When you finally decide to step out of your comfort zone, and travel abroad alone, you’re going to be so happy, and proud, but there’s one thing you should know.
When you travel abroad alone, you are going to want to make international friends, and meet people that speak the language and know the culture.
So, while you’re alone in a foreign country, that’s what you do.
That’s what’s on your mind because you don’t want to be alone all the time, so you start making friends to explore with, learn the language, and make amazing international connections.
And, in the moment, it’s all amazing and great fun, but soon it’s going to be time to say bye to that amazing country and those awesome new friends. And, that’s when the difficult part begins.
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The first hardest part is actually saying bye to your amazing new friends.
The second hardest part is leaving a new country and culture that you started adapting to and loving so much.
The third, and final hardest part is going home, and getting used to seeing everything differently.
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While traveling abroad alone, you learn more about yourself, you make new friendships and you learn to live differently in another country.
And, although all these things are awesome, the worst part is coming back to your home country because your perspective has changed, and sometimes it can feel weird to go back to your old ways. Especially when you had such a good experience abroad; you don’t want to lose this amazing, new version of yourself.
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So, if you ever feel lost after a trip abroad:
Remember that stepping out of your comfort zone and changing your perspective is what it takes to move forward, and change your life. And, now you have friends in another country that you can visit whenever you feel homesick for that country.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encourages you to step out of your comfort zone, and change your perspective on the world (don’t be afraid of doing something different!).
At first you just shake it You feel it for a moment And, then, you forget it
You start living in the moment With all the excitement Of this new experience
But, soon you get tired And, it catches up to you You can’t shake it this time
You’ve learned, explored, experienced Now, your brain is tired ready To go home
This new perspective These new lessons This new excitement
Ready to go home And, see the world Through your new view
Thanks for reading! I hope this reminded you that if you ever feel homesick; remember that everything you are learning and experiencing will completely change your perspective. So, enjoy your new experience and learn as much as you can because that’s what makes going home after a trip so exciting; you get to experience your home with a new perspective, in a completely different way!
P.S. I’m going home in 2 weeks from my 4 months trip in South America, so if you want to receive a postcard from my adventures, click this link!
I welcome you with open arms. I’m so excited for what you have in store for me this year. I hope it’s as good (or even better) than 2018. I just thought I should warn you that you have a lot to compete against. The bar is raised (as they say).
I learned a lot in 2018, so I’m ready for more new lessons in 2019. I also traveled quite a bit in 2018, so I’m ready for more adventures to see even more of the world in 2019.
I’m ready for everything you have in store for me this year, and I’m so ready to step out of my comfort zone. It took me a while, but 2018 was finally the year I gained full confidence in myself (from teaching English in a foreign country, to solo traveling abroad). I’m ready to use my new found confidence! So, I hope you’re ready for me because here I come, with confidence, eagerness, and excitement for the next 365 days! Let’s do this, and make this the best year yet!
READY! SET! GO!
Sincerely, A girl ready to conquer this year!
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Thanks for reading! If you’re ready to conquer 2019 as well, comment below with one of your biggest goals that you really want to accomplish this year. Also, if you want new year resolution ideas, check out: https://nowboarding.ca/2018/12/31/2019-resolutions/
Fact: Did you know that more than half of the people that live in North America don’t own a passport?
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Now, I don’t know exactly how many people live in North America, but it’s definitely a fair amount. And, the fact that only half of us own a passport is very sad. I can’t believe that many people don’t see the need to own a passport and travel to another country. A passport is like the best and most valuable thing you can own. You can travel anywhere and fill your passport with stamps, your heart with memories and your brain with knowledge.
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So, I just googled it, and found out that about 579 million people live in North America and only about half of them own a passport. That means that about 290 million people in North America alone (I don’t know about in the rest of the world) don’t own a passport!
In my opinion, that’s not a good ratio, at all. (50% is not a good grade) That means that about 290 million North American have never traveled to another country. They have never left their comfort zone. They might never go to a passport office. They might never hold a passport in their hands. They might never get that feeling of excitement when they see that first stamp in their passport. They will not know what it’s really like to visit another country. They will never hear another language in a foreign country. They will never get that thrill of taking-off in a plane for the first time. They will never know the feeling of stepping foot into an unknown country. They will never experience the excitement and adrenaline of going to a foreign country.
All these reasons used to make me sad for those people, but, after writing them down, they just confuse me.
How can someone not want to travel and experience all those things? How can someone be so afraid to leave their comfort zone that they refuse to get a passport? (it’s really quite simple, just take a picture & fill out a form) How can someone be happy and content with their home country, knowing that there is so much out there to explore?
I mean, seriously though, a passport is truly the most valuable thing you can own.
So, if you are one of those people that doesn’t own a passport, just try one thing. Instead of buying that new smartphone or laptop, go purchase your first passport because for one, it’s cheaper and, the passport will actually make you feel richer. You probably think you will never use it, but I promise, once you own one and hold it in your own hands, you will want to use it and fill it up with stamps and memories.
AND, IF YOU’RE STILL NOT CONVINCED THAT YOU SHOULD PURCHASE A PASSPORT, HERE ARE A FEW QUOTES THAT MIGHT ENTICE YOU EVEN MORE!
Thanks for reading! I hope this encouraged you to, either: Buy a passport! or Start using your passport more often! Because no one should ever regret traveling!
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. -Robert H. Schuller
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So, before I begin, I should start by saying that I don’t know the person who said that quote, but, when I read it, I immediately remembered one of the main reasons why I made the decision to live here, in Chile, for 3 months.
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I knew that living here was going to be very different, and I would have to adapt to a lot of new things. I also knew, from experience, that travel teaches amazing & valuable skills & knowledge and it helps with (mental, physical & spiritual) growth. So, let’s just say that I wasn’t exactly terrified of this trip, and making this decision was pretty easy for me because I love traveling anyways. But, I still had some doubts in me about this decision (like, was it even the right one?). And, the only thing that kept me from letting doubt win was the excitement of travel, and knowing that I was doing something that would better myself and my future. I knew deep down that this trip was going to shape me and my future in some amazing way, and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to travel more, grow more and shape my future.
Traveling shapes us in a way we don’t realize, until we come home & see what changed in our minds!
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That quote is a good reminder to have faith in your future, and to not let today’s hurts and fears stop you from accomplishing your dreams. It reminds you that, how you feel today does not define your future because if you keep hoping, praying and working, your dreams will become reality and you will be able to say that you accomplished your goals. It reminds you that even though traveling has tough moments (culture shock, fear of flying, fear of the unknown, etc.), it’s all worth it in the end because you’re working towards creating a better you and a great future for your better self. And, in that future, culture shock, flying & fear of the unknown will not be as foreign to you.
You might even, actually, start to love those aspects of traveling (I know, I definitely have).
Hurts only last for a period in time! But, Hopes can lasts forever (as long as you never lose your hope)!
So, whatever it is that’s stopping you from doing something amazing, put it aside and let your hope and faith in your future guide your decision because being hopeful is much better than being fearful.
Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you to go out & live your dreams because you should never let your hope fade & your hurts win!
Kill the hurts & fears by letting your hopes & dreams shape your future!
It’s finally happening!
I am crossing the equator!
I’ve traveled to many places, but this is my first time going below the equator & I cannot control my excitement! I feel like the more I travel, the more excited I get for any trip!
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When you’re reading this, I will either be on a plane crossing the equator or I am already below the equator!
But, as of right now (while I am writing this), I have not crossed it, yet. But, I am so excited for this new adventure that I couldn’t wait to write about it. I am so excited to share this trip with you on this blog! I hope you will continue to read about these upcoming adventures!
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So, to start this adventure.
On December 26 (today, when this is posted), I will be on a plane heading to live in Chile for 3 months with a local family to teach them English, and to learn Spanish in return!
I’m so excited for this new journey; I hope you will continue to read this blog because I will try to share as much as I can about this experience (who knows maybe it will inspire you)! And, if you’ve already crossed the equator (or been to or live in Chile), comment below with your experience, adventures & advice for things I should see/visit!
That’s all for now, but Adventure posts about my trip and experience are coming very soon, I promise! 😉
Thanks for reading!
Let’s face it, sometimes you have a bad day (week, month, year, etc.) that you think will never end. But, think about it, they have all passed before, so why should this time be any different?
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Well, this time you can make it Better; By Finding Your Purpose.
Here’s how: Think about something that gives you a sense of excitement and happiness every time you think about it.
Whatever it is, whether it’s: graduating, getting that dream job, going somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, starting a family, buying a house, buying a car, buying those awesome pairs of shoes you’ve always wanted, etc.
Anything that gives you a sense of excitement is connected to your purpose.
And, if you want to follow your dream and fulfill your purpose, work towards it with the things that make you happy and excited. Take little steps each day that will get you closer to your goal. Obviously, it won’t be easy, but if you really want to find your purpose you will take the necessary steps to get there.
Every amazing success comes out of great determination, patience & excitement!
So… Get excited about your purpose because if it excites you, then it’s part of your future!