Routines provide structure, but sometimes too much structure shuts us off from why we continue to do what we do in the first place.
Coming off somewhat of a mini Euro trip over the past couple weeks, the time away from my desk has allowed me to reflect on my surroundings, and my current state of being. While I didn’t exactly go anywhere brand new, I discovered what it was that all my travels have given me. That something would be the strongest relationships I have in my life, something I wouldn’t exchange for anything else.
Even if I could have all the money I’ve spent on travel and living abroad put back into my savings account, it wouldn’t equal the value that my friends have added to my life. Therefore it’s no coincidence that my closest friends are ones that I met while outside my home country.
That’s why I get up in the morning, why I work so hard. To earn the opportunity to break the morn, to meet new people, and hang out with my friends around the world.
Traveling abroad or even moving abroad can be a scary proposition, anytime one leaves the comforts of home for the unknown will introduce at least a hint of fear. Though you should never fear that you wouldn’t make friends, because, when taken out of your element, relationships tend to evolve quickly, as if in an incubator.
That’s because when we strip away everything that takes up space in our life at home – our family, friends, groups, activities, local hangouts – we throw ourselves out there more and rely on other people more in order to catch up with the world around us. We’re new to this place, therefore we try to find those things we had at home, and speed up the process of incorporating it into our structure of living in this new place.
Sometimes this rapid evolution of a relationship doesn’t pan out, in my experience however, it has lead to amazing experiences and long lasting friendships. Approaching 30 years of age, there are so many people I need to see, which means a lot of money to be spent on plane tickets. On the flip side, I’ll save on lodging thanks to friends made along my travels.
- You owe it to yourself to immerse into the community you are visiting.
- Traveling strips you down to relying on just yourself, but at the same time it obligates you to throw yourself out there, make yourself vulnerable to the generosity of others, showing you who your real friends are.
Jake is the Founder and Lead Tour Guide at https://www.immersiontour.net/
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