After reading the article Why We Travel , a couple of sentences really stuck with me and I plan to explore them on my trip to China this summer and in my future. One line that I thought was relevant and inquisitive was, ” the sovereign freedom of traveling comes from the fact that it whirls you around and turns you upside down, and stands everything you took for granted on its head. ” The idea of taking something for granted is one that often goes overlooked by the world we live in. Once you experience the raw shock of traveling from your culture to one that is far from similar to it, you realize that the differences are not only huge but also eye opening. On my journey to Cuba this past summer, I saw children my age running around on the streets all day kicking a soccer ball, and they were perfectly content the entire time. I do not think my friends and I could go that long without checking our cellphones and social media. It is astounding how d we can be born in the same year as someone, but grow up living lives that could never be labeled similar. Someone in the United States might be begging for a new iPhone X,while someone in Cuba is begging for a new pair of shoes at the same time. We do not admit to ourselves that taking advantage of something exists. Texting, driving, eating, shopping, and much more are all things that we would never consider to be a struggle. Even though it is hard to admit, taking advantage of basic things is a common action.