Instead of writing about destinations today, I want to give my perspective about traveling with more insight and meaning. There are many things I have learned being away from home. The obvious dealing with visiting new countries and experiencing their cultures, but also I’ve discovered things about myself. When you travel solo or with a partner, you experience a level of independency that is hard to come across otherwise. This is how traveling has helped me become a better person.
When traveling, you encounter so many situations that are unlikely to happen at home. When I was living in Bangkok, I felt that I was the only one who spoke English at times. I wanted to avoid speaking because I didn’t want to be embarrassed by not being able to communicate. This made me feel scared and nervous, but moments like these force you to overcome those little fears… then laugh about it later! Traveling pushes you out of your comfort zones for all the right reasons.
Appreciate More with Less
Do you want to know what I own? I own enough clothes to fill half a suitcase, a bluetooth speaker, a laptop, a cell phone, hair straightener, toiletries, and various small items like tweezers and nail clippers, and a backpack. That’s it. Letting go of all of the things I owned has brought me personal satisfaction. I am beyond happy that I can feel so much joy in life without owning the things people seem to strive for. Things like a car, designer clothes, and so on. I appreciate so much more in life because of this. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that this is not the life for everyone, but I encourage you to try it once.
This isn’t necessarily a way I’ve become a better person, but just a pro in general. Since I left America, I’ve found an immense amount of support through people I’ve known. I’ve chatted with many people I haven’t talked to in years and they all have said what I’m doing with my life is amazing. Being an inspiration to people is something I’ve never really experienced and if I can get one person to travel more or just go for what they desire, then I’m speechless. Something I always say is, “it’s easy if you make it easy.” I think people get caught up in reasons why they can’t do something, but you should focus on how you can do it instead.
There have been so many small achievements I’ve experienced during my travels and every time I think, “damn, I’m so responsible!” I’ve given myself so many compliments for being a real adult out here and I am proud! I actually lived in multiple countries and continents… that is impressive. Each time I successfully board a flight on time or manage to figure out a local-life task, it’s a great feeling. You think paying bills is the struggle when ‘adulting’? Talk to me when you’ve dealt with the Thai mafia trying to scam you.
Most importantly, traveling helps me become a better person because I am actually living my life. Shocking, right?! I’m not wasting my days thinking of what I wish I could be doing, I’m actually doing it! I’m that person in people’s lives who can actually give real, honest travel advice and recommendations and I think that’s the most awesome thing ever. There are moments in life where things just feel right and this is mine.
It’s difficult to explain the true feelings of how traveling has improved the way I think, but know that it’s worth the trip to find out. Trust me, you won’t regret it.