Keen on traveling alone? Perhaps you’ve been thinking about it for a while, but you’re not sure what to expect? I’m going to share with you the most memorable things I’ve learned along my 2 year travel adventure so far.
"If you do not like where you are, move. You are not a tree"
We have all sat there, pondering life, wondering why we are still in our hometown, seeing all these epic photos of people living their dream. Whether your dream is to travel, to go to school, to get married and have kids, you have the power to make any of those dreams reality.
Since I like to go against the grain, because I don’t think the grain is the way, I’m going to share my story with you. I remember I was doing just that, sitting in the same chair I’d sit in everyday at the job I really disliked, wondering why I wasn’t following my passions. It struck a deep cord in my heart. One day, I became fed up with seeing people following their dreams, and decided I needed to give mine a chance. I didn’t have a massive savings at the time, so I booked a bus ride from Kingston, Ontario to Jasper, Alberta. Surprisingly you can bus from one side of Canada to the other for a very small price. One hundred and fifty five dollars and three days later, I was in Jasper.
If you don’t know what the end goal of your dreams are, it doesn’t matter, all you need to do is make the first step. I made that step, by applying to jobs in a place I wanted to be. I got the job, booked the bus and there I went! Things have come to me in stepping stones, all I did was make the first step. Make that first step, and the other steps will follow.
Rid yourself of expectations, let life come as it is
We tend to expect life turn out a certain way, when in reality, it usually doesn’t end up that way. Planning is great, but who knows what’s going to happen in the end. When I first bought my bus ticket to Jasper, I had no idea that 6 months later I would be buying a flight to New Zealand to live there for 2 years. That being said, I have no idea what will happen in the future, and I’m so excited about it!
I find many people always think, “What if I don’t get a job overseas?”, “What if I miss home?”, “What if I don’t like the place I move to?”. Well my friend, you aren’t going to find out if you don’t get off your bum and attempt it. If you don’t get a job, move or keep trying. If you miss home, we all do sometimes, but travel is way better than staying at home. If you don’t like where you move to, move somewhere else. It’s very simple, in fact. The main thing is, roll with the punches.
"You must go on adventures to find where you truly belong"
We are all different, and that’s what I find is amazing. But most of us seem to follow the grain, go to school, get a career, choose a man, get married and have kids. I see this all the time. The world is ever changing, and what if that way of life dosen’t give us the happiness we need anymore – just a thought? ( I think it all the time) see more and more people getting married later, not really having a career, or just purely following their passions; I love those people. I also love seeing people who are happy with their family, and take time for each other and for the little things.
My path is very different, but I’m not lost. I’m actually just finding myself more and more everyday. Looking back at photos of myself even 6 months ago, I notice extreme changes in my appearance and remembering how I felt at the time. I’ve never learned so much in my entire life, as I have the past 2 years I’ve been on the road. I don’t see this ending anytime soon. A little glimpse into what I have planned for the future, well here it is.
My working holiday visa for New Zealand comes to an end in October. I plan to fly over to Australia, buy a van and travel the entire country. For Canadians, we get a 1 year Working Holiday Visa to Australia and if we want longer, we must do farm work. Well, to be honest guys, I really don’t want to do farm work, so I’ll be out of there in a year. Since working holiday’s do involve work, I enjoy taking holidays as well. I’d like to check out a lot of Indonesia while I’m around there! After the year, I seriously have no idea, the entire world is my playground. Traveling alone is the best!
Stop underestimating yourself
Do it NOW! Stop underestimating yourself! Why do you think you can’t achieve what you want? Is it self doubt? Can you not see the big picture? Are you lazy? These are all things that happen to me, but I snap out of it, because deep down I know I CAN do it! YOU CAN achieve what you want!
If your goals are similar to mine, and you’d like to travel and make money on the road, why can’t you? Have you seen the amount of people out there doing just that! I research almost everyday, I watch youtube videos, I read, listen to audio books. If I want something, there is nothing that’s going to stop me! My parents always saw that in me, If I decided something, let just let me be because odds are no one was going to be able to change my mind. Be that person, who knows what they want and knows they can get it.
"Just because my path is different, dosen't mean I'm lost"
I’ve tried school – Culinary, Massage, Fitness & Health and Marketing -and realised that I truly don’t know myself enough to choose only one thing. At a young age, we are always told to choose a career and I don’t think this is right. For me, the idea of only doing one thing for my whole life, terrifies me. I dislike repetition, it causes stagnation in me and doesn’t allow me to grow or learn. I’ve always enjoyed doing many different things at the same time. We are all different, and if my story resonates with you, great!
If it wasn’t for travel, I’d still be lost. Travel truly does help you find where you truly belong, especially traveling alone. How are you supposed to know at 17 what you love, if you haven’t even tried most things. At age 17, most of us did not venture out of our country to take a gander at how others are living their lives. Seeing how others live their lives really makes me question why we live ours a certain way. This resonates with me immensely, and with that said – Go Adventure asap!!
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone"
It sure does! If you’re scared of doing something, do it! That being said, I will not go bungy jumping! But anything safe and not terrifying, do it! You may not know what will happen on the other side, but I promise you it’s greatness. Put yourself out there and you will not be disappointed. Truth is, at least you can say you tried. If it didn’t end up working, just go back to your old ways.
An example for me, was before when I had a clothing company. It was called Hippohutt. I really loved creating things, and I ended up having a stall at the market. I had the most fun, but realised that It was consuming too much time. I was shopping for fabric, sewing fabric, doing the marketing and advertising and on top of that I was sitting at the market trying to sell my stuff. I literally had no time. The passion kind of died off and I decided to stop it all together. In hindsight I could have done many things differently, but I learned a lot!
When I came to New Zealand, I contacted the market and ended up having a Henna Booth. Now that was a great idea! The cost is low, I am only using my time and a little bit of product, it was great! The lesson I learned was that selling services is much easier than selling product! I went out of my comfort zone time after time putting myself out there. I actually had a bodybuilding blog with food recipes before as well. I’ve tried many times, but this is the one that is sticking with me. Beanies & Bikinis is my passion. Photography and videography and travel, in my vanlife of course!
"Your vibe attracts your tribe"
Who you hangout with becomes a direct reflection of yourself. Who do you want to be surrounded by? Are you going to chill with people who have similar goals so you can work on them together? Or are you going to hangout with the people who watch tv everyday and party on weekends? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with watching tv and partying on weekends, if you work on your goals as well. Just remember that goals strive you to be the best version of you. If you don’t have goals, you’ll feel like a blob – take it from me!
If I go a day without bringing me closer to where I want to be, I feel like poo. Of course we all have those days where we do want to blob, but when I reflect on my week, 80% of the time I was being productive and 20% being a blob. When you travel alone, it’ll push you to meet people and interact. If you’re traveling with someone, you’ll most likely just keep to yourselves. Therefore, traveling alone is epic. It gets you out of your comfort zone, pushes you to meet people – hopefully like-minded people.
There are so many more things I’ve learned along my travels; have trust in the process, relax more, smile more, give kindness – The list goes on. The main thing I really want to stress is that positivity attracts positivity and you do have the ability to do whatever you want in life. Trust yourself.
I hope you enjoyed reading about what I’ve learned on my travels! If you have learned anything specific that you’d like to add please let me know! Cheers and enjoy life.