Another beautifully lost dreamer with an incurable case of wanderlust.

Long Term Travel Highs

I recently wrote a post about the miserable parts of travelling long term. It can be tough, but it’s not all doom and gloom- don’t be put off! There are more highs than lows when it comes to exploring what the world has to offer. When you’re having a low moment, you need to remember that good times are just around the corner. Things always seem to have a way of working themselves out. Travelling is fun. It gives you an incredible sense of freedom, something that I believe everybody should experience at least once in their lives.

When you’re on the road, you meet a huge amount of people; people that you wouldn’t normally cross paths with. You seem to form relationships with people quicker that you would do back home. I admit that I find it crazy how you can spend a couple of months with someone and then never see them again, but the memories of that trip and those people will stay with you forever. Some bonds that you create will never be broken. I can safely say that I have met at least 5 incredible people that I will always stay in touch with, no matter how far away we are. I’m very grateful for that. I once saw one of those cliché meme things (you love them- don’t deny it) that said ‘people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you’ll know exactly what to do.’ I like that a lot. Even if you think you don’t need any new friends (like I did at first) you do. Trust me!

Saying that, don’t forget the people you love back home. Invite them to come and stay with you. You get to be reunited and everyone back home gets amazing holidays. Everyone’s a winner!

When you’re travelling you can recreate yourself however many times you want. Now, I’m not telling you to change who you are by any means but you have the chance to create a new beginning however often you like. Travelling can change the way you look at things, in a positive light. I’ve finally realised that money doesn’t buy happiness. Happiness is an inside job; you need to learn to be content. Contentment is something I have never really thought about in the western world, but after travelling South East Asia, I have learnt to be very aware of it.

Travelling long term throws you many opportunities, usually when you’re least expecting them! At times, it may feel like there are no doors to open, but there is always one that you can shake and kick your foot into! These opportunities are generally different to ones you’d be offered back home, so embrace the change. Being outside your comfort zone is good for you. Be confident, be flexible and say yes to new challenges.

One of the beauties of travelling is that if you get bored, you can change it. Yes, if you’re doing a big trip, you may have to work and have a slice of normality back in your life… but open your eyes and appreciate where you are, where you’ve been, who you’ve met and what you’ve seen.

You’re in a good place. Happy travelling, darlings.

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