A brave traveler sets out even when nervous…or scared. Because rewards await!
We all spend most of our days in our comfort zones. We follow the same routines, go to the same places, eat the same foods, wear the same clothes. We live on “cruise control.”
What happens when you become a brave traveler
Travel shakes things up. And that can be a very good thing. There are real benefits to doing new things, even if we’re afraid:
- We overcome our fear of the unknown. It’s easy to stay home and stew in the “what if” juices: What if…I get lost? break a leg? catch a strange disease?…” A brave traveler goes anyway, knowing that most situations won’t occur–and are fixable if they do.
- We learn more about ourselves. Guess what? No one changes during complacent times. But when we do new things, we gain courage and the realization that we’re capable of solving problems. We understand what holds us back, and what to do about it.
- We become more creative. Once we’re kicked out of our comfort zone, we start to see new possibilities. How fun to get lost and find our way out; to talk to strangers; to try new foods; to learn about a different culture. We approach life in novel ways.
- We re-map our brains. When we respond to new situations and learn new ideas, our brains create new connections between neurons. Called neuroplasticity, we can change and develop our brains when we explore and perform new tasks.
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