After a life changing event you can be left with many feelings, emotions and a whole new outlook on life. Many people say travel is life changing and I couldn’t agree more.
There are so many extreme highs, and hopefully not many travel lows but most of all it leaves you with plenty of memories. These are the scars my trips have left me and they are rather common in the travel community. Hopefully you can relate to some of these too and feel like you’re back on the road again… unless you already are, in which case I’m extremely jealous!
1/ I don’t need stuff.
Having more than 3 pairs of shoes or 1 pair of jeans suddenly seems absurd to me. Plus, the less belongings I have the less ties I have to a single place. It’s good to be a minimalist when you’re on the road.
I used to dream about owning the biggest house on the street and driving the latest Audi sports car. That was just my idea of what success meant, now I couldn’t imagine anything worse!
2/ People don’t suck.
Before going away myself and the majority of people I know experienced cheating, being lied to and betrayed by friends often. Although these are valuable life lessons that we all go through, I became closed minded and afraid of commitment in case of the inevitable hurt that comes with love.
Meeting people from all over the world who share my interests has shown me just how beautiful people can be and I’m much more confident about embracing the characters of the world… not all of them, beware of the idiots out there.
3/ Money doesn’t matter.
I don’t need lots of it, just enough for the next plane ticket. Money doesn’t define success, happiness does. And I know what makes me happy… travel!
4/Home isn’t a place.
Although home used to be the small city I come from, that couldn’t be further from it now. It’s lovely there, don’t get me wrong, but home is a feeling not a place. I was so emotional leaving my last trip and all the friends I’d made, I could barely drag myself onto the plane, it only took me 6 months to turn around and return.
5/ Stress is all in your head.
It’s so un-necessary to stress about little things like what to wear, being late or not having tons of social media followers. There are bigger fish to fry and more important things to worry about in life. Don’t waste your precious time, live life to the full with things you will remember when you’re old! I’ve sure forgotten about what skirt I wore on that date this summer. It’s easier to let go of stress when you immerse yourselves in other cultures and get a little prospective on how others live.
Could you relate to any of these feelings? Leave me a comment with your favourite and add your post travel thoughts.