Around the time that I turned 30 years old I realized that something was missing in my life. I had an amazing job, a good place to live, good friends and hobbies that I enjoyed – but it was never enough. In 2014 I took a trip to Sri Lanka that changed everything for me, and pushed me to travel as much as possible moving forward.
Travel has taught me many things. It’s taught me to pause and appreciate simplicity. It’s taught me to be patient, sometimes incredibly patient. I’ve learned to be happy by myself, not looking to others to fulfil my needs. I’m a more empathetic and compassionate person than before. I’ve become more resourceful and resilient. I’ve learned to face my fears, to say “yes”, and to embrace being vulnerable with others. Most importantly, it’s shown me that I was spending my time and energy pursuing someone else’s definition of success instead of finding my own.