Travel has changed me in more ways than I ever imagined. I’ve never been shy, but as a child I always had my sidekick AKA mum by my side. I was scared of practically everything- spiders, taking tablets, cats and, would you believe it, flying. In light of World Mental Health Day then, I wanted to share the top 4 ways travelling has made me into a better person.
I am officially a glass half full kind of person, and it’s all thanks to the f**k-ups that come with travelling so often, and the fact they’re completely out of my hands. Take delayed flights- there’s absolutely nothing I can do about them, and if I don’t just take it on the chin and get on with it, I’d spend a lot of time in misery.
As mentioned, I had my mum by my side (literally) throughout my whole childhood. Travelling has taught me how to look after myself- be street wise, budget my money, look after my own things. I’ve even been on a trip alone for a week, and I’d happily do it again. Now I can use this independence in my daily life, and it makes things a lot less stressful.
3. I no longer know how to be bored
Travel has opened my eyes to the world- there is so much to see that it is now physically impossible for me to be bored. I’m not saying I jet off across the world every time I need entertaining, but that I am more aware of everything around me than I used to be, and the list of things I want to see and do really is never-ending.
4. I enjoy going out of my comfort zone
Doing something new used to absolutely terrify me. Granted, it still does, but I know that the feeling afterwards is well worth it. For example, I used to have an irrational fear of snorkelling and breathing underwater, but I conquered that in the Maldives and I felt so proud as soon as I came up for air (which, FYI, was after all of 2 minutes).
There are plenty more ways travelling has changed me, but the point of this post was to prove that the smallest of things can make a huge difference to each and every person, and mine just so happen to have surfaced through travelling. What have you learnt as you’ve grown up? Has travelling helped you?