Find Yourself By Traveling Solo


I hate that look people give you. You know the one I’m talking about, the look they give you after you just explained what you want to do when in your future.

You didn’t say “I want to work my way up the professional ladder and find a life partner,” so I guess you didn’t answer correctly.

Instead, if you’re me, you said “I want to travel. I seriously just want to go everywhere that I can.” Then the person will probably say something along the lines of…”Didn’t you just travel somewhere last year? Was that not enough?”

No, it wasn’t.

Then they might say something along the lines of, “Aren’t you scared?” and even though I’m pretty brave and heed advice from my family to always carry the best safety equipment with you, sometimes, yes, the world can be intimidating.

But it’s far more scary at home.

Sometimes people say, “Why would you ever want to leave America?”

I am well aware of how wonderful America is. Do you know what made me realize how wonderful America is? Leaving America. That’s right, I learned the most about my home by leaving it. For the first time in my life I was able to look at America through different eyes.

I feel extremely privileged to have grown up in the United States of America. I have so many opportunities that many other people my age were never given or will never be able to have. But I also realized something else, there’s a WHOLE WORLD out there. There are countless cultures and ways of thinking that I have yet to experience.

I am 22 years old and just graduated college and I have absolutely no idea what I want to do with my life.

However, I DO know that traveling across the world to Australia and opening my eyes and mind to a myriad of cultures different than my own was the best thing I have ever done in my life.

I want that experience again and again and again, as many times as I can and at the end of the day that’s really all that matters.

People won’t always agree with your decisions, you may not always make the right decision…but each decision you make is a learning process. You learn from it whether it was the right decision or the wrong decision. Each decision you make helps you grow as a person.

If you’re feeling nervous about traveling, check out this list of great safety gear and put your trust in PureSafety.

And the sooner you start making decisions for yourself, and not for everyone else, you’ll be much happier.

It’s easy to lose yourself in this world but it’s the journey to finding yourself that makes life worth living.

Go find yourself. 

*This is a post done in association with PureSafety.*

About Author

ELLO. My name is Lara Parker. I'm a 22 year old recent college graduate with a serious case of wanderlust. I lived in Australia and Greece and will be moving to London in 2014 for grad school. I'm part Lebanese and I'm terrified of wasting my life. You can find my personal blog at ... come along with me on my adventures because not all those who wander are lost

1 Comment

  1. I think people expect you to be a certain why because there’s an unwritten rule that you’re supposed to follow, and if you try to do something else then something is wrong with you.

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