Traveling: a Strange Sense of Empowerment

Whether you are taking-off permanently or temporarily, the moment you are left alone in an airport or in the car you will sense a strange feeling of empowerment. You might realize that from this moment onward, you might actually have only yourself to rely on and trust. This strength earned from traveling is generated from some encounters and feelings that traveling forces on the traveler.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

 

First, wherever you are headed to and wherever you are leaving, you are always leaving something behind. If you are not leaving family, friends, loved ones, furry friends, then you are probably leaving memories. Memories create an everlasting bond that you wish you would go back to. You always hear travelers saying “I have to come here again!” but, how likely is this to happen. For that reason, the ability to move on while leaving things behind provides the traveler with a lot of strength.

Additionally, when you are in a new place, you are forced to make relationships and meet new faces and personalities. You will also be forced (to an extent) to deal with the local norms and at least listen to the locals’ issues and struggles that are completely different from yours. Eventually, you as a traveler, will become more accepting of anything different from what you know and what you are used to. Unlike people who were sheltered and spent their lives dealing with only the same kind of mentalities, you will be exposed to new ideologies and your process of thinking will automatically expand and nourish over time.

Finally, traveling taught me not to take things for granted! When am traveling I realize that I am not and will not be in this same place with these people forever. Hence, I learned to optimize time in the best way possible to take advantage and immerse in the place and with the people before heading back to where I came from!

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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have that same feeling of empowerment from traveling or do you have a different perspective?! 🙂

 

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11 thoughts on “Traveling: a Strange Sense of Empowerment

  1. I love to travel with my kids to teach them about the world. I think that’s more empowering than simply reading it from a book. Each place we go, I feel like it changes us in special ways. 🙂 thanks for sharing.

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  2. But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned Nashwa. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses. 🙂

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    1. Wow…I love how you’ve explained it very well by comparing the traveller’s experience to a five years old child!
      Those interesting guesses take our minds to new folds! Thanks a lot for sharing your great views Neal

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