I have been traveling the world for years now ( since the age of 16), and there are many things I’ve learned along the journey. People often ask me how and why I travel, so I’ve compiled the following list. I hope it inspires you to travel too!
1.Finding Happiness Through Experiences Versus Things
We live in a time where society has been heavily influenced and blindsided by consumerism. I grew up with the ideology that the more stuff I owned and obtained ( ie car, house, electronics etc), the happier I would become.
However, while attempting to keep up with the Jones so to speak, I realized that material possessions and “stuff”, never seemed to equate with any sort of long-term happiness or fulfillment.
Sure, don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy a good stroll throughout a local marketplace as well as having the basics of an Android phone, Laptop etc, yet true happiness for me comes through connecting with others, as well as meaningful experiences versus buying material possessions.
2. Becoming A Better Human Being
Traveling, particularly off the beaten path to places like Morocco and India has opened my eyes and helped me understand how the rest of the world lives. Coming from the first world and experiencing first world type problems, it’s been important for me to identify with others struggles on a daily basis. Through doing this I believe I have embraced a good sense of humility.
3. Educating Myself Through Travel
Although I’m a huge advocate for higher learning and extremely grateful for my college education, I believe that in order to successfully grow as human beings, we need to travel. From the time I was born until the age of 16, I resided in a small Western Australian seaside town where everybody virtually knew each other by name.
Don’t get me wrong, the sunsets were beautiful and I was afforded the luxury of living in a community that both thrived and was safe, however, in doing so, I virtually knew nothing about the world at large.
I understand that not everybody wants to travel internationally (although I’d highly recommend it for the purposes of meeting the amazing cultures, countries, and people that exist out there). In any case, I would definitely encourage people to step outside of their comfort zone and more importantly their town or city, as often as they possibly can.
Every single time I have traveled I have learned something. Whether it’s allowing myself to have a greater appreciation for nature, connecting with others who are living differently from myself or simply evaluating my life’s purpose – traveling has always been the catalyst to see that happen.
4. To Face My Fears ( False, Evidence, Appearing, Real)
If we listened to the media we would probably never ever travel. On a daily basis, there are acts of terrorism or violence happening somewhere around the four corners of our globe. I believe much of what we hear is sensationalism hard at work keeping society living in perpetuating fear.
As a female traveler, it’s definitely important for me to research any given place I will travel to, in order to ensure my safety, however, I try to avoid reading too many articles and simply rely on my intuition and common sense.
I’ll admit that I do often experience a level of hesitation when trying new things, yet the other side of me is always seeking to push the boundaries in all facets of my life. This includes visiting new places, taking airplanes when I’m scared of flying and making an extra effort to meet strangers on the journey ( when at times I can be an all out introvert).
Fear, when broken down, is simply false evidence appearing real and most of the time all it does is prevent us from living our dreams. I’ve decided that fear is just an innate survival skill trying to protect me and yet I can still choose to “feel the fear and do it anyway”.
5. To Find My Tribe
Since High School and college, I’ve grown as a person and both my interests and pursuits have changed. This isn’t to say that I love nothing more than connecting with some of my hometown buddies ( they truly are some of the most beautiful spirited people I have ever met).
However, living in New York has made me a different person. Traveling and seeing the struggles of the people within the tiny villages of Rajasthan, India has also changed me, in ways that are hard to explain.
I’ve seen many things (both good and bad) throughout my journey, and often its hard for others to understand where I’m coming from or be able to connect with my stories unless they too have traveled
Since “being on the road”, I’ve met many like-minded men and women who are simply seeking something different. They’re wanting a change from society’s perceived idea of normal, and they too long for a sense of freedom.
Through exploring our magical world, I believe I have found more meaning and purpose in my life and I hope to inspire others to find their true purpose too!