Throughout the years I have been on several adventures and through it all, I have had some up’s and down’s and learned a lot. So I thought I could share with you five important lessons on what traveling has taught me.
It doesn’t matter what others think of you…
Go out, get drunk, skinny dip, be loud, do whatever you see fit! No, you don’t want to be an obnoxious tourist, but you also don’t want to shy away from things just because you are worried what other people may think of you.
You’re on an adventure! Don’t let your insecurities hold you back because if we were all being honest, we never care about what others around us are doing. We’re more concerned about if they’re judging us. I am nobody special, believe me, but I cannot tell you how many times I’ve shied away from things because I was afraid people around me would judge. It has taken me some time to realize I am not important to them. And if I do make a fool out of myself, at least I was giving them some entertainment!
Just go, be on your adventure, only care about having fun.
Don’t let only the big cities draw you in…
I think everyone is guilty of this. I even use to be guilty of this! But please go off the beaten path! The moment someone catches the travel bug and decides they’re going to go on an adventure, they start researching the big name cities; Paris, NYC, Sydney, Rome, and London (to name a few). And while these are all great destinations, sometimes you’re only drawn there by the bright lights.
Be as flexible as possible…
This is something I am still trying to teach my husband. Just so you know, he hasn’t made any progress!
Aside from him I also struggle with flexibility. I am the “perfect” mixture of a stubborn and control freak. I am the girl who wants what she wants when she wants it (are you still following me? That was a bit of a tongue twister).But that’s what happens when you’re a go-getter who’s fiercely independent, or that’s what happens when you’re self-centered. For me, planning a trip is absolutely thrilling! I get out my laptop and spend hours, days, weeks, and months searching for a perfect destination, new adventures, and flight deals.
I’ll have the perfect trip planned, but then life happens. Edward will say that a trip at the moment just isn’t realistic. He can’t get himself away from the office right now. Hearing this always outrages me! Why is his job pinning me down? How could he choose work over an adventure? I eventually calm down and remember that his job helps fund these wonderful adventures we go on. I then always realize that waiting an extra two months for our adventure isn’t the end of the world!Other times I will get a specific destination in mind, but the prices just aren’t realistic at the moment and I have to put that dream on the back burner. Yes, I wanted to spend an all inclusive week in Fiji. No, I don’t want to come home and find out we’ve been evicted because I’ve spent all our money and we can’t pay the bills. Bottom line, just chill out and go with the flow!
Be willing to get out of your comfort zone…
Years ago, the thought of being in a foreign country away from everyone I knew would have frightened me, but then I got out of my head. I realized the world had so much more to offer than what was outside my front door. There were so many people I could meet and I couldn’t use shyness as a crutch for the rest of my life. The second I pushed myself was when I really started living.
Don’t let anyone dictate your life or your travels…
Don’t: settle for someone who doesn’t have the same passions as you.
Don’t: let your parent’s guilt trip you for having your own life.
Don’t: let anyone tell you your dreams of travel are stupid, or for that matter that any of your dreams are stupid!