“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
Leaving to Mexico for the first time at the age of 18, I had a lot of warnings from friends and family to be careful and to not leave the resort. Being 18, I didn’t know better. I listened to them and stayed at the resort for the whole week. Even though I had a great trip, the next few times I returned to Mexico, I left the resort and had an even better time!
I was listening to people that had never been to Mexico. They heard it on the news about all the bad things that were happening in Mexico but they had actually never been there.
The other time I had this experience was going to Vietnam. Having most of my family members being born in Vietnam, I thought this time they would know better because they lived there before!
Even when I visit my uncle in Hue, he warned me of other cities that I would be visiting. When visiting these cities, my friends and I didn’t experience the things they warned us about. We experience just the opposite.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not delusional and think everywhere in the world is safe. Always do your own research before visiting the place you intend too. When I went back to Mexico, I did my research and found that 95% of the people that goes to Mexico, always left the resort and return home safely. It was at the border of United States and Mexico that you should be more cautious.
My advice? Keep asking your friends and family what they think but still do your own research of the countries you plan to go too.
“To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” – Charles Horton Cooley
I wanted out of my career. Having worked there for the past 5 years, I started to resent it more and more each day. I had a solid plan for the next 5 to 10 years that included me to stay at this company but I kept looking for any opportunities to get out fast and threw my plans out the door.
However, being away from it all for one month while traveling around Vietnam, it made me rediscovered why I was on this path. Lately, I’ve been more opt to say no to great opportunities that serves no real purpose to my goal and to stick to my 5 year plan in life.
Go travel and you may discover what it is in life you really want. It may not come from the first travel you go but it’ll come to you. Maybe you’ll be like me and find a new passion for your current position or learn that it was time to move on. You may just need to get away from it all for the time being.