While the primary goal of this blog is to help people overcome their fears and take the first steps towards longterm travel, it doesn’t end there. As you will come to find, all the packing lists and destination guides in the world won’t prepare you for many of the more intangible challenges you’ll encounter on the road.
Now, no blog post is going to leave you fully equipped to mentally and emotionally deal with such things. It’s just not possible. However, reading about someone else’s experience will put you in a better position to deal with your own challenges when they do eventually arise.
So with that, I’ve decided to start a series about things I’ve learned over the years that will improve not only how you travel, but who you are as a traveler as well. From time to time, I’ll bring in guest bloggers as well to share their own stories from the road in order to give you the most complete picture possible. I also invite you to share your own stories in the comments that other readers may benefit from! After all, we’re all in this together.
Now then, let’s get started.
Travel is an incredible thing. It will take you further than you’ve ever been before, both physically and mentally. But with that mental stretch comes an unfortunate inevitability.
Eventually, you’re going to snap.
Maybe it will happen after being pushed one too many times on a crowded train. Maybe it will happen while trying to identify anything you can comfortably eat from the grocery store. Whatever the cause may be, just know that it is bound to happen at least once during your travels.
The good news is you’re not alone.
Even seasoned travelers will go through this from time to time. Hell, the grocery store example from above is one I personally ran into recently. Regardless of the situation, what matters most in these moments is how you respond.
You could get angry. You can breakdown and cry. Or, my personal favorite, you can learn to laugh at yourself.
In those moments when life sweeps your legs out from under you, patience is your parachute. Patience not only with the situation unfolding in front of you, but more importantly, with yourself.
You will make mistakes, things will go wrong, and you will occasionally fail. Learn to let yourself off the hook for these shortcomings. It is within these moments that you will grow as a person. After all, isn’t that why you’re pushing yourself outside your comfort zone in the first place?
So next time you find yourself in an overwhelming situation while abroad, just remember, if you were tough enough to leave home and wind up in that spot, you are undoubtedly tough enough to get out of it too. And if you ever need a second opinion, feel free to contact me!