– Guest post by blogger Kacey from The Drifter Collective –
Travel is one of the easiest and hardest things a person can do to learn and grow. It won’t always be fun and carefree. Sometimes it will be stressful and downright miserable.
But, that’s part of the beauty of travel. It not only shows you the amazing world you are blessed to be a part of, but you also begin to discover the tough stuff you’re made of. You discover that true happiness comes from the ability to get to know and accept yourself for the amazing individual you are.
You are stronger than you think, and travel can help you find that.
1. Travel tests your limits and builds a strong self-reliance.
Traveling isn’t all sunshine and pretty Instagram filters. There are a lot of dirty, gritty moments that test what you are made of. It can be lonely, too. But, during these darker moments you’ll learn the most about yourself and also about building lasting relationships. You’ll learn to know when to rely on just you, and when to ask for help from those around you, which is perfectly okay.
2. Traveling takes you out of your comfort zone.
Getting out of your comfort zone means that you are leaving the normal behind. It can be a bit scary at first, but with each little step you take, you’ll find that travel will begin to grow that bubble you originally made for yourself. You’ll have to continue to challenge yourself.
When you push your limits, you give yourself the chance to grow and change — to discover how strong you really are. If you need to take time before you embark on your trips to plan some things out, then by all means – go for it! If you are deciding to drive a car for your method of transportation, check out some cities that are known to be the best places to drive in to take away any anxiety you may be having about driving!
If you are choosing to fly, check out airports that are close to you and take a look at the best times to travel as well as how to prepare yourself so you have an easy going day! If you stay prepared, stepping foot out of your comfort zone will feel invigorating and not as stressful as you probably have imagined it to feel!
3. It builds your creative genius.
Once you move out of your comfort zone, you will find yourself in environments that challenge you to think differently, to problem solve in new ways and to ultimately, build on your creative genius. We all have it. We just need to put ourselves in a place to discover work that we are passionate about doing.
Once you tap into this genius you can have the amazing opportunity to deepen the understanding of the creativity that burns within you. It’s like tapping into your full-potential — an extremely powerful tool.
4. It teaches you
Empathy is at the core of understanding others no matter what part of the world they are from. It fosters tolerance and encourages dialogue between anyone and everyone. It is the fundamental building block of a peaceful globalized society. You get to have an impact on the world, simply by going out, seeing it and being open to other people’s culture and perspectives.
5. You’ll be become a social butterfly.
You’ll build up self-confidence through travel that shines off of your person, making it easier to meet and connect with others along the way. The more places you see, cultures you experience and languages you immerse yourself in, the easier it will be to find common ground with any individual.
Connecting with people is an amazing trait to build within yourself, and travel blogger, Brenna Holeman, says it quite well, especially on the importance of trusting people.
6. Travel helps you groom career skills.
Traveling is the epitome of being flexible and adaptable, as well as taking the lead and problem-solving. Not convinced? Here’s a list of twelve valuable career skills you’ll learn and grow while traveling.
7. You learn to be by yourself.
Heard the term ‘taking yourself on a date?’ Well travel is one of those rare things in life that allows you the opportunity to spend a lot of time getting to know yourself. Of course, that’s a bit terrifying, but in the end it’s really wonderful. You learn the importance of loving on yourself and how that can benefit the other relationships around you. Go to a movie, try a new restaurant or have a beer — whatever it is, just do it for you.
8.Travel teaches you how to love yourself.
Once you learn that traveling and going out alone are great ways to get to know you, it’s almost as if I light bulb comes on. You’re confronted with the imperfections and flaws you have, and in that confrontation, you learn that it’s okay to have them. It’s not fun all the time, no, but it is empowering. Loving yourself for who you are is the greatest gift travel can give you.
Travel gives you so many useful skills in your personal and professional life. Perhaps, though the most important way that travel makes you a stronger person is how you view others and how you view yourself. Human beings are an amazing marvel. Appreciate yourself and those one-of-a-kind individuals that you’ll meet while trekking across the globe. It will lay the foundation for a rich, fulfilling life.
Do you think travelling made you a stronger person?
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression.
Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. The Drifter Collective is an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. You can follow The Drifter Collective on Twitter and Pinterest, too.