People often turn to travel when they are in search of something. It could be a fresh start, new friends, a unique experience, adventure, or some kind of deeper answer to life’s many questions. One of the most common reasons we travel is that we yearn to embark on the journey of finding our true selves- what ever that may be.
As someone who has traveled ever since I was young, I’m a firm believer that you can find your true self when you venture off into the unknown. I also believe that simply traveling to a far off destination isn’t enough to find the truth in yourself that you’re looking for. It takes a lot of self awareness and effort to gain a deeper meaning from travel.
Here are a few of the things I have found that can help you get closer to finding your true self through travel:
Do What You’re Afraid To Do
Are you nervous to travel because you’re afraid to leave the comfort of your job, friends, family, or relationship? I can list hundreds of reasons why you should be afraid to travel and why it would be much more comforting to stay at home- but you already know most of these. Stepping out of your comfort zone and testing your courage is the first step to finding and embracing a strength you may have never known you had otherwise!
Keep A Journal
Write about your experiences while you travel. Write about your dreams, how you feel, and everything and anything you can think of while abroad. It’s not always easy to remember details of your trips and important lessons learned while on the road. A journal is the perfect way to save your memories, and self reflect as you grow through your travels.
Talk To Strangers
You’d be surprised by what you can learn from talking to those you meet along your travels. Of course, I don’t mean talk to anyone and everyone- go about this with caution and make sure you’re safe when meeting new people. The thought of talking to strangers may make you a little anxious- I know it did for me, but the stories and lessons you can learn from simple conversations can be so rewarding and life altering that it really is worth the risk.
Acknowledge Your Strengths
You will undoubtedly come across obstacles and hardships while traveling. Getting lost, misplacing luggage, and even getting pick pocketed are some of the things you could encounter. Sometimes you’ll feel frustrated, on the brink of giving up and as though you’re failing. These are the moments that build you up and make you stronger, but only if you accept them for what they are. Traveling isn’t always luxurious and relaxing, but the obstacles are worth it and are the very thing that help you find out more about who you are.
Embrace Each Day
To make the best of each day of travel, wake up with the mindset that you’re going to do everything you can to make it a worthwhile experience. Try different foods. Learn about the country’s culture. Go skydiving. Hike up a mountain. If it’s something you’ve always dreamed of doing, don’t let it pass you by! It’s up to you to make each day a memorable one, and the more energy you put into making that happen, the more you will learn about yourself and what it is that inspires you.