World Mental Health Day: 4 ways travel has changed my life

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Ibiza 2017

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.

Ibiza 2017

1.Optimism

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.

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2. Independence

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.

Ibiza 2017

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).

 

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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?

BW x

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2 Comments

  1. Chrisallan
    10/10/2017 / 10:25 pm

    Wow , great post . I think it has made you wiser and more articulate as well , judging by your well written article and very wise words of wisdom to live by . Well done !

    • 11/10/2017 / 8:50 am

      Thank you so much Chris!! Such a kind thing to say!

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