Mindset is Key
Marcel Proust, the great French novelist, once said “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes”. Some people travel to get out of their living situation, to change their lives. This is completely fine but what one must understand is that what really matters is mindset. You can live in the best place on earth with the most money but have a bad mindset and be depressed.
I recently visited the island of Koh Phi Phi in Thailand. The overall trip was great but I remember the last day there I was feeling grey. I could have been the heat, the food, or lake of sleep but I remember thinking to myself- why am I in a bad mood. Quickly after realizing it I snapped out of my temporary depression and now I keep a constant eye on my emotions.
When visiting a new place don’t slip into a negative mindset. It can sneak up on you but always be present and listen to your body. Having a bad mindset can literally change the way you perceive your surroundings.
For some, those two simple words can be terrifying, but learning to embrace the over stimulus of a new land can lead to finding hidden treasures.
Leave your apartment and friends and spend a day wondering around somewhere new. You may end up finding an interesting café or museum. You could find a new favorite restaurant or bookstore. You might walk into a local parade or music festival by accident (both have happened to me).
You don’t need to travel across the globe to learn about different cultures, sometimes it just takes exploring a place you’ve never been before.
Don’t Believe Everything People Say
Experience cultures on your own and don’t let what one person- your grumpy uncle or a stranger- let them tell you.
Before I left for my trip abroad I was talking with a man from South Korea. I told him I was going to study in Thailand for the a semester and once hearing it he gave me a strange look announcing “Thailand? Why Thailand… It’s is so dangerous there. Stay in America”. Although upsetting me, I pushed forward and the trip ended up being one of the best in my life.
Don’t let what one person might say brainwash you – get out learn for yourself!
Build a Community!!
For those staying in an area for an extended amount of time or just want to experience something deeper on your next trip- get to know as many people as possible and build a community.
Meeting people in itself is a key element to traveling. By meeting people, you are able to see firsthand what the culture is like. Especially if you’re in a touristy area, you could end up meeting people all around the world: Germany, France, Croatia, South Africa and more! By doing so, lining up your next destinations to visit friends.
Finding a community is also a great way to minimize culture shock. Instead of being sad to leave your home you can be excited to make a new one.
Traveling Is Easy
For those who have never left their home’s boarders, traveling can be daunting. It may be unimaginable to leave. For those living in a True Man Show world- where traveling seems impossible- I’m here to testify that its easy.
The major hindrance is thinking too much. Once you start over thinking thousands of reasons come up of why it is a bad idea: “my family wants me to stay”, “I could save money for another year”, “I’m ok where I am”, “The next season of Game of Thrones is starting soon” … Stop hesitating, think of a place you’ve always wanted to go, AND GO!!
There are entire worlds out there that are ripe for traveling to. It will widen your perception of the world and deepen your respect for people. Don’t hesitate, just go!
Learn to Budget
For those with a tight budget traveling can seem completely out of the picture, but in reality all you need is a little gumption.
Tomislav Perko, a native Croatia has traveled for 5 years with almost no money. His main two philosophies are first “you don’t need to be brave to travel, you just need a little courage to start” and second “you don’t have to be rich to travel”. He goes on to explain that the major travel expenses fall under: transportation, accommodation, and food/water. “If you can minimize those three, it can actually be cheaper to travel then live in your own city” he states. He hitchhiked, couch surfed, and volunteered for food and when asking if it was worth it, his response “definitely yes”!
For some inspiration check out his TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7vmHGAshi8.
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Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedIn, Upwork or Facebook.