A Homebody’s Guide to Travel – 5 Tips

A Homebody's Guide to Travel - 5 Tips

Being a homebody myself, traveling was always a very uncomfortable experience. It can be especially uncomfortable when traveling to a foreign country with a different language and currency. However after visiting and living in 10 different countries, I have experienced the amazing benefits that travel has to offer. I have compiled 5 tips that have helped me in my travels as a sort of “homebody’s guide to travel”.

5 Tips for a Homebody’s Guide to Travel

It wasn’t until I started forcing myself to travel that I realized all of the benefits leaving home had to offer. You truly grow and develop the most when you venture into uncharted territory, when you journey into the unknown. True growth and maturity begins the moment you step out of your comfort zone.

However this can be a difficult and sometimes painful process. Throughout my travels, I have had to adapt to new and often uncomfortable situations. Situations where I am alone and vulnerable, traversing through a completely new and foreign environment. One where I don’t know the culture or language, eliciting feelings of isolation and loneliness.

But despite these feelings, in each of my travels I overcame my fears, doubts and uncertainties. And through this process I learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of. The following are 5 tips which have helped me in my travels and can hopefully help you as well!

1) Be Patient

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The first and probably most important tip for a “homebody’s guide to travel” is to be patient. Traveling always involves a lot of waiting. Whether you are waiting for the next bus, train, or plane ride, your patience will be tested.

If you are living abroad for an extended time, patience is especially important. While living abroad, many times I have been in a rush to meet new people, make new friends, and get adjusted right away. However it is unrealistic to think you will get acclimated to a completely new environment right away. It takes time to fit into a new place with a new culture. Have patience and know that in time you will adjust!

2) Embrace the discomfort, it helps you grow

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The second tip for a “homebody’s guide to travel” is to embrace the discomfort. I think the main reason homebodies like to stay at home is because of comfort. It is so easy to stay in the comfort of your own home, with all of the amenities at your fingertips. At home, you never have to worry about getting lost, finding a place to stay, or any other uncertainty that goes along with traveling.

But travel is filled with discomfort. You are in a completely new environment within a foreign culture. You have to navigate your way around a foreign city with no context of where anything is. And depending where you are, there may be a language barrier. Yes it is uncomfortable, but you will survive; you will get through it. Putting yourself in difficult situations is how you grow and improve!

Never sacrifice your personal growth and development for comfort. Embrace the discomfort, and know that it is necessary for your growth as a person!

3) Things will go wrong, do not be discouraged

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“Homebody’s guide to travel” tip number three: be prepared for things to go wrong. One thing I have learned from travel is that nothing ever goes as planned. You will experience delays, reroutes, and changes in plans, but you must “go with the flow”. I think one of the problems people (especially homebodies) have with travel is that they expect everything to go perfectly. But this is just not a realistic expectation when it comes to travel. No matter how much planning and preparation you do, something is bound to go wrong.

This is why it’s so important to be flexible and adapt to your current situation. If you go into a trip with the strict mindset of everything needing to go as planned, you won’t be able to adapt when things change. I always keep in mind a great quote from the late Bruce Lee when dealing with unexpected changes during travel:

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

4) You will crave the comfortable, the familiar

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Number four on the “homebody’s guide to travel” is to understand that you will miss the familiar. If you are traveling abroad, especially for an extended stay, it is inevitable that you are going to wish it was more like home. You might find yourself yearning for a familiar song, TV show, food, etc. There might be times where you want nothing more than to see a face you recognize, or hear your native language.

But when these thoughts come, just remember why you are on this trip in the first place. You are traveling to experience and be immersed in a new and unfamiliar culture. This is the very purpose of travel – to experience something new. Never lose sight of the goal of your trip, and why you are traveling.

5) Always be grateful for the experience

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The fifth “homebody’s guide to travel” tip is to always be grateful no matter what. There are times during travel, especially long term trips, where you can become jaded with the experience. You might begin to miss the comforts of home, taking your trip for granted. Sometimes it is easy not to fully appreciated how lucky you are to be seeing a new part of the world. You have an opportunity to see a place that many people won’t.

But always remember and keep in mind that you are embarking on a once in a lifetime experience. You may never have this travel opportunity ever again, so appreciate every single moment and experience. Traveling and going to new places is one of the greatest treasures of life!

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