The internet is littered with these nauseating blog posts and buzz feeds that talk about how ‘life-changing’ travelling is and how backpackers will never settle in normal-life again. I agree that travelling is a great time, but we need to have some perspective please.
You had a gap year, and rode an elephant in Thailand – calm down, the world hasn’t changed that much.
However, with this in mind, I have created a short list of lessons I’ve personally learnt from living abroad the last couple of years. I hope some of these relate to anyone that feels as lost and clueless as I am. If after reading these you are concerned about my mental well-being, please refer me to your local theapist.
But most importantly, if any of these points are similar to those patronising, egotistical articles I mentioned earlier, you have my full permission to whack me hard wherever you desire.
- The world’s really not that big. Nothing or no one is more than a flight away.
- It’s ok to be selfish (at times.) You don’t owe anyone anything.
- Prove to people you aren’t the stereotype you’re suppose to be. Equally, don’t be afraid to ‘play the part’.
- If it isn’t exciting or nerve-wracking, it’s not right.
- You know how misleading your Instagram is compared to your reality, so stop looking at others in envy. It’s all fake.
- Gut feelings are nearly always right. Listen to them.
- Your morales and standards shouldn’t be compromised for anyone or anything. Let them match you.
- Be the person to make the effort with friends at home. They’re important.
- Be grateful for where you’re at and try not to think about the next thing. Be present.
- You are genuinely capable of anything. Genuinely. Give it a go.
Right, now you can form an orderly que to punch me.