For each of us, there's a unique revelation that every first-time traveler experiences when they cast off the bowlines and decide that they need to see the world. We know what inspires your travels, but what about that feeling you have when you return? Many people liken that to a 'vacation afterglow,' some experience reverse culture shock upon their returns home, but most likely, every single one of them have change and discovered something about themselves.
Here's a list of 5 ways that you may discover things about yourself that you never knew when traveling!
Discovering Your Adventurous Palate
Perhaps you’re a fan of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” or Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods” and you’re thinking that you have to be one brave cookie to be able to enjoy the cuisines abroad. Even on our blog, we’ve showcased some pretty interesting eats, but that doesn’t mean you have to gather up your courage to eat any of them. Exploring different cuisines and getting outside your comfort zone may conjure up some culinary surprises that you never knew you liked – and that you’ll most likely crave once you’re back home and deprived. So no need to dive into eating chicken’s feet – but be sure to try some delicacies along the way.
Discovering Your Travel Style
There’s a moment in time where you decide that you like to travel on your own or that you enjoy traveling with a group of friends. As a first-timer, it may seem daunting to just take off on your own, but once you’ve hit the road, you learn whether or not you prefer the open road flying solo, or if you enjoy companionship enough to travel. You’ll learn very quickly how to travel with a companion, whether or not you’re “early to bed, early to rise” or if you’re a night owl in search of the nightlife and frenetic energy of a city. Whatever the case may be, you’ll have travel to thank for that tidbit of insight!
Discovering Your Packing Style
After your first time packing for a long-haul trip, you’ll learn the do’s and don’ts of how to pack. Many people prefer packing cells, organizing everything in a suitcase for easy accessibility. Others pack in a camping style, with their frameless backpacks and only the essentials. Maybe you’re the type of person who throws everything you might need in a bag, and then take half of it out before your adventure begins. If you’re a souvenir shopper, you’ll discover that the next time you travel, you need a little more extra space in that suitcase. You live, you learn, and the next time is infinitely easier.
Discovering How Your View of the World Changes
There’s nothing like stepping off an international flight and getting hit smack dab in the face with all the sights, smells, and sounds of a new place. You’ll stand in awe in front of historical buildings that you’ve probably only seen in history books or magazines. You’ll gain a better understanding of how different cultures live their lives through observation, through mingling with the locals, and come home with a better appreciation of what the world is like because you’ve actually been there.
Discovering Your Travel Personality
After getting a good dose of everything there is to offer, you may discover which type of trip and what type of personality you exude when you travel. Perhaps you’re a beach bum who will only travel to destinations that are near a major body of water. Perhaps you’ll become a culture vulture obsessed with seeing all 1,001 things you’re supposed to see before you die. And maybe you’ll discover that you’re a lifelong wanderer who wants to go someplace new every year, regardless of whether it is an African safari or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Travel opens up a world of possibilities, and it’s only fitting that your opportunity is out there somewhere. So what’s stopping you?