Traveling is more than just a way to experience different cultures, try new foods and see new sights. Travel can help you find yourself. It is an opportunity to find yourself and what you are capable of. Traveling, whether with a partner or solo, can be a time for reflection and introspection. It enables you to dive deep into the inner reaches of your mind and discover the true you.
You don’t necessarily have to go on a soul-seeking journey or feel lost for this to happen. Pursuing your dreams to explore new places will enable you to better understand your life’s priorities. It helps you see what you value most, where your passions lie, and find yourself.
Traveling offers you the opportunity to try and see so many new things that your horizons will naturally be broadened. Allows you to see life from a new perspective that may have never been available before.
1. Open Your Eyes
Exploring new sights and sounds can be stimulating not only for the eyes but also for the mind and soul. Seeing the Great Wall of China for the first time or swimming with the turtles off the Galapagos islands can stir up feelings of accomplishment and achievement. It can be empowering to know that you are capable of making dreams come true that you may have had since a young child. If there is something or somewhere that you have always wanted to see, your true self may be waiting for you there.
2. Harvesting Experiences
Our experiences may not define us but they are deeply rooted in our memories and help us to remember more adventurous times of our lives. Sharing these experiences with others gives you a way to connect on a different level than you may have had before.
If you are viewed as adventurous by those in your hometown, you may see yourself as the courageous person that you just described in your story about your recent experience scuba diving or mountain climbing. When others see you in a different light than you see yourself we sometimes mirror that perception. Take the chance to share your experiences with others. It might help you reflect and appreciate the accomplishments that you have made while traveling.
3. Traveling on a Budget
You do not need to spend an exorbitant amount of money in order to find the true you or spend some time reflecting on yourself and your priorities in life. You can stay close by choosing a nearby destination to escape to. Traveling to a new part of the state in which you live that you haven’t visited before will still allow you the time away.
You could go on a day’s drive and give yourself some time away from screens and the distractions of everyday life to turn inward. Shutting out the stresses and demands of daily life offers time for you to concentrate on understanding yourself better. The simple act of wandering can help you to clear your mind and focus on matters of the heart and soul.
4. Wandering for a Cause might help find yourself
While you are exploring the world, you may find your true calling in life through the act of service, volunteering or working abroad. The experiences that you have had at home that led you to your professional career might have happened differently if you spent more time abroad or joined the Peace Corps.
Participating in realms that would otherwise be unavailable to you in your home country can allow you to test out possible other career pathways. Many countries outside the United States allow for volunteers to serve as educators, medical aides, conservationists, and other paths without the need for the previous certification. You may find that your truest self feels the most empowered when cleaning the floors of a monastery or educating the young children of Africa. By wandering with a cause, you may find a new professional pathway for yourself to pursue moving forward after returning from your travels.
Traveling can help in combating depression and eradicating stagnant energy. A change of scenery, no matter how brief, can offer your brain a chance to recharge and gain a bigger perspective on specific situations, or life as a whole. Traveling has the ability to teach you patience, give you confidence, and test your own comfort boundaries.
By learning more about yourself it will empower you to return from your travels to pursue what your true self holds to be of utmost importance in life, and be confident in doing so.
About the Author
Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.
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