Why do people love travelling so much?
It was not until I took my very first trip overseas with friends earlier this year, I understood why.
Sometimes we just need a moment to escape the stress and pressures from our everyday life routines.
I have to admit, I am an extreme stress head as I like to be organised in every way possible and plan my life and future ahead of time but ofcourse, everything will not simply go the way I have planned it. That is just life and I will need to accept that, slowly but surely – I am learning to accept myself a bit more every day.
During the end of 2015 and early 2016, I was under many work pressures (let’s be honest, I hated my job at the time) and needed to take some time off to get away from Australia, away from Sydney, away from my standard 9-5 job, away from everything.
I had a few friends who also were in similar situations and thought, hey – lets all go on a trip to South Korea together!
I am sorry, what? Are you being serious now? You have got to be kidding me.
I was terrified and as much as I hated the situation I was stuck in at the time, I could not imagine being away from home, away from my family, friends and boyfriend.
I have only been to Vietnam a handful of times but that is with my family so I do not really count those as “going away”.
I was financially ready but I was definitely not mentally ready. After sleeping on the idea of flying to a foreign country which I had no idea how to speak the language, I thought you know what, alright I am in!
Best. decision. ever.
On top of learning about a new culture, breathing new air, eating foreign food, meeting new people and experiencing a whole new country – I felt so refreshed.
For some reason, I felt like some weight was lifted off my shoulders. My head felt a little lighter, in a good way ofcourse.
It was like a little journey to my very own self-discovery.
You could almost say that my visit to Seoul, really touched my soul ha!
Just want to jot down a quick list on my random memories during my stay in Seoul:
💕 I went on a roller coaster for the first time in my whole entire life for goodness sake!
💕 Selfie sticks are the norm here so it is not awkward at all to whip one out to take photos
💕 Elderly man selling gum for approx $1-2 on the subway to make a living (and majority of passengers do not even acknowledge him) – seeing this really broke my heart
💕 Elderly men and women (they looked approx. 70s) are still working hard as ever to support their families despite their age – I have so much respect and really applaud them for what they do
💕 I never knew I could blow $150 within 5 minutes in one store on 3 beauty related items
💕 Dog and cat cafes everywhere! 🐶🐱
💕 There are so many 24/7 cafes, fast food outlets and restaurants in Seoul – if this were to happen in Australia, my life would be so complete
💕 The recycling process here is so crazy – at the McDonald’s I went to, there is a bin for waste (left over food scraps), a bin for the ice (from your drink), a bin for the plastic (plastic lid and straw of your drink), a bin for paper (the bag and your cup), and a genral waste bin (I assume for anything that does not meet any of the above bins). Now how insane is that?
I am sure most people have at least travelled with their friends, partner, colleagues or alone to a foreign country before but if you have yet to and have the financials ready, definitely give it a try!
You will feel so enlightened, more knowledgable and you will come back as a whole new person.
So which countries have you been to?