Travel and how it can shape you as a person

I have been fortunate enough to travel to various places around the world over the years. I used to be cabin crew a few years back, so this allowed me to travel as part of my job. Prior to this it had always been my dream to travel as far as I could. To get paid to travel the world, and with an amazing bunch of people was a dream come true. As part of my job I visited several places. Long haul destinations often for a week at a time. I was lucky enough to visit places like Australia, the Caribbean, the USA and Canada, South east Asia and Mexico to name but a few. I have also traveled independently around South America, South East Asia and Australia.

My moto has always been the world is there to be seen. I feel thankful I’ve fulfilled this to date. There are still various places I want to see – the travel bug never leaves you. Travel has taught me many things. It has taught me to get out of your comfort zone. Go and travel somewhere you have never been, do something different. Even if it is somewhere beautiful in this country, or somewhere in Europe. You can hop on a plane these days to some amazing and unusual places, at an inexpensive cost. What travel has also taught me, is that everything always works out in the end. I have been in a number of situations whereby I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next or where I was going to stay, or even where my next bed would be for the night! But everything has a tendency to work out in the end. Focus on the positive, relax into the situation and get rid of some old worries or anxieties that are hanging around that aren’t serving you, and are definitely not achieving anything!

I would also say get off the beaten track. Immerse yourself in the country and culture of somewhere new. Speak to new people and spend time with them. Learning so much about different cultures and how others live is a big part gaining knowledge, understanding and wisdom. It certainly taught me many things. Take what you can from other cultures and see how the differences could be used to positive effect in your own life.

You may be thinking, how can I take time off to travel? I’m far too busy, I’ve got too much work to do, I haven’t got enough money. Trust me, there are ways and means around this stuff. These are often just excuses we give ourselves. Travelling to new destinations doesn’t have to cost the earth either. Do your research and there can be some bargains to be had. When I decided to take myself off around Malaysia, Australia and all over South America in 2013 for nearly 3 months, I had two mortgages to pay. I was determined and still managed to find a way to go. It was one of the most amazing experiences, with lots of life long memories I will never forget.

A big part of travel for me is that I have met so many amazing people while reaching new destinations far and wide. This is a part of the fun. Before this last trip I wrote a list of the things I wanted to achieve. This included to try something new every day and to talk to/ meet someone new every day. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I achieved this and it became natural in the end, part of the whole experience.

So, try some things to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Whether its to travel somewhere new, meet new people or do something new that you might have been thinking about for a while. Whats the worse that can happen? Everything will work out in the end. Better to have lived a life full of chances, throwing some risks in there, then to live a life full of regrets.

Until next time, stay amazing and let me know how you get on!

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