1. You look within.
“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself” – Diane Von Fustenberg
You learn so much about yourself when travelling. You discover who you are, what you believe in, what you truly desire, and the things you value most. Plus, you have no distractions whilst delving right into this freedom. There is no one close enough to shape your beliefs any longer, and no family or friends to sway your thinking or true feeling. Nothing can bring you closer to building an intimate relationship with yourself and getting to know yourself better than being alone in another country.
This process can make you evaluate who you are, and the various characteristics about you that were influenced by your upbringing. This can force you to re-establish your future vision, and get crystal clear on who you truly want to be with little biases around you, which you would have if you were in the comfort of your hometown. Some of my greatest insights have occurred whilst in my most vulnerable moments around the globe.
2. You embrace change.
You begin to thrive on change. Stagnancy and complacency become your worst enemy. Adventures reinforce the importance of change, which results in growth.
You look forward to the excitement of adapting yourself to each new city and discovering new ways of life, and attempting to make sense of your surroundings. Change is scary. It instils fear.
Through wanderlust, you’ll become your own fear buster, realising that you can do what you set your mind too. Self doubt will diminish, and you’ll carry this new confidence into your home life. You only have yourself to trust and that’s your gut instinct. You become more aware of detecting fears and danger, and can make decisions from the inside out, rather than outside in. You tune right in to your own instinct. Hence, this makes you wiser and more connected with your intuition.
3. It expands the mind.
“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken” – Frank Herbert
I’ve heard of people travelling overseas to the most amazing places, and yet they have neglected to engross themselves in the different cultures. I am usually so excited to hear how the local cuisine was, and am always slightly disappointed when I hear that they stuck to the westerner restaurants and didn’t experiment. If you’re going to travel, why not fully immerse yourself into their way of life to experience how other people around the world live?
When in Nepal, my dad and I ate what the Nepalese ate, slept where they slept in little tea houses and followed their customs. If you’re going to go overseas only to confine yourself to a resort with a pool and eat hotel food, you might as well book a resort somewhere in Australia as you probably won’t notice the difference. By immersing yourself into the culture you will come back home and see everyone still living their same lives and to other people it will be as though you had never left. However, inside you will be bursting at the seams with new knowledge, insights and experiences.
It will challenge you. It will give you invaluable life skills, such as resilience. I don’t know how many more times I’m going to get seated next to stinky old men on planes, but I don’t even care. I’ve built up a tolerance to all sorts of nasties, because it’s worth it. So can you.
4. It puts your health into perspective.
It is the most humbling experience travelling to countries where they play with only rocks in school, don’t have pens or many books. Witnessing poverty, starving people who are no different to us, is almost heartbreaking and you will return home with a newfound zest for life. You will appreciate every little thing down to the clean water you have available, your clothes, your nourishing food and your family.
You’ll come home to appreciate your health, appreciate the wide range of resources available here to help you achieve your best level of health. You will develop a profound feeling of gratitude for what you do have.
“You lose sight of things, and when you travel, everything balances out” –Daranna Gidel
5. It teaches you patience and gratitude.
Flights, cars, hotels, languages, customs, people in general. It WILL test you.
Although, even the so called ‘bad’ or negative experiences you may be experience in life, you will realise that maybe they aren’t so bad after seeing the world and how others live daily. All perceived negative experiences are simply an opportunity to grow through them during your travels and will help you develop as a person.
We are never dealt more than we can handle.
Moreover, through travel you will feel gratitude for your hometown, your health, your clean water that comes out of your tap, your nourishing foods, and your freedom.
Stop and ask yourself in each situation that comes your way,
What is the blessing?
It might be difficult at first!
However, the choice is all yours. You can choose to suffer, or you can choose to empower yourself through trusting the process and see the benefit that is waiting for you.Remember, so much more goodness will be generated by taking the time each day to feel gratitude.
Happiness is, in a way, simply appreciation. So, foster up all the thankfulness you feel each day and write a list to remind you of the primary things to appreciate every day—from getting enough nightly Zzz’s to your favourite song playing, to laying in sunshine and soaking up the rays. Just go with what comes to you and observe your life change in front of your eyes, including possible travel plans?
6. Sense of Freedom.
“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
Daily wandering and a sense of freedom to go wherever you like, and do as you please is truly rejuvenating for your mind and body. Put the diaries away, and utilise the rare opportunity to wake each morning and do what you feel like doing. Not what you think you should do. The rat race back home is not a fun place to be, so soak the experience up sweetheart. Not having a daily routine even for a little while is pure bliss, as you don’t have to deal with all the little stresses of day to day life. I call this wanderlust at its best.
7. Unpredictability is exciting.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” –Neale Donald Walsch
Inject some real zest in your life. Turn your fears into curiosity, get out there and explore the damn world. Tourists tend to find comfort overseas by trying to surround themselves with familiar things. Travelling is about being in unfamiliar places, surrounding yourself with unfamiliar people, growing, and challenging yourself through uncomfortable situations.
In Peru last year I sprained my ankle two days before dad and I were to begin the 4 day hike to Macchu Picchhu, aka The Inca Trail. Instead, I found myself alone in Cusco for 4 days with a leg I couldn’t walk on. I could have stayed in my room and sulked, but instead found a stick to hobble around the city on while making valuable friends in cafe’s and playing games with Peruvian children in the streets.
I was frightened walking around an apparently dangerous city, but am grateful for the experience. I was overwhelmed with relief when I finally saw dad again at Macchu Picchu that I cried. I had watched the sunrise over the incredible ruins (after taking a bus up), waiting on a rock for dad in a place where I knew he would see me.
Being independent takes courage – the courage to get over your internal fear to face unfamiliarity on your own.
Katie is a 24 year old Aussie living her passions through running her business Thrive- Personal training, Barre instructing, Holistic Health Coaching, and on the side school teaching. Ultimately though, they are just titles. She likes to describe herself as a free spirit whose passions lie in nourishing and inspiring others, climbing mountains, third world countries, and green juices.