10 Ways Travel Will Change Your Life

I have always wanted to travel. There is literally not a single place in the world I would say no to visiting at least once. I wanted to travel so badly that I even went to school for it. I knew I would never be able to afford to travel the world like I wanted, but that didn't mean traveling was impossible.

So I got creative. I scoured the internet for jobs all over the place, and took the first job offer I got. It turned out to be a job in Lake Louise, Alberta. 

Four years later, and I have returned to wreak some havoc on this little town and have some amazing adventures before moving on to the next. In the last four years, my world has been completely turned upside down. When you travel, that tends to happen.

Here's why.

  • You will never see your hometown the same way again. You will appreciate it as the place you call home, but you will realize how extremely small it is.
  • Who knew you were a photographer? The hard drive on your computer will quickly become overwhelmed with the amount of photos you take. I couldn't imagine deleting a single one, and I'm telling you, I have THOUSANDS.
  • You will lose contact with people. Slowly but surely the group of people you talk to on a daily basis will shift, and that's okay. 
  • You will have emotional bouts of hysteria and moments of weakness where all you will want to do is fly home and hug your mom. Especially for extended travel/working holidays. This sucks, and I have yet to come up with a solution for it. FaceTime helps. A lot.
  • Rain will not hamper your plans anymore. When you travel, rain or shine, you are GOING to see that lake, climb that mountain, or see that monument. You ain't made of sugar, baby. (Olivia, all I can think about is "WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE POLAR BEARS! Hahahaha!)

  • You will realize how much stuff you own that you don't need. Because you'll realize all you really need is a backpack, some clothes, your camera, and a plane ticket. (And deodorant, that's important, too.)
  • You will never be shy again. I have found that traveling and working in the hospitality industry, I have vanquished all my fears of social interactions. I used to beg my mom to call the doctors office for me because I was too scared to do it myself. Now you can never get me to shut up.
  • Taking risks will become second nature. It's scary, it doesn't always pan out, and sometimes you end up in trouble. But it's better than not having tried at all.
  • Remember when you were a kid, and you thought you were weird because everyone else wanted to grow up and get married and have babies and live in the same town they grew up in? You aren't weird. You will find your tribe, and it feels awesome.
  • You will no longer have limits. You will realize you are capable of anything you set your mind to.

I wouldn't trade any of my experiences for all the money in the world. For me, traveling is a priority and it sets my soul on fire. I love exploring new places and finding hidden gems in the least likely of places. Do you have a wandering soul, too?

How has travel changed your life?