How Do You Leave Your Own Self Behind When Traveling?

As I mentioned in the homepage of this website, there’s a big difference between tourist and traveller.

A Tourist and a Traveller

But you have to understand that there is more going on here than meets the eye. It’s not just a simple matter of geographic transport or going from point A to point B. Traveling is internal, touring isn’t. When you’re a tourist, you’re on a tour bus, basically all external because it’s the tour company taking you from point to point and then allowing you to basically handle things on a schedule. That’s a tourist experience. There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s the kind of experience you’re looking for but if you are looking for something defered that involves your soul, then you should go traveling.

Sure, externally, you’re going from one part of the world to another spot on the planet but there’s a lot more going there. There’s more than meet the eye because, you are committing to see this new place that you’ve never been to from a different perspective than the way you normally process information.

Travelling is a reboot for your soul. You are allowing yourself to take advantage of an opportunity to look at the world with a fresh set of eyes. Each fresh set of eyes then collect information which then are internalized that may give you a fresh heart. Believe it or not, if you’re struggling or frustrated in any way with your daily waking life, travel might be the answer because it reminds you that things don’t have to be what you think they are. You don’t have to look at the world in a certain way because your reality is a choice. It really boils down to your mindset, your attitude, expectations and assumptions. What if you change all of those? What if you experience something that shook all those things to their core? That’s what a real travel brings to the table. Leave your old self behind and be surprised as to how dynamic, fresh, vibrant your new self could be.

It is too easy to get caught up in a routine. Your mind starts to slow down. You only focus on what is in front of you. I’m not just talking about physical things. This slowdown also applies to concepts, issues, memories, images, and other things you perceive with your mind. Slowly but surely, your world starts getting smaller and smaller. Previously, you were quick on your feet and can handle anything that came out of left field. Not anymore. Instead, you become so focused on what is familiar and routine that the faintest challenge is enough to throw you off. Don’t be surprised if you start thinking that everything that does not fit the script is some sort of emergency or crisis. Welcome to the club. Most people think this way. This is the power of familiarity and routine in action. This happens even to the very best of us. Be mindful of this. Beware of it. You are not immune to it. Travel is the antidote.