February 14th, 2018
There’s an old adage which states “to travel is to live.” This statement is evident until today. Gone are the days where I spent most of my hard-earned money on buying material things. Yes, I know that everyone wants to travel but only a few ones can really get to experience it. It’s probably one of the many reasons why we choose to spend our vacations at home or buying things and foods just to reward ourselves for all our hard work. However, as I grow up, I realized that it’s better to seek life-changing experiences rather than to buy temporary things. Travelling other cities and countries became one of my top priorities because experiencing different cultures, meeting awesome people and tasting mouth-watering kinds of foods made me appreciate more the beauty and uniqueness that every place I travel to has to offer. There is something about travelling that makes my heart pound and my body excited. As for people who consider themselves “adrenaline junkie” like me, could agree that nothing compares to the gift of being alive and make our lives meaningful by leaving a positive impact to the world.
Indeed, we need to work and provide for our daily needs. But did you know that by travelling, it could also open doors of opportunities and might give you valuable lessons that are worth-remembering in your life? It might sound a cliché, but it made me a better person both in my personal and professional lives. Below are the top five ways that my life changed because of travelling:
Burning desire to see and experience everything as much as possible
Being in my 20’s, I can absolutely say that travelling made me a free-spirited and carefree person because I develop a thirst for seeking adventures and be more knowledgeable about the world. It has been my sweet escape from the daily buzz of my adult life. You see, we could be so lost in making a living that we forget that we could also get a life outside of our work.
The world is a wonderful place to explore and the possibilities are limitless. It’s about possessing a strong mindset capable of prioritizing what matters in life. It feels rewarding to allow ourselves to be influenced by everything that we might experience. The excitement of immersing myself in different cultures taught me to become open-minded and aim to experience life to the fullest. Seeing and interacting with the locals of the country I’m visiting made me see life through different lenses. Beautiful tourist spots have captivated my heart because they represent what makes their country unique among others. In addition, there were thrilling adventures that forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself to overcome my fears. I am truly amazed of everything I learned just by going to places I have never been to before.
Embrace uncertainty & trust that it will work out
Going to unfamiliar places is scary. What’s worse is when I have no idea where exactly I’m trying to go. It can be hard to be positive when all I’m thinking about is the possibility that I might get lost and embarrass myself to everyone I will encounter. Of course, nobody wants to look stupid in front of people as it will be damaging to our self-esteem and confidence. But I realized that it is okay to trust the uncertainty of my journey because if I always knew what will happen all along, my life will be boring. It is when we are left to our own devices that we will know who we truly are and an opportunity to test our capabilities. We are forced to be strategic and figure out how to come up with solutions when unexpected problems arise. The thing is, it is challenging that makes it exciting.
Another reason is that it will surprise you just how reliable and friendly people are. We are able to open ourselves up to them and build trust as we discover what makes a certain country tick. When we went to Sydney for the first time, I had a sudden rush of anxiety I felt inside of me trying to predict if we are going to be able to make it and see everything we can. However, reality can sometimes be really funny. What happened was far from everything we have planned. We chose to do it ourselves without the assistance of tourist guides. We researched the top places to see around. We were able to see breath-taking views and people were kind and approachable that we never bothered being lost. It’s fun because when you discover things it also gave you a deeper understanding of how different each country. Even though it’s daunting at first, it’s still a worth-remembering moment that left a profound impact on my life. I learned that travelling transformed my way of thinking because there will always be uncertainty that we will experience, what matters is how we deal with it.
Build Friendships with Different People
One of the most important parts of travelling is that I get to meet people from all walks of life. Being able to share my journey with these people and get to know them personally became an eye-opener for me just how much travel can do to a person. It enabled me to have confidence and approach people no matter how scary it was. Getting to know the locals, as well as my co-travellers, made it possible for me to form a human connection and believe in the power of vulnerability.
A country like Korea is nothing but one of the best places I have ever visited. The simple reason is that because of this experience, I am able to meet inspiring and loving people. We were in a group as we tour around the incredible country with our supportive tourist guides (they’re Koreans). How I wish I could turn back time and spend more precious time with them. An impeccable impact that will forever be cherished in my heart is the amazing friendships that were built in just a matter of time. When we travel, we meet people and even though there is a probability that we will never see them again, it will be an unforgettable memory that you would be gladly look back on and make you smile. :)
Live in the moment
It can feel like time flies really fast when we are enjoying something we’re passionate about. If you’re anything like me, travelling helped me heal and break free from the rollercoaster of emotions that I felt dealing with my day-to-day activities. It’s a great opportunity to forget everything for a while and savour every moment while it last. Being patient waiting for the bus, figuring out what makes a certain country different from others, enjoying the company of new-found friends, strengthening the bond between family members and just being thankful for the moment. Words can’t really describe how much travel can do in transforming anyone’s life.
Allow the World to Shape Me to become the Best I could be
I consider my journey to be an empowering experience because I have learned the value of what it means to live a meaningful life. As an aspiring businesswoman, it unleashed my unwavering desire to get out of my comfort zone and embrace uncertainty and challenges. If you think about it, when certain things stop challenging you, you know you stop growing as well. I’m not saying you have to save and spend your money to travel all the time, but it could also be in simple efforts that you are willing to do in order to learn and discover something new. In my own experience, I admit I used to be a person who would rather sit in one corner than approach someone and make it an awkward situation, refuse to take part in an exciting adventure and let opportunities pass her by. It’s when I become passionate about travelling that opened my eyes to the things that I’m not paying attention to before. I become more interested in expanding my mind and horizon. Different countries with different cultures have influenced the way I perceive the world. The fun of figuring out how I am going to get along with them makes my journey worthwhile. The overall experience pushed me to be someone I could be proud of.
Along the enjoyment of experiencing endless opportunities, exploring places and meeting different kinds of people, I was able to learn a lot about myself too. This is the best thing about travelling and it will always have a special place in my heart.
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