How To Find Yourself When You Travel

Who are you? It might seem like a simple question at first, but when you dig deeper, you’ll find a lot more to it, and it’s harder to answer than you might have thought.

Some people spend a lifetime trying to figure out who they are. Others just seem to know instinctively. If you want to know more about yourself, what can you do? One option is to travel – there are many reasons this can help you get to know yourself better. Read on to find out what some of them are.

You’ll Be Challenged and You’ll Learn

Traveling tests you in ways that nothing else can. It will change things for you and present you with significant challenges that you must face. As simple as they appear, these difficulties can help you gain more mental resilience, allowing you to deal with larger issues in life more effectively.

Traveling allows you to gain life truths that no school can teach you. From economics to history, geography, politics, and more, traveling can teach you new things more hands-only than anything else. Even a simple online search for things to do in Portland can open up new avenues for you.

You Can Disconnect From Your Past

There are so many things about how we were raised that get in the way of our thoughts, feelings, and how we make decisions. They help make us who we are, so we don’t want to cut off all ties to them. However, traveling helps you break free from how they limit you.

Traveling helps you figure out what parts of your culture you love and can’t live without. It also helps you figure out which ones could hurt you or other people and which aren’t things you want to keep. You’ll become a better person and be able to move forward in life. 

You’ll Live More Minimally

You don’t realize how much your possessions weigh you down until you get rid of them. Your physical possessions are connected to so much of your mental and emotional energy, your resources, and your physical self. 

Almost everything we own has some value or story behind it. When we get rid of our things, it can feel like we’re getting rid of parts of ourselves, so it’s no wonder you want to hold on tight. Yet it can often be for the best. It is tough to get used to living out of a suitcase, but once you do, you will like living a minimalist life more, even when you stop traveling.

Living with just the essentials teaches you to be resourceful, lets you decide how you want to spend your time and money, and gives you room to put your time and money into ideas or things that are more important. 

You Can Pursue Your Passions

When else can you do what you want to do without any obligations or responsibilities (to some extent, at least) than when you are traveling? In normal life, there will usually be a timetable and rules to stick to – you have to work, for example, and take care of other people.

On vacation, things are different. You’ll have the chance to try new things and pursue passions, whether you’ve always wanted to do something or just realized such a thing existed. Even if you don’t continue to do these things when you get home, you’ll have learned a lot about what you can do, which will help you move forward.




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Philosopher, writer, bad-pun maker and enjoyer of novelty. I enjoy bikes, video games, and beer all at the same time. When it comes to reading, I can and do.

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