As you might be aware I’m currently off on a 14 day Asian Adventure with Contiki. No stranger to going abroad I am a newbie to the travelling scene - and not going to lie - Im terrified.
Going travelling is so totally out of my comfort zone I keep questioning my reasons for saying yes. I’m very much a home body, princess and total 21st Century Chick. Despite going away for 3-4 days at a time most of this summer the idea of going away for 14 days half a world away terrifies me. Mainly for the most pathetic reasons like “Will I have Wifi?”, “How will I Instagram?”, “Will I be able to keep my unruly hair in check?”. Pathetic reasons. But these were things that initially ran through my head when this trip was pitched to be before settling on a (semi) firm YES! Those silly reasons could have really held me back if I didn’t think - Y’know what - and to paraphrase Drake - YOLO.
My housemate asked me a before I left if I was scared. Too right I’m scared. It’s a whole new world that I’ve never explored before. I can’t just turn around and come home if I don’t like it and I have no idea what the 14 days will ensue. It’s something I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do so never even considered travelling around Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Saying “Yes!” to more things this year has given me a new found confidence. Confidence that I never imagined I’d have. I think taking on this new challenge will be thrilling, inspiring and scary. And most importantly to me show myself that as a 24 year old woman - I’m strong enough to do anything I want if I put my mind to it. Im putting myself through life’s paces in a way I never have done before. I know it'll make me a stronger person.
I hope stepping out my comfort zone might inspire you guys to maybe do something you never have done before. Everyone I’ve ever met has come back from travelling a new person - Bullshit aside seeing a totally new culture can really enlighten you.
Sometimes we should all actively seek out something new and different because it will 100% make a lasting impact on your life. Going traveling will be magical, challenging and provide me with memories I’ll treasure forever. I spent most of 2013 sad, unhappy and regretting a lot of my decisions. Mainly because I was too afraid to try something new. Falling into routine of being afraid and regretting not doing things is not healthy.
Now Im not going to encourage you all to go out and do something crazy. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a little or as crazy as you want it to be. It could be trying a new sport to performing stand up or going on a wild dare devil adventure. Just say yes, don’t be afraid and live for the moment.
This post is scheduled - I am currently travelling around Asia returning August 25th