If you’re new to my blog, you could be mistaken in thinking that travelling is something I’ve been interested in my entire life. Considering that Mile in My Glasses is, at it’s core, a travel blog – it’s understandable that from my posts about places to visit and cheap tricks and tips to get there, you could think travelling is something I’ve been brought up on since day one.
The truth is quite different. Travelling is something I’ve only found real passion for in the last two years. It’s something that developed itself while I grew older, and only after visiting international countries with my nearest and dearest did it truly ignite. That’s something I wanted to talk about today.
Travelling has taught me more about myself than anything else I’ve ever done. Once you’re out there, away from home – whether that’s in another country or simply another city, you find a piece of independence that you don’t often find yourself needing when you’re in familiar surroundings.
I came into a similar situation this past week, actually, when I was driving to a shoot – which just so happened to be up in the mountains – and the sat nav dropped me off in the middle of nowhere. A thick fog had descended, my car was stalled on the side of the road and I was already late due to a herd of sheep that decided to cross the road one by one half an hour before! Grabbing my phone, I discovered that I had no signal and was essentially stranded.
But from dealing with similar situations when out in different countries, sometimes when you don’t even speak the same language as those around you, I had the independence to know what I had to do. I found the closest people and asked for help. It might seem an obvious thing to do, but only three or four years before – when I rarely left my comfortable surroundings – I wouldn’t have known that.
The thought alone of stopping someone – even someone I wouldn’t see again in my entire life – would bring me out in a cold sweat. I wasn’t used to talking to people and it was something I wasn’t confident in doing. I talked about this in another post, Why I Love Travelling (linked here!), how pushing through that boundary of comfort really changes your life for the better.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, as they say.
I know that through visiting different places, and experiencing different cultures, it’s enriched my life for the better. And that doesn’t have to be through a one week, or a two week stint. Just a long weekend of full experiences can make a world of difference.
It’s something that I couldn’t recommend more than I do to anybody and everybody. You don’t need to go far, but you do need to go. Just throw yourself into the unknown and see what kind of person you are. Take a trip, find yourself.
2017 has taught me that self discovery is one of the most refreshing, incredible bits of education you can learn.
Where is one place that you’d love to visit? I would absolutely love to know! Also, do you have any funny stories from travelling or learning about yourself? Be sure to comment below, or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses!
I hope you have a wonderful day,