Here is something that I rarely talk about; my first time abroad.
If you have been reading and following along on my adventures, you would know that Thailand holds a very special part in my heart. Why? Well it is the first country that I ever visited without any company of my family–it was where my first adventure happened. I was just an 18-year old girl who has never flown out of the country alone, but I felt like I had the power to do it. It was my first time abroad.
I have to tell you that it was not all magic and adventure and luxury. Nope. I was literally alone for about, the first couple of days that I was in the country. I was so hopeless, homesick and just desperate to just call my mother to ask her to collect me in Thailand. But on one sheer stroke of destiny, I met my very first friends. They were four chaps from Scotland, and they have been nothing but very helpful and patient with me. I will never forget that night. Meeting them at the hostel that I intended to check into was no accident. I felt like that Lord had sent me guardian angels to help me in my first journey. I was very happy to have found some company. It was like a dream come true!
There were a lot of things that I learned from my first time abroad. I learned tons and tons of travel hacks. It was right then and there that I learned about my gift of speaking with people who are not from my own country, let alone speaks my own language–or English, for that matter. In that trip, I learned that, in every place you go to, you will leave a piece of you behind that you can never get back. It was in those moments that I found independence.
You see, there are a lot of people who look at travellers and digital nomads like we have the ‘perfect life’ or the ‘dream life’. In a way, we sort of do, but it is not all pretty. I cannot speak for a lot of people, but for me, I spend a lot of time working in front of my laptop than exploring the world. Because you have to work to get money and sponsors and what-not. But the thing is, this is my dream. This is my life, and I would not trade it for anything else–ever.
On my first trip, I have met people who have impacted my life in a huge way. My world has been turned upside down because before I embarked on this journey, I never thought that I could actually make a career for myself by travelling. Little did I know, I would get bitten by the ‘travel bug’. But you know what? I am not complaining. On this first trip of mine, my eyes were opened to the actual reality of this world. The countries that your family tells you that are dangerous? They are not so dangerous at all. It is all just a matter of perspective. You just have to challenge yourself to see the world in a cleaner, more peaceful and more united perspective. Being open minded is the key to everything. You have to be open to try new things every single time. Because if not, you might as well just stay at home.
When the summer of my first trip ended, I was never the same. Returning home to finish my university degree had been such a pain in the ass for me, because I just wanted to go out there and travel the world. But, of course, I needed to sort out my priority. If I were to drop out of university to travel, where would that have taken me? Besides, I was literally on the very last year of my studies and after two terms, little did I know, I was off to yet another adventure! So, I feel like we should never rush anything in our lives. Let us think about the moments that keep us going, and the reasons why we are doing what we are doing. Of course, always trust in God, because He knows that best and He knows what He is doing.
It is true that in every place we go to, we leave a piece of ourselves that we can never get back. When that happens, you will know that you will never be the same again.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Colossians 3:2 NIV