Travel Talk: How To Get Lost (And Find Yourself Again)
February 14, 2017
*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots.
In this world with its constantly frenetic place, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed. Whether you’re stuck in a dead end job that you hate or you simply want to see the world outside of the town where you’ve always lived, if you want to make a change to your life then chances are, you’re thinking about traveling. A lot of the time, people use traveling as a way to discover who they really are away from their families and their usual environments.
Here are some ways you could do that…
If you don’t have all that much time and money to get away and find yourself, there’s no better way to do it than camping. Drive to your nearest campground or safe open space, and pitch a tent there so that you can sleep right next to the stars in a place of quietness and natural beauty.
Make sure that you have all the correct gear – if you’re only going for one night then you won’t have to worry too much about taking all the right food and things with you, but if you’re going for longer and you’re wondering what’s the best survival kit then it’s a good idea to do some online research before you make any big purchases regarding tents or equipment.
Even if you aren’t religious, a pilgrimage can help you find some spirituality and solemnity within yourself simply by giving you the time and space required to think. Have you heard of Cheryl Strayed’s autobiography Wild? She did a 1,100 mile hike along the Pacific Coast after she lost her mother and got divorced and while she was recovering from drug addiction.
Although a long walk or pilgrimage can often be physically uncomfortable, this can be worth it in the end as you feel yourself becoming more and more mentally healthy and really becoming one with nature and with your surroundings. Check out the Camino de Santiago – although this is ostensibly a religious pilgrimage, it’s really more of a spiritual journey that people undertake that’s much more about their own selves than St James.
If you’ve budgeted carefully then you could absolutely take a break out from your ‘real life’ to go backpacking for a while – you could interrail around Europe or take Greyhound buses around the US to explore a different way of living. Just remember that you won’t need to take as many clothes with you as you think you will!
If you want to go backpacking then it’s important to make sure that you have a cushion of spare money to catch you if anything goes wrong and that you make sure you rely on your instincts as much as you can. If something about a situation feels weird to you, don’t force yourself to be okay with it – get out of there as quickly and politely as you can. Your own safety is the most important thing in the world.
More importantly, make sure you appreciate everything and take all the opportunities that you can. You might just find yourself in a brand new place.