It’s Not Just Being Abroad That Changes You, it’s What You Face

You don’t find yourself, you challenge yourself

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I’m going to find myself

I’ve always disliked this phrase for several reasons.

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How do I deal with this one then eh?

When you travel, you’re continually forced into situations in which you would either not normally encounter or that you would not normally deem a ‘situation’ if you were at home.

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Constant learning

When you travel abroad, you have to work out how to do even the most basic things all over again.

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Solution based living

The wider variety of problems you solve increases your ability to solve future issues. It stands to reason that the more experience you have problem-solving — from directions to fixing broken things — the better you will be at doing it again, even if it’s a totally different problem.

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The clarity of home

So when you return home from travels, you haven’t found yourself. You’re not a different person. But you have found that you’re capable of much more than you might previously have known.

Travel and Outdoor Writer | Journalist | Author of In Bed with the Atlantic (Fernhurst, 2018) | New book pub’d by Quarto coming 2021 | kitiarapascoe.com

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