Before 2017 I had not left Ireland in 10 years. Yes, that means I hadn’t left Ireland since I went to Sweden with my grandparents at the age of seven or even got to explore Ireland. I was stuck in my teeny tiny town with nothing to do. I have always had a huge passion for travel. During my spare time, I would sit on my phone looking on google images or Pinterest looking at all the amazing, beautiful places the world has to offer. I knew I would get out to travel one day but never in a million years did I think that I would be travelling solo and the age of 17. So today I want to discuss how travel has changed my life in a number of ways.
Since I began travelling in 2017 each trip was on my own and this gave me so much independence being able to buy my own flights, book my accommodation, organise how I’m going to get to the airport, etc. Being able to travel and know that I have once I have money in my bank and my passport, a plan organised and I am ready to go! Since I began working and made some friends online I knew that I needed to travel. Travel has given me so much independence that I didn’t think was possible before I started to travel.
Travel has changed my life significantly. Before I began my travelling I was trapped in an abusive household and I believed I would never be able to leave the house let alone the country! Once my father finally signed my papers to give permission to get my passport I was ecstatic. I got my freedom and I was so ready to get out and explore.
If I never began travelling, I would have never been able to pack up my whole life and move halfway across the world and start my new life in New Zealand. I would never have been able to believe that I could travel on my own or leave my family and start a whole new life.
Travelling has given me the confidence to go out and explore, to do things on my own, ask people for help if I need it and so much more. I have always been a really shy and anxious person so being able to do those things on my own has been a huge change in my life. Don’t get me wrong I still get shy and anxious but I put a brave face on and do what needs to be done instead of running away.
Travel has changed my life in a huge way because if I had never travelled solo to the UK before, I would never have had the courage to travel to the UK. Just to meet my partner who was exploring the UK before coming to Ireland and go to my very first blog event. Although I was terrified I couldn’t believe that I got on the plane and made my way to our hotel by myself without running away.
Meeting new people
I’m not a great person for meeting new people or being comfortable around people for that matter. My comfort zone only has room for a few people like my family and my boyfriend, no one else. I have never been good around people and have always found it very hard to make friends. I know I know what you’re thinking “ but travelling you meet so many new people” and that’s very true. While travelling I have met so many new people and at first, I was almost dying with anxiety but each time I have met someone while travelling I have gotten better.
From each trip I have met many new people like:
- The German family on the London eye who I spent a while talking to
- The polish driver I had who took me from the airport to my hotel
- The lovely polish husband and wife who gave me the tour of Auschwitz
- And last but not least the English man who I met in Auckland airport who had been living in New Zealand for twelve years.
People are part of travelling and a lot of the time make the best memories. I know for sure I won’t forget these people.
Overcoming my anxiety
Anxiety will always be a part of my everyday life but thankfully I never have to worry about being anxious when I travel. Whenever I start a new adventure there is no anxiousness in my body at all and it’s just pure excitement bubbling within me.
Travel has changed my life by showing me it’s okay to go with the flow
I have always and I mean ALWAYS been a planning freak. Making plans has kept me calm and keeps as many unexpected things away from me as possible. But with my oh so lovely partner he loves to ruin my plans, unintentionally of course but it really makes me anxious but it has helped me. Travel almost always never goes to plan so it has been important for me to start learning how to go with the flow and that it’s okay if plans don’t go to plan. Being honest none of my plans have worked since moving to New Zealand. C’est la vie.
Making mistakes make funny memories
Getting lost, losing something, making mistakes are all part of the fun. This was another thing that made me so so anxious before I began travelling but after many mistakes, I have realised that they make really funny memories to look back on and to tell people when they ask how my trip went. So if you make a mistake laugh about it and move on.
Travelling can be so much fun and it definitely changed my life. Now that I am living in New Zealand I cannot wait to explore this gorgeous country with the one I love.