I think it is the people I meet on my travels that make the journey worth it. One journey that sticks out in my mind is when a decided to take a hike through one of the ancient parts of the Silk Road called the Huihang Trail.
To get there, I hopped on an overnight train where I met 2 friendly Korean students. The only language we had in common was Chinese (we were all beginner students) which led to some broken yet entertaining conversation.
When I arrived at the trail, I quickly made a Chinese friend who had also decided to hike the trail and we became travel partners for the rest of the trail.
These amazing people as many others I've met prove to me that language and culture are only barriers we create in our minds, that can easily be overcome with a bit of effort and lots of laughs.