- You’ll realize that we all share similar needs
“To me, travel is more valuable than any stupid piece of bling money can buy.” – Raquel Cepeda
Tony Robbins has said many times that no matter what your background is, all human beings share 6 common needs. As you travel more, you notice the truth of this even more, and as that happens, you are more proficient in being able to relate to people regardless of their background.
- You’ll realize that it’s extremely easy to make friends
“Life is meant for good friends and great adventures.”
One of the first and best things I learned from solo traveling is how easy it is to make friends. Traveling solo does not always mean you are alone, you meet marvelous people along the way and also connection that last a lifetime. Something magical happens in how people can show up more raw and real when they’re out of their conditioned environment and open to express themselves without feeling judged. That rawness and realness ends up inspiring others to be authentic, and that’s how you can become best friends with people when you’ve only known them for a few hours.
- You’ll experience the interconnectedness of humanity
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts. It even breaks your heart. But that’s ok. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leave marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
Just as we notice how we share similar needs, how our perspective of our home expands, and how we become close friends with others from different backgrounds and cultures, we begin to realize how we are all connected. This state of awareness is a jump in consciousness, and what I mean by that is in the way we perceive the world, the life experience and ourselves. Ken Wilber speaks about consciousness as spiral dynamics, each level of consciousness inclusive of the one previous. I feel that traveling often helps people experience a world-centric view of consciousness, and some even on that’s integrated, able to see, understand and accept all states of consciousness, and utilizing the gifts of whatever is best and most appropriate in the moment.
- You’ll experience serendipity and synchronicity
“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I will be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin
So here is a short story of my experience of synchronicity and serendipity. It is a story of Spain. It was early in the morning and it was time for me to return the motorcycle my friend had rented with me yesterday. She left very early in the morning on a flight home so it was my responsibility to return it. I woke up to a beautiful sunny morning in Spain and went out to the street to start the motorcycle. I started to drive, forgetting that the chain was left on the wheel. Having no previous experience with motorcycles, I realized I was in a mess. Two minutes later, a car drove and parked behind me. I had a feeling that someone in that vehicle knew how to fix motorcycles and was going to help me remove the chain so I could return the motorcycle. As they got out, I spoke to them in Spanish, telling them what happened. One of them motioned the other to go on. He mentioned they were mechanics and here for a job, and that he could help me get the chain off, and he did. I thanked him and he seemed gratified to help a fellow soul on their way. In that moment, I realized that no matter what, the world is here to support me, which leads us to the last benefit of traveling.
- You’ll realize life is a wonderful gift
“After twenty years from now, you will regret and will be more disappointed for the thing that you did not do compared to the things that you already did. So get out of your bowlines and sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds crossing through your sails. Dream. Discover. Explore.”
We all have got a wonderful gift that is ‘Life’. As we travel and experience more of the life and the world, we often become overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude for all the pleasing moments that we enjoyed and the people with whom we have shared. So this is the time to realize that we are in now in that condition where we can take actions and experience from now when we are still alive with strength and vitality instead of loading up regrets by the time we are on our death bed. Live in such a way where u can say “I am glad I did” rather than saying “I wish I had”.