Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. ~Mary Ritter Beard
Travel really does change you and your life. It also changes the way you view the world around you.
As I set off on my European adventure 4 months ago (wow, has it been that long?), I was rather wide eyed and bushy tailed. As I was going to multiple destinations, I saw the world with new eyes.
I was excited about what would await me on the other side of the world.
However, I was not prepared for my adventure to change me as a person.
As you arrive back home, you immediately think that you’re a whole new person. Sure, you may be but that’s not the case – Rome wasn’t built overnight. It does take time for yourself to realise that – in my case, 2 whole months – you are a new person in a way or another.
To travel is to take a journey into yourself.
It’s been 2 months since I came home, and I can honestly say that I’m not the same person as I was at this time last year. I feel much more confident and sure of myself and what my future holds. I’m now more in touch with my identity – remember when I came out on a public scale? That was one of the most defining moments of embracing change in myself and my life.
My choice to travel solo was the best one ever – and it has strengthened me as a person. I would highly recommend for you to go solo, as it will change you for the better.
To embrace change, you have to step outside of your comfort zone. Travel is one of the best ways to do so. If you have sufficient savings, buy a plane ticket and just go. Don’t make excuses, as they will hold you back. If you don’t have the money right now, start saving up like a crazy person on speed, and if possible, ask your family to help you out. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
I’ll leave you with this quote to think about:
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. – Mark Twain