I love traveling but I hate being away from loved ones. Spending four months on the other side of the world teaches you to cherish every minute you spent with friends and family and to realize those precious moments don't come easy.
You also learn to make new friends. At first not everyone you meet will be your cup of tea, but you can't give up on them. People are multi-faceted, and you have to find their good qualities. Amplify what makes them wonderful and appreciate them.
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Not everything can be documented in photos. The taste of gelato on a hot summer day, the crazy bicycling incident, the feel of the Mediterranean Sea, the butterflies in your stomach, the brief but interesting exchanges with locals, and the messy parts in life...occurrences like these can only be felt in the moment and logged into your memory bank to become stories to tell. And surprisingly, the things that go unphotographed are the things I remember best.