, empty edge of the habitable world, I felt small again.
Because I finally went to Mexico for Día de los Muertos and discovered that every once in a while, reality can exceed expectations.
– Brad Cohen, BBC Travel Thirsty Explorer
Because seeing a chicken try to decide whether to cross the road in Hanoi made me ponder life’s great philosophical questions.
– David Farley, BBC Travel Eatimology columnist
Because one small friendship made on the JR Yamanote line in Tokyo reminded me that age, location and language don’t have to be barriers to forming friendships – even fleeting ones.
Because when I was about as miserable as I have ever been – drenched in sweat and rainwater, covered in mosquito bites, my hiking shoes and socks caked in mud, exhausted after hours of mud-sloshing, branch-whacking, and millipede-dodging in the jungly wilds of northern Cambodia – my guide pointed into the gloom and I saw, not 15ft from where I stood, a giant face carved in rock on the top of a tower. I was reminded yet again how the world graces us with inexhaustible wonder.
– Don George, BBC Travel contributing editor
Because the beauty of the Grand Canyon causes people to break out into expressions of unedited joy.
Because jumping into a river with millions of bright red salmon made me happy to be alive.
– Josh Humbert, BBC Travel contributor
Because I realised in the stark landscape of Tigrai in Ethiopia that you can step inside a church carved out of solid rock and instantly find hushed solitude.
– Finlo Nelson Rohrer, BBC News Magazine editor
Because I sailed aboard a small boat in Norway’s Lysefjord and realised there’s nothing grander than feeling tiny.
– Terry Ward, BBC Travel contributor
Because I spent a twilight swimming with blind fish in a Yucatán cenote, reminding me how many hidden and mysterious places the world has to explore.
– Lindsey Galloway, BBC Travel Worldwide Weird columnist
Because I trekked in the Gheralta Mountains in northern Ethiopia, and it reminded me that travel is the cure for thinking you know or have seen it all.
Because while flying into London, I realised the aisle vs window seat debate had finally been settled.
– Andy Murdock, BBC Travel contributor
Any favorite? Why do you love the world?