Traveling alone to a new destination is like arriving to a party stag…
You knock on the door. This act takes the most effort and commitment and energy. To your chagrin, the door opens.
You purchase your plane ticket, click the button and feel that rush of excitement, apprehension and pride for choosing to go for it. You show up.
You are certain they are all staring at you. You want to leave. To call mom. But for some reason you stay. You realize you’ll never meet these people for the first time ever again.
You will never see this place for the first time ever again. You know there is potential and opportunity awaiting you. You know there is more to learn and discover and apprehend. You start walking.
You pour a drink. You meet others pouring drinks. You find the snacks. You meet others masticating empathetically.
You walk to the nearest cafe, wishing that giant appendage on your back wasn’t bright yellow with the words “North Face” splayed across it zippers. You sit and try your hand at the few coin phrases you learned on the plane.
They laugh at you. With you.
You pretend with all of your might that you’re “in”, despite your own expertise in knowing you’re all playing the same game. You start to acclimate. The portal you entered through seems to change slowly, like a polaroid appearing more clearly. You begin to see anew and remember first impressions only happen once and that is all and everything they are. The initial angst you felt already seems like a foreign land.
When you finally kiss the host adieu, when you click that button again, you realize you’d rather not leave. You’d rather stay. To learn. To engage. To change and shift and see it all for the first time. But you can’t. Your time has arrived.
You take a picture. You press the shutter. You hold on to what you can, and know, intrinsically, that all of it will not last forever. But you can be sure your life has changed. You are a better version of you.
So do it. Go for it. You will grow and learn and make mistakes. And if you want support and suggestions and encouragement, we’re here for you. Heck, we can even plan your adventure for you and connect you with some of the most wonderful people and places in the world.
You have our permission. Now go!