How to become an explorer of the world
I’ve seen so many places and have so many yet to go. I’ve seen most of Europe, been to Indonesia, born in South-Africa and lived in Australia, but yet my hunger to see new cultures and experience new things in the world has not been satisfied. I would love to see New-Zealand, Nepal, Brazil and Peru. To make a roadtrip through America, to survive in Alaska, go diving in the Philippines. I wish I had the money and the guts to go traveling for the rest of my life!
I find it difficult to understand people who want to stay in one place all their lives. How can you not feel that drive to just go and see and experience new things? But this message is not for these people. If you don’t want to leave, that’s fine. This message is for all those people who want to leave, who sometimes even say they will, but never actually leave.
– One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things –
Traveling broadens your perceptions. It is an amazing way to see new cultures and to learn things about other people you never thought you would know. And to do things you never thought you would do. The moment I put my backpack on my back and step out of my front door, I become someone else. And I love the person I become when I travel. It’s like all the things that seem important at home, are just not there anymore. I say yes to options that I might not have even considered at home, thinking it might not be the sensible thing to do. Saying yes gave me some of the best experiences I’ve ever had. You come places you never thought you would come and you experience things that will be memories for the rest of your life! Especially the situations that seem a little odd at the time, make really good stories later on.
I think, that when you travel you understand more of the world. You can understand a culture better and you can put things into perspective. You also know people better because it doesn’t matter what culture you are from, in the end we all have a lot in common. So following here are a few tips to get those people who say they want to leave, to actually do it! Explore the world to the fullest.
Tips to explore the world
• First of all, it is okay to be scared. If you step out of your comfort zone and into the big unknown it is normal to feel a little scared. But just don’t let the fear hold you back. And it is true, the first few days that you are gone are going to feel different, scared and unknown. But you are human, and humans adapt real quick. So you will feel okay in no time and then you will only enjoy all of it.
• When in doubt, say yes. Like I said before: saying yes will get you places you couldn’t believe you would come. It is not only saying yes to some kind of food or to a certain cultural tradition, but also saying yes to fellow travellers you will meet. A few days with a bunch of other people can change the way you travel and will learn you some more about other cultures. But also listen to your feelings. This is kind of the other side of the scale, but if you doubt something because you have a feeling it can’t be right, don’t do it. Most of the time your feeling will be accurate.
• Don’t get all stressed if things don’t go the way you want them to. There are only a few countries in the world where the trains run on time. I can assure you that things will go differently than you want them to. It doesn’t matter if you are backpacking, going on a tour or just staying at a hotel, if you are in an unknown culture in another place in the world there will be something that goes wrong. But relax about it! You know it is coming and you are on a trip. There is no where you need to be. The only thing you need is a bed and some food.
• Stop planning! You will never be able to be surprised if you plan everything you want and do from day to day. How are you going to make that side-trip with those nice guys you met at the hostel last night? If you got everything planned and booked, there is no room for you to do anything spontaneous. So book your first night when you get off the plane. It is nice to have somewhere to go if you just landed. And maybe you want to know when you are going back, so you have an endpoint of your trip. But in between those two points, leave it open to fill in as you go.
• Go with the flow. If they eat it, you can eat it. If they do it, you can do it. You have never tried it, so maybe you will be really good at it. Just adapt yourself to the culture a little and don’t stick with your own all the time. You want to learn new things, not just sit in a different place with the things you already know.
• Don’t go to fast. It is a mistake a lot of travellers make. They want to see too much in too little time. Take it easy. Just take a minute of mindfulness every now and then. Take a random walk around where you are and look at all the little things that you could have missed. Just Wander. The little things are really important.
Enjoy. Every. Single. Minute.
These are the first tips to become an explorer. You might have heard most of them, but they are all very true. So if you want to go, just go. The only thing holding you back is yourself. It is not your work, you can put a hold on that. It is not the money, because you can make choices in the way you spend it. If you really want to go, it is possible.