Why I went travelling
It all begin in March 2016 when I was writing a report in my final year of university about something I was not interested in. I constantly day-dreamed about my future beyond university trying to phantom a pathway. I was about to be let loose into the big bad world with no job, no commitments and I generally didn’t know what I wanted to do.
I had been locked away in education for eighteen years straight. The only world I knew was education and working weekends. Having got myself a good degree I knew the path for my future life in engineering was already laid. All I had to do was step foot on that path. I didn’t have a sense of urgency to jump on that path yet… Something about working 40 hours a week, for 28 days a year holiday just was not an exciting prospect- my dad does that, I wasn’t ready to be a dad yet.
I wanted something I could speak of for the rest of my life knowing I had lived. I wanted to be able to say I experienced what the world had to offer. A euphoria sense of freedom!
Why you should travel
If you are;
- working in a job that doesn’t give you a sense of fulfilment,
- never known a world outside of your hometown,
- don’t plan on settling down anytime soon,
- want to see beautiful scenarys,
- want to have friends all over the world,
- and want stories to tell for the rest of your life.
You should travel!
What you will discover when travelling
The main worry anyone has when going travelling on their own is “will I meet people?”.
Of course you will meet people. If you stay within the travelling community like, staying in hostels and going to backpackers scenes you will definitely meet people. Even, if you are shy and timid.
Jim Rohn, a motivational speak and self-help guru once said “you the average of the five people you spend the most time with, including yourself”. Every person you will meet travelling you will take a part of them and add it to yourself. If you are constantly adding to yourself, you are further developing character and social skills.
Meeting people from all sorts of background and different countries you learn allot about how different people can be. You will become more open-minded and becoming open minded is the first step for trying new experiences.
An american girl I met told me to try peanut butter with an apple- she then went on to tell me how amazing it was and how I haven’t lived until I tried it.. I was sceptical. I tried it and I loved it and then passed on my experience to other people I met. It was also a great way to get people you just met conversing about weird combinations of food and new ideas to try.
What you will discover once you have travelled
This all depends on your situation and your travelling experience. You may go home and discover you like your comforts more and a temporary travelling experience was enough- you have lived. You got the story you can tell for the rest of your life.
I have discovered… I no longer feel like Edinburgh is the right place for me. Having been back in my hometown I found I have outgrown the place I grew up. I have had a taste of paradise and euphoria and I feel the world still has so much more to offer than staying in one place for the rest of my life and only visiting other countries for holidays.
I now have a sense of direction how I would like my life to go. While in Australia I accepted an unbelievable opportunity I probably would not have had if, I had just stayed at home. Travelling has changed everything.
I hope this story of my travels influences and inspires someone to take a leap of faith and explore the unknown. You might just find it’s better than what you already know.
“You can’t direct the wind but, you can adjust your sails”.