Moving to new country and not being allowed to work due to my current visa situation has given me a lot of time for reflection. And I mean a lot of time. And I’ll be honest, I have been struggling with all this free time that I have. It’s been hard to see it not as a burden and I’ve been struggling with feelings of worthlessness and purpose.
But I am a strong believer that we are placed in situations that we need, not always want. Trying times are also times of extreme growth and can lead to your biggest triumphs. It’s has taken me a while to get to this perspective but in doing so I’ve been to get to know I am in an intimate way that I haven’t before. One of the many revelations that I have come to is that I love to travel. My heart is set on new adventures and experiences and I truly do enjoy exploring the beauty of earth.
There are three big lessons I’ve learnt about why I love travelling so much.
As a London gal born and raised I have grown with the luxury of being able to access so many opportunities. There really isn’t much you can’t do in city like London. But even in a city of nearly 9 million people it can be so easy to find your self trapped in the same routine and way of life.
Travelling opens that comfortable world you call home right up and allows you experiences that you didn’t even know you could have.
In retrospect culture is one of the most complex constructs of human life. Music, art, language, food so much encompasses what we perceive as culture and even what we define as culture varies from community to community.
Regardless travelling gives you a ways to experience culture that transcends just reading about it. Being amongst the communities and seeing ther way of life is so eye opening. I think it’s crucial in todays day and age that embraces the joys and the challenges that face us across the globe. We can’t continue to turn a blind eye to the injustices that happen. Whilst this is part of much bigger plan and requires a lore more work than just holidays visit. I do truly believe that the education that you receive from experience different cultures allows you the opportunity to rid yourself of ignorance.
Out of that comfort zone
As a anxious person I place a big value of feeling comfortable and safe. I like the cosy walls of the world that I have built around myself. So when the simplest of things like talking to new people or asking for directions can fill you with dread it can become so easy to decide to never venture out of that safety zone. But the biggest lesson I have learnt is every time I do I gain something invaluable and majority of the time it’s a pleasant experience that I can look back with joy and proudness that I actually was able to live life with some courage.
From booking flight to dealing with airports, food, meeting new people every apscoet of travel gives you a opportunity to reach out of what is familiar. Even amongst all the chaos and all the things that can go wrong – to me it’s still the best feeling in the world.
I truly can’t wait to get back to travelling regularly after these unprecedented times. My list of countries to visit is expanding each week and itching to be on a plane again. There was always a small worry in the back of mind that moving to an island in the middle of the atalantic was just not going to be for me. That I would discover I actually wasn’t as adventurous as I thought I was. But the last few months have confirmed that I have a wandering spirit. I’m a adventure at heart.