Traveling is transformative in nature. From the time you pack your things up and put your backpack on, expect that it will change you down to your very core. It can change your life for the better and it can bring out the best version of yourself. I have been traveling and living overseas for over a year, have lived in several countries and have made short trips abroad. I have to admit that traveling has brought out the best version of myself. My family and friends have told me several times that I have changed a lot and they like how I have become. Now, I would love to share with you about how traveling has changed me. Travel, learn and become better!
How Traveling Has Changed Me
You Value Experience Over Material Things.
As you travel, you will have a deeper understanding about needs and wants. Needs are those things that are very essential in order for you to survive – air, food, water, shelter & clothing while wants are those things that you can survive even without them, yes I am pertaining to material things such as those of comfort and luxury. With so many issues around the world and through first-hand experience in dealing with them during you travels, you develop a realization about the things that really matter, things that can make a big difference in the world and in your life. Before I traveled and lived on my own, I was always fascinated by material things. I always wanted to have what was always in and new – the “me too” mind setting. However, after a few months of traveling and living overseas, I had come to realize that material things were not an ideal investment as they could only give you temporary happiness. I realized that were more important things than possessing those luxuries – the friendship you make on your journey, the experiences you get, the skills you learn and the memories to last a lifetime.
Life becomes free when you travel on your own. You live on your own terms and everything is under your control. Nobody tells you what to do and your decisions are all yours and will always be yours. Traveling and living abroad have made me enjoy my life even more. There are things that I do not have to ask permission for and I just do the things I want with no restriction at all. This chapter of my life has made me enjoy the most freedom ever and I will never get tired of having this freedom BUT REMEMBER that every freedom comes with great responsibility.
Traveling requires you to be independent. You are the only person who is responsible for yourself; therefore, you need to be self-sufficient. Sometimes, you can also rely on others but mostly, you have to rely merely on yourself. The person who will always be the first one to help out is YOURSELF. That’s one of the most important things you can learn from traveling which you can develop as you embark on your journey.
Your strength can also be developed through traveling – be it physical, emotional or spiritual strength. Traveling and living on your own will test how strong you are. Sometimes, there are moments that you will just feel down, that you are broken down to your innermost core, to a certain point that you just wish to give up. However, you will realize that you are only on your own and that giving up should never be an option. This allows you to have a positive outlook on life which makes you realize that life always has its ups and downs and you just can’t do anything about it but to accept and deal with it. Through that mind setting, you make yourself up and develop the strength in yourself. This is also the best time to have a connection and relationship with God who never fails to provide you with everything and provides you the needed strength.
Since you travel and just live on your own, you tend to develop and master the skill of being resourceful. You learn to capitalize and maximize on what you have and become resourceful enough to make the most of what is available to you. There are a lot of ways to be resourceful. From my own experience, I got to maximize the limited resources I had and got the most out of them. For instance, I was able to live on a limited budget without limiting myself nor depriving myself – maximizing a few bucks! In addition, resourcefulness can also come from your connection with the people around you. I had experiences going to the places I wanted to go to without spending a single cent! Hitch hike? Free ride? Sponsored tours? What more?
There will always be things that you didn’t get used to do when you were still living back home, that is 100% guaranteed. Getting your own laundry done, cooking food for yourself, cleaning your own space and dealing with people with different personalities (Hey, attitude!). Traveling can definitely teach you how to adjust and adapt to certain things. It’s always difficult at the beginning but eventually, you will learn and get used to it. As you become flexible enough, there will be moments that you will ask yourself how you manage to get through those things and how you get to survive those challenges – well, life can be so boring without challenges, anyway.
It is true that change is the only constant in this world. Change of plans, change of destinations, change of friends and so on. These things happen on a daily basis which is why you need to learn to accept changes. I know it is difficult to let go of some things. Let’s say the fact that people just come and go but then, there is no permanent in the world we live in. If you are a person who resists to accept changes and can’t move on from them, you can never step forward. Whether you like it or not, things will always change. If things don’t change, there will be no progress. Don’t let yourself to be left behind. Just learn to embrace these changes as you will surely encounter them as you go on with a life full of travels and adventures.
Nothing changes the way you view your own life experiences like seeing the way other people live. Not only will you be more appreciative and thankful for the life you have, but you will also have a greater sense of understanding and empathy for other people’s lives. Immerse yourself in their ways of living, their languages, their cultures and values – soon you will realize that those factors are way different everywhere in the world. Moreover, there will be times you will come to realize how privileged, fortunate and blessed you are. What do you need to know? Just be thankful for what you have and do not complain about what you don’t have.
I hope I was able to inspire you with this blog. Do you have any stories to share with us? We would love to hear them too.
Love & Light,
Filtraveler – Ryatt Lucero