26 Scary Things I've Done In My First Month Of Travelling
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I believe that we’re happiest in our life when we’re growing and making progress.
As nice as it is to be surrounded by people, places and things that feel safe and familiar, if we don’t force ourselves to regularly step outside our comfort zone, we soon become bored, lazy and stuck in a rut.
Henry Ford once said that:
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
When we’re brave enough to face our fears, we tend to find that our world starts to expand exponentially:
We achieve more.
We earn more.
We laugh more.
We love more.
Life becomes increasingly full of abundance and success in all areas as we develop a deeper belief that anything really is possible.
Coming travelling for 6 months-plus with my boyfriend was, unexpectedly, one of the scariest decisions I’ve made in a long time.
It required me to confront some of my most intimate fears, look them directly in the eye and find a way to hold strong and steadfast within myself, rather than turn and run a mile in the opposite direction (which I wanted to do on many occasions the month before we left).
I hope that by sharing some of these fears I’ve faced recently, you too are inspired and encouraged to confront your own – however big or small.
You (like I) deserve the many benefits that’ll organically occur as a result.
26 SCARY THINGS I’VE DONE IN MY 1ST MONTH OF TRAVELLING:
Actually book to go travelling
For 6 months-plus
With my boyfriend (I used to be a commitment-phobe)
Spend most of my savings on the trip (before I’d even left)
Get about a thousand (largely unnecessary) injections
Pack for the whole 6 months using only one rucksack and a medium-sized suitcase
Do a poo (many times) in an Eastern-hole-in-floor toilet
Done a wee in the aforementioned toilet without pissing all over myself (a first)
Accidentally walk through an Indian slum in Old Delhi (every smell, sight & sound imaginable)
Do a headstand unsupported
Walk through Indian streets in Rishikesh during Diwali as fireworks are let off by teenagers a few feet away from us
Ride on the back of a motorbike on hectic Indian roads with my boyfriend
Drive over a narrow, super-busy, monkey-riddled suspension bridge over the Ganges on a motorbike
Swim in a freezing waterfall in the hills of Northern India
Get on a plane with terrible Delhi-Belly (not the one)
Accept that the dodgy wifi in Nepal means I’ll get very little work done for the weeks we’re there – and being ok with that
Sleep in a freezing, spider-riddled tin hut while working on a charity project to help rebuild a school that was destroyed in the 2015 Nepalese earthquake
Don’t shower for 5 days while there
Spend a day working on a building site moving rocks
Sing Oasis songs to and teach small Nepalese (non-English-speaking) children about Shakespeare (most kids see me as the child-catcher, but not these ones)
Get a tattoo (be it a teeny one)
Fly into Phaplu airport in the Himalayas (where Sir Edmund Hillary’s wife & daughter died when their plane crashed during landing) on a tiny plane
Trek through the Himalayan mountains towards Everest and don’t stop even when it’s agony (& I have horrific PMT & a big fight with my dad & boyfriend & feel really lonely)
Walk on slippy-cliff edges after a hailstorm
Walk across terrifying, high, wobbly suspension bridges with massive yaks
Fly out of the world’s most dangerous airport (Lukla) unsedated
I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU:
What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done, that you didn’t think you’d be able to do?
How did it make you feel having achieved that thing?
I genuinely can’t wait to read these, so please please do share with me in the comments!