One thing about travelling that I’ve become much better at over the last few years is the fear factor. The idea of leaving your comfort zone is hard for many, including myself before I left fro my first real trip.
I think back home (in the UK) we can be quite safe with everyday activities and attitudes. Sometimes this is great, and other times it’s scary in it’s own way. I first left my comfort zone when travelling around South East Asia a few years back and then basically just kept doing it throughout my time away everywhere!
One thing I have to say I am pretty terrified of is heights…to the extent that i can barely climb a ladder without occasionally getting slightly nervous! I probably wouldn’t ever have skydived back in the UK, but getting to New Zealand I knew this had to be done. To be honest with you, it was one of the best experiences of my entire life. I was shouting so many things (many expletives!) as we shifted towards the plane door, but tumbling out was something I’ll never forget. I felt invincible for the rest of the trip.
I have since tried to repeat this leaving of my comfort zone every time I travel, and it’s always exhilarating.
I would say I probably get more scared now when I’m back in the UK and not doing something ‘out of the ordinary’ for too long! Living a dull life every single day has now become my greatest fear. But this is good! Fear can drive you to do things you might otherwise not, and actively avoiding ‘dullness’ is something I try to do, even on my limited budget!
I’ve been watching a show recently, ‘Walking the Himalayas’ and it kind of sums up what I’m talking about really. Experiencing new and scary moments and the same time as feeling energised and fulfilled. Ultimately that’s what we all want out of life isn’t it?