Hello Hello! I’m writing these “5 Insights” to share with all you beautiful people what I’ve learned over the past few years of my wildly worldly travels. Before I share these insights, I would first like to say something. These 5 Insights are things that I’ve learned along my travels, through my perspective, and my point of view, to help me understand my journey better. Get what I’m trying to say here? These are all lessons that are relevant to my life. There’s a chance that these 5 Keys may not resonate with you. They may have no relevance to your beautiful life. And I want you to know that I Understand. And I respect that. I’m not here to give a lesson and teach you what I’ve learned and say that it’s the right and the only way. I’m here for Fun! And I’m here to simply offer some light and insightful entertainment to what I’ve learned along this crazy journey of mine. And if you get anything from it, that’s even better.
Okay! When traveling, new “stuff” happens all the time! Life throws you into situations that you’ve never encountered before and it’s up to you to think creatively, be flexible, and know that each situation is going to make you stronger than before. And damn does it feel good laying down at the end of the day having done things you never thought to be possible. Traveling isn’t all chaos. Those times do however provide much appreciation for the moments of comfort and peace. So, here are 5 Insights that traveling the world the past few years has taught me, I hope these help you in your daily lives and maybe even encourage you to get out there and join the traveling parade once this virus situation passes.
1. Fall In Love With The Unknown
This is one of the main things that keeps many from traveling, The Unknown. The Unknown is indeed scary the first few times we encounter it. The Unknown comes in questions like, “How will I get around if I don’t speak the language? How do I not get ripped off? How will I know if I’m getting ripped off? What do I do when I get ripped off? What happens if my hotel has bugs? How will I get from this place to this place if I can’t find any bus’s online? Can I trust the car rentals? What will I eat?” Don’t get me wrong, all of these are valid questions. It’s good to have an idea of what you’re going to be experiencing. But, try and be okay with NOT KNOWING. Yes, you heard me right. LOVE THE UNKNOWN. Embrace It. Why? Because the best times present themselves from The Unknown. When we surrender to The Unknown, we are open to Everything. By being in this state, the state of openness, we allow the miracles of Life to occur. We allow for those awesomely crazy travel stories to happen for us. We allow the universe to act for us and with us. I understand that it’s nice to have a few things planned like where you’re going to stay and stuff like that but what I’m saying is don’t plan every hour of your whole trip before you arrive. If you do, you will block yourself from experiencing the true miracles of travel. I say this because I’ve gone through this more than once or twice and have learned that the best experiences come from not knowing what to do and being open to everything. You will find yourself in Life wanting to control less when you surrender to The Unknown. And oh baby does life flow when we surrender control! By Loving The Unknown, you become a master of change and a master of flexibility. Both are qualities that will benefit and enhance your Life in every way.
2. Ask For Help
Don’t pretend you know what you’re doing if you don’t. Don’t worry about looking lost or dumb if you don’t know what’s going on. Ask for help. This is something that I struggled with at the start of my travels, asking for help. And I wasted so much energy! I would arrive in new cities or countries and I didn’t want the people around me to know that I had no idea what I was doing. I wanted to fit in with the crowd. I would pretend to be confident and act that I knew where I was going and what I was doing because everyone else seemed to know. Boy was that stupid of me! I’ve walked myself in circles for hours around cities and airports because I was too scared to ask for help. Find someone and ask them the question that you need answered. Your phone won’t have the answers for you all the time. I’ve found it helpful on the plane before you land, to ask the person next to you what the best way of transportation is. Or whatever questions you have, just ask! Most of the time, you get way more knowledge than you could have ever imagined and usually find out about something that you would have never found unless you asked for the help. And people Love to help! You’ll quickly be reminded of how much Love there is in this world when you see people going out of there way to ensure that you get to where you need to go safely. So, save your time and energy and ask for help. It’s okay to be vulnerable and look like a tourist sometimes, after all, you are one.
3. Make Your Own Path
If you have a belief about something that you have never experienced first-hand, then that is an assumption. When visiting a new place, assume nothing. Take everything that you think that you know about the place you are visiting and throw it out the window. Unless you’ve traveled to this place before, pretend that you know nothing about the place you’re going to. Anything you have read, heard on T.V. , or heard from another person about the location you are visiting, take it and get rid of it. Throw it out! I say this because it is essential that you arrive in a country with an open mind. Having an open mind will allow you to create your own experience and develop your own beliefs and thoughts about the experiences you’re creating. I’ve met thousands of travelers throughout my journey and each one has their own thoughts about every location. I’ve asked one person about a certain city and they give me advice, then I ask another person and they have completely different advice, then I read an article or blog and get even more different advice! So get rid of what the television, internet, or friends told you about the place. Be the Knight of Kind Arthurs Round Table that you are and blaze YOUR OWN trail into the forest to find The Holy Grail. I say this because I can not prove that positive thinking leads to positive results all the time, but I can prove that negative thinking leads to negative results 100% of the time. If you go into a meeting thinking that it may go poorly, chances are it will. The same applies when traveling to a new country. Much like the saying goes with King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table. Make your OWN path into the forest to find The Holy Grail. Throw everything out and be open to Love and Miracles. You will be pleasantly surprised.
4. Get Comfortable With Getting Uncomfortable/ Try New Things
Traveling gives you the beautiful opportunity to experience things that you’ve never been able to experience before. When you try new things, you find out more about yourself. You find out more about what you enjoy and what you don’t, what makes you feel alive and what makes you feel stuck, what allows you to be creative and what blocks your creativity. Trying new things and getting uncomfortable gives you confidence. You feel a new sense of Joy and Aliveness by engaging in activities that you didn’t think you were capable of. Why do some people stay away from getting uncomfortable and trying new things? Great question. I’ve noticed there’s a couple reasons to why people don’t try new things. People don’t try new things because it either doesn’t resonate with them or because they’re fearful. If a certain activity or experience doesn’t resonate with you, that’s fine, you don’t have to do it. That’s the reason why I’m not practicing the flute right now. I’m not scared of it. I’m just not interested in it at this point in my life. BUT…If you’re not experiencing something because you’re fearful of it, then I say, You gotta’ do it! Haha Examples of this one are, someone that is scared to go hiking because they’re scared of wildlife, or someone not skydiving because of the fear of heights, or someone not surfing because they’re scared of the ocean. (I was one of those examples I just listed but I’m not going to tell you which one.) Anywho! Getting comfortable with getting uncomfortable is something that traveling has taught me to fully enjoy. When you begin trying new things, you quickly realize that you are not the regular person that you may have thought yourself to be. You will feel more superhero like. And doesn’t everyone wanna feel like a superhero after all? Well, by getting comfortable with getting uncomfortable, you can.
5. Indonesia Has Better Toilet Hygene Than Most 1st World Countries
It’s True! This one is kind of a joke but not really! Haha Indonesia definitely does have better toilet hygiene than most “toilet paper” using, first world countries (Japan being the only exception). Every toilet in Indonesia, no matter where you are, has a spray hose attached to it. This spray hose is used, on your parts, once you’re finish using the toilet. Toilet paper is still there if needed to clean up the left over water and you throw the toilet paper in the rubbish bin next to the toilet. And you leave feeling clean and refreshed! Way better than just toilet paper. I mean come on people, lets think about this real quick, if you get pooped on by a bird when walking outside, what do you do? Wipe it off with paper and go on with your day? I really hope not. I would hope that you throw some water on that poopy and get er cleaned up the right way. The sanitary way. The same goes for us and our bums. It’s truly a life changing experience. It’s like a bidet times a thousand. You should have saw my face when I first used a toilet in Indonesia. I looked over to where the toilet paper has been located all my life and to find a hose attached to a wall. My squinty confused face quickly turned into an “AHA!” face when I figured out what to do! It was like a kid in a candy store! Okay, I’m sorry, I’m taking it too far here. What I really want to say here is that I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to experience the Indonesian toilet. But there’s a downside, I believe the spray can be compared to flying private, once you do it, you can never go back to coach. So, you can imagine how I felt after spending a month in Indonesia and arriving in New Zealand to experience the toilet paper using bathrooms again.
Well, y’all, there you have it, the crazy things that I’ve learned along these travels. I want you to know that in no way am I saying that I’ve mastered the craft. I still catch myself practicing old habits that no longer fit my belief system. But, I’m making progress and trusting that I’m going in the right direction.
I’m going to be vulnerable with you right now, if that’s okay. I want you all to know that I am always coming to you, as the readers, with Love. I literally write these posts with the hopes that they will change your lives for the better. I recognize however I actually can’t do that. Only you can make your lives better. But I hope you know what I mean. I Love Life and I Love You. Please reach out and say what’s up! I Love to hear from you and it always brightens my day seeing that you’re enjoying these posts as much as I enjoy writing them. And remember to…B R E A T H E. Until next time 🙂