What I Learned About Myself While Traveling Abroad

1. I’m fully capable

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This may seem like an obvious sentiment, but for me, it was a revelation. This was my first trip abroad, and I traveled alone for the first 24 hours. It was inspirational, if even a little scary. But I only proved to myself what my heart screamed all along: I’m capable of whatever I put my mind to.

2. Traveling alone is fulfilling

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Though I only spent one day to myself, traveling and sightseeing alone in a foreign place was exhilarating. It was peaceful and brought me an inexplicable joy. If you have the chance to do it, take advantage.

3. I’m not a fan of Shakespeare like I thought I was

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As an avid fan of literature, I regrettably admit that Shakespeare just doesn’t do it for me. The last time I was interested in Shakespeare, Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio were onscreen. The Shakespeare Globe Theater (seen above) was blandly interesting, but not enough to keep us on on the tour. Sorry, not sorry!

4. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but also provides clarity


Any qualms or sentiments I’d buried all came to the forefront of my mind while I was gone. During the relaxing, but long bus rides, I had plenty time to think. And think. And consider. And analyze. I settled a lot of internal arguments with myself, and made peace with lingering emotions. It was cathartic in so many ways.

5. I am me, unconditionally, wherever I go

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Traveling opened not only my mind, but my heart. It brought the vastness of possibility back into my life. It reminded me how blessed I am, and inspired me to move forward with purpose. That being said, I’m “me” wherever I go. Same free spirit, same sarcasm, same humor, same flaws and same shine. London or New York or San Francisco. I can’t escape me, and I love that.

6. One real friend is all you need

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My friend history has many ups and downs. I take friendship seriously, so I’ve let a lot of relationships go that just weren’t working anymore. That being said, I’d quickly trade 10 friends for the 1 amazing one I do have. When I say we had a blast, that’s an understatement!

7. God is everywhere

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Whether you believe in God, or some other form of creator, you cannot deny natural beauty. My trip to Stonehenge took my breath away. No words can capture that presence of greatness, but it was a blessing to bear witness to such a magnificent creation.

6 thoughts on “What I Learned About Myself While Traveling Abroad

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  3. Really great, insightful lessons. I’ve been following your travel journey around a bit on IG but it’s great to hear how thought-provoking your travel experience was beneath the surface. You’ve given me more courage to be okay if traveling alone. I’ve always thought I needed someone by me experiencing what I’m experiencing but maybe traveling alone won’t be so bad (especially for just part of it)

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