A lot of people say they want to travel the world and experience new things, but not a lot of them actually act on the desire. I will be honest with you, I used to be one of them too. Life happens and we always seem to come up with reasons why we shouldn’t go. You don’t have enough time, your family would be worried, traveling is expensive … it’s a never-ending list.
What we forget though, are the reasons why we should go. Traveling not only gives you a different sight to see, but it also teaches you so much about the world, about others, and most important of all – about yourself. Doing something that you’ve never done before can be hard and scary as well (trust me, I know), which is probably why we come up with so many excuses. Slow and steady wins the race as I always say, so start with baby steps.
I have grown so much as an individual ever since I decided to break out of my comfort zone. I used to be a couch potato that considered the distance between the couch and the fridge, a long trek. Fast forward 5 months later, I have hiked well over 100 miles and have even hiked 20 miles in one day. Mother nature has taught me a lot about myself in this short amount of time but I think the most important thing that I have learned is that I am capable of a lot more than I think I am. I enjoy hiking with others but have also realized that I am able to do it by myself as well. I can’t always wait around or expect someone to go on a hike with me so I learned how to be an independent solo-hiker. I travel when my bank account allows me to but I don’t let that stop me from going on adventures in the meantime. Every weekend I hop in my car and go visit mother nature because that’s where I feel the happiest. Just because it’s not somewhere far away or exotic, doesn’t mean it won’t be just as good. So here’s my best advice to you – don’t wait, just go. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be setting behind footprints for someone else to follow.
Cheers from Seattle,
Sabrina the former couch potato
Storyteller: Sabrina Weng, 22 years old, Seattle, USA.
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