Because of travel, I’m now able to be open about my sexuality

This article was created for The Travel Project by Jake Edwards, a 19 year old from Perth who wants nothing else but to travel as much of this beautiful and crazy world that we live in.

My footprints like to wander off to different places, but sometimes it’s not that easy. Sometimes you’re filled with anxiety about what sexuality you are - which leaves you scrolling through instagram pictures of your friends travels, wondering where your life is going...

At 19, I’ve visited over 15 countries (and counting). When you travel, you meet some of the most like-minded, inspirational and beautiful people that can tell you so many stories that forever change your life. A few weeks ago I embarked on my second European adventure, not quite knowing what to expect. The first trip that I would travel and be open about my sexuality which was actually quite a bit harder then I thought – as it was the first time actually being so open about being gay. It was the best decision I’ve made within myself, but it did bring lot of stress and anxiety.

I would continuously ask myself questions like "Is everyone at home going to find out that I'm not straight? Is everyone going to hate me? Am I going to be accepted?"

But then I thought: my sexuality shouldn’t matter whatsoever with anything that I do. It doesn’t concern anyone else, I am still the same person. Back home I’m not out to everyone (I’m slowly getting there) and it is something that I struggle with on a day to day basis. But on this trip around Europe, I’ve never felt so loved by the people that I met along the way. I was so happy about myself, where I could fit in and be who I am. No one cares about your sexuality, your religion, your race, your culture. They care about you, and how fun you are.

Boy on motorbike in front of view

Being such a minority group does get tough, especially being in a different environment where you don’t know many people. But if you talk to people and do tours including Contiki (Highly Recommended) where you can meet people that are open-minded and care-free, this will allows you to be your complete self. Alternatively, use facebook, get those Instagram hashtags up of the places you are at and message people.


Travelling has made me realise that I need to be myself. Being unique is what makes travelling so much better – it would be so boring if we were all the same. You may not want to travel because of who you are, what background you are from, what religion or sexual orientation you have, and the terrible things that are happening around the world – but there is so much more good in this world than bad, believe me.

Boy looking onto the sea

You should never live your life in fear, because a life lived in fear is a life half lived. It is hard to be completely true to yourself (believe me, I know) but travel brings out the best in people – it’s the time where you can figure out who you are. It shows you your strengths and weaknesses, your patience, your confidence in yourself, and how good you are at directions. So do it: buy that plane ticket, discover yourself and go see the beautiful world we live in.

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