Be bold, take that leap and travel. What’s stopping you?
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a real blast. My name is Jess and I live to travel the world for as long as I possibly can. This will be my sixth year living in Europe and I honestly feel like time has just gone in the blink of an eye. When I first moved overseas I was fresh out of high school, straight from the classroom, onto the plane and into the unknown. It was the best decision I ever made.
From the moment I stepped off the plane and into what felt like a whole new world to me, I felt like I was never going to make it out alive. All I had to do was make it from the airport, onto a bus and catch it three stops to the town I was supposed to be living in. Well, I managed to miss the bus and when I finally caught the next one I fell asleep on it, only to wake up an hour and what seemed like 100 stops later. I was ready to accept the fact that I should have just jumped back on a plane and head straight back home. But I didn’t, I made it to where I was supposed to be and started what later became a life changing experience.
I am a more independent person, with the way I like to live my life, travel, socialise or do anything basically. So that meant putting myself out of my comfort zone and travelling solo, forcing myself to meet people to gain the experiences and adventures that would lie ahead. I put myself outside of this comfort zone almost every single day, travel makes you do that, it gets you to push your limits.
In the last six years there have been moments where I have doubted myself, I felt that if anyone else was in the same position maybe they would handle it better. Those moments would only last split seconds because it’s these moments that make you. They make you stronger, more capable and fill you will more knowledge and these incredible life skills that you only gain from experiencing it.
I have felt scared and vulnerable at times, maybe perhaps when I felt as though I was moments away from being abducted. Or when I saw the lives of 20 of my friends hang in the balance, or was suffering from extreme exhaustion and became so delirious it was hard to function. Each and every one of these incidents became momentous to me even if I didn’t realise it at the time, or in some cases I didn’t even realise it till well afterwards.
But I am proud to be the traveller I am, I will happily live my life closer to the edge than others ever thought I could. I do it because I can, we as women and men in the world need to take chances in our life. Go out and meet new people, challenge yourself, try new foods, swim in oceans all around the world. Do it because you are capable of doing so, no matter what anyone thinks, don’t let anyone doubt your potential. The options are limitless and you can strive to prove people wrong. I hope I see you all soon, I’ll be in Europe for the next six months.