The 3 Types of Travel Experiences
Are you thinking about traveling, but not you’re sure what to expect from it? We’ve all been there, and it can be scary. But don’t worry – we’ve got the three types of travel experiences that every traveler goes through. Take a look at how some of the world’s most interesting travelers have made it through those experiences, and why they’re stronger, better people as a result.
#1: Inspiring Travel Experiences
You’re going to meet a lot of people of all different backgrounds when you’re traveling. Some of them will be fairly similar to you, but many of them will be very, very different. Despite what your instincts tell you, seek out those people who are different from you, the ones you’d probably never interact with if you were still at home. These are the people you can learn the most from.
Take Daniel for example. A photographer who grew up in Australia, Daniel was self-admittedly oblivious to the goings-on of the world before he started traveling. But once he did, his world flipped completely upside-down. He’s spent time swimming with whale sharks in Mexico, hanging out with endangered gorillas in Uganda, and skydiving over glaciers in New Zealand. And, as he says, “It’s nice to escape the repetition of “normal” life; travel gives me time to think.”
Or take Mishie. As her life slipped further and further down the corporate path and away from the things she actually cared about, Mishie made a bold move and left it all behind for a life of travel. And it wasn’t until she left home that she met the man of her dreams, her boyfriend who she’s been happily jumping around the world with ever since. Mishie grabbed life by the horns, and life responded positively.
#2. Painful Travel Experiences
Still, there’s no doubt about it: when you travel, you’re going to come across some painful experiences. You’ll see things you don’t agree with, whether they be cultural differences or the different ways that other societies treat our Earth, and you’ll naturally want to do something about them. As it turns out, you can do exactly that.
Carly was a university student when she first visited East Africa. She had read about what was happening there before she arrived, but she couldn’t quite prepare herself for the reality of the situation. Dire living conditions, extremely low access to potable water, and other political and cultural issues plagued the villages that she visited. So Carly started Project Polaroid, a photography project designed to educate her friends and family at home while inspiring the locals in a fun, interactive way.
Or how about Pete. Pete, a seasoned traveler, was traveling alone through Germany when he let his guard down for a matter of moments. In that time, to his horror, his bag – including his laptop, passport, photography equipment, and 2 years’ worth of photos – was stolen, never to be seen again. Pete was completely distraught, but he found friends in Germany who were kind enough to support him while he got back on his feet.
#3: Growth Experiences
Travel has the amazing ability to push you outside of your comfort zone, and it’s when you’re outside of that comfort zone that you grow as a person. Push yourself to be better by exploring your boundaries through travel.
Johnny is the perfect example. After a 2-week trip to Thailand, Johnny learned tons about himself, not the least of which was a simple yet powerful lesson: I want to live this lifestyle of abundance and joy all the time, not just two weeks of every year. So rather than going home and returning to his regular job, Johnny took control and made his dream life a reality. Today, Johnny lives in Thailand a few months of the year, and travels around the world whenever and however he pleases.
Or look at Sarah. Raised in Saudi Arabia, Sarah learned to speak Arabic from a young age. Her unique skill soon became a passion, and she moved all over the world to work as a hotel concierge so that she could interact with people of all different cultures. Today, she’s been recognized as one of the top hotel concierges in the world by Les Clefs d’Ors, crediting her exceptional abilities in no small part to her extremely unique travel experiences.
Here’s something you should never forget about travel: there are an infinite amount of things to experience out there in the world, and only your ability to join those experiences has limits. But if you commit to your own personal growth, and you’re willing to endure the painful experiences alongside the inspiring ones, then your travels are set to be other-worldly. And if you choose to return home, you’ll do it with confidence, poise, and a host of stories you can hardly imagine you lived through.
All of us, including the travelers like Carly and Johnny we mentioned above, have been in your shoes of not knowing how to take the first step. But here’s the best part about travel: any first step is the right first step. So take the leap, allow adventure into your life, and discover for yourself why no one has ever gone traveling and regretted it.
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