The single most important lesson I learned while overseas is how fearful our society is of FAILURE. And I will tell you, nothing, absolutely nothing has been more liberating for me than realizing how irrational and shallow this fear is. You will never be happier than when you get over the fear of following your own dreams. You will have learned that at the end of our lives the real failure will be not following our hearts and not embracing what makes us happy. How liberating was this realization? Check out Smiles of Freedom.
Get Out of Bed
I noticed that when I´m traveling I have no problem getting out of bed even if it´s 5:00AM and I´ve only slept for a few hours. When I´m traveling, everyday brings a new adventure, something big and exciting is going to happen, and every extra minute I spend in bed is a minute lost!! Isn't this the life you should be living everyday? One that makes you get out of bed and do something that thrills you? whether that is biking, swimming, running, hiking or even paragliding (in a far more adventurous note!) Everyday is a new start, an opportunity for something fun, and even a new lesson. Live a life where you are keen to get out of bed because there´s something more exciting out there to conquer!
The more I travel the more my life changes in very positive ways, but to some, the questions still stands, to travel or not to travel? ... Some people (my mom) think that wanting to explore the other side of the world is wanting to run away from problems, responsibilities or whatever else. But the truth is that traveling will change your life in more than one extraordinary way. Here is a short list of what awaits for you!
Being in a foreign land allows you to look back at the life you left at home. You get a chance to re-evaluate the routine you´ve gotten accustomed to, your relationship with your friends and family, etc. And somehow, from the distance, you see yourself more clearly, you can forgive yourself for not living your life as fully as you would like, and you decide that you want to make changes. These changes are the real you, the person who you want to be, and you get a step closer to finding yourself. How priceless is that? It is no wonder why people say that traveling is the one thing you buy that makes you richer.
Dare to Push Yourself
Seriously, it is not every day you get a chance to track a leopard, shark-dive, see a magnificent waterfall, taste exotic fruits/desserts, and all of the magical things this planet has to offer. When traveling I ask myself, when is the next time I´ll ever experience something like this again? And even if I am a bit nervous and the adrenaline is rushing through my body, I go ahead and kiss a hippo, look at the lion in the eyes while it stares at me, or jump in the water with 5-meter-long sharks...at the end you realize it was all worth it, and you´ll want to push yourself to a more adventurous you.
Fulfill Your Dreams
It was only a couple of weeks ago when I returned to the US that I learned something that left me completely perplexed. It´s really not that big, it´s just that I can´t understand it: those who want to travel are not traveling. I hear it over and over again "I have always wanted to travel the world, but..." I have heard it all, from I have no money to travel to I´m afraid of flying over the ocean. Of course we need money to travel, but there are a lot of different articles out there with tips on how to make traveling affordable! The more you travel, the more you realize that it isn´t as difficult as it seems. So, get on the road, ask the people you meet along the way how they make their travels more affordable, and adopt the tips that work for you.Make a plan to live your dreams and live the life you dream of.
Colombian, living and traveling the world (well- not so much at the moment) I am currently sharing my time between San Diego, CA and Albuquerque, NM. On this site I share the anecdotes that I collect while overseas, and mix the beauty of life and travel by introducing the magnificent people I meet along the way, and the places that I explore. More...