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6. You don’t just learn about people, you embrace a culture
One of my friends said you become more empathetic towards people and I absolutely agree. You learn about their land, history, language etc. and I definitely did that as I went to all the different sites in Greece, tasted the various food, learned some Greek, and truly embraced the people and who they have become.
It made me appreciate them so much more and respect how their people/culture have influenced our own language and way of life. You definitely can’t get that from just reading history books.
Experiences are what truly help you learn.
ASK YOURSELF: What new experiences can I embrace? Where can I learn and grow? What country has been on my list?
5. It’s not about escaping reality, it’s about enhancing it
When I went to Greece this past month (July 2018), I learned so much about the culture, history and its people. Its not only taught me a whole lot but replenished my soul. It enhanced my view of my life and the world as I watched a whole other people live and love life in difference ways.
ASK YOURSELF: Next time you go on vacation, ask yourself instead of escaping how can I enhance my current life while I’m away.
4. It’s not about being alone, it’s about self-discovery
One of the main reasons I chose to travel alone is because I wanted to explore MYSELF more deeply, aside from the place/people/culture I’d get to know. If you are constantly around others, doing things, going places, and handling your day to day business so to speak, how will you ever learn yourself? Did you know that most people are a mashup of other peoples likes/desires/choices. They say you are most like the 5 closest people in your life.
Why? Because proximity is power.
So if you are alone, you have no one to change/guide/influence you. That means at every second of every day you get to make choices based on your own desires with no one pushing or swaying you to do x, y, z. Talk about an amazing way to know yourself.
For a fun way to see this lesson watch Runaway Bride with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
ASK YOURSELF: What area of my life do I want to explore more intimately alone?
3. It’s not about unplugging, its learning to be at peace anywhere
Now don’t get me wrong I did occasionally unplug in terms of not using the phone to enjoy the sites, talk to people, and embrace the food and culture. But my goal wasn’t to completely disconnect from the world. I actually do enjoy relating to people online, and sharing my experiences. I also kept in touch with my family and son. Even thought it was a great vacation I did miss them just a little J
What I did want more of was to learn how to bring harmony to the various aspects of my life – online, in person, or otherwise. That is the key skill that helps you get back to your day to day without feeling like you’re being tossed into a fire and in need of another vacation.
If we could learn to connect to ourselves and listen to our true desires and needs, we would be able to make decision based on this and live a more peaceful and balanced life.
ASK YOURSELF: What can I do to live in more peace and harmony with my own life?
2. It’s not just about the beaches; it’s exposure to the unknown
Vacations can include everything you desire – relaxation, good food, drinks, people and it can include an education of a lifetime. You won’t get to that if you don’t travel outside your comfort zone.
Folks in the states (USA) are notorious for staying in their own state, and even their own city. In Europe it’s a different lifestyle of traveling to the next country for the weekend, learning languages, tasting different foods, and taking advantage of options. When was the last time you travelled to another state to do something different rather than visiting a relative or going to the Florida beach?
One of the things I received in my College Education is training to love exposure to a little bit of everything. I took classes from philosophy to art, from chemistry to Women’s studies, from computer science to visual arts (which ended up being my major and minor by the way). So maybe I learned early on that learning new things outside of my comfort zone was interesting and sometimes even fun!
People are very used to being comfortable, and travelling the path most travelled. In the past it kept us safe from danger. What we might consider doing as we get older is becoming daring and open. The best way to learn and grow is to expose yourself to things you’ve never seen or done. After a while it becomes easy, exciting even FUN!
Broaden your MIND! And then you can help others do the same by sharing it.
ASK YOURSELF: Where can I take the road less travelled and risk in order to add more joy and fun to my life?
1. Travelling IS Investing in your soul
You can buy a car, a ring, or a new big screen TV but that will only last a while. Every time you fly somewhere you’ve never been, meet someone you didn’t know, eat something you’ve never tasted, and watch a sunset over a new town you’ve never seen – you’re investing in your soul.
I have to thank my dear friend Brian for that one. When he said that to me after we met up to review our experiences and compare notes on our various trips he mentioned that beautiful phrase to me and I whole heartedly agree.
I didn’t take a vacation to vacate my life, I took a journey of a lifetime to invest in memories for my soul. And these are irreplaceable, immeasurable and unforgettable for all the reason #1-10 that I’ve mentioned above.
ASK YOURSELF: What experience would you like to have that help you invest in your soul?
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