12 Travel Blogger Insights On Self-Discovery Through Travel

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For many people, travel is an escape from everyday life. It’s something that most only get to do maybe once or twice a year, or for many more people, even less often than that. So it’s through travel stories, pictures and videos, all of which are at our digital finger tips in an instant, that help feed that hunger to be somewhere else, to travel to new places. There are so many new places out there in the world that people want to go and visit. For example, some people love the idea of going to Manhattan, if this is a place that you would like to go to then you might want to check out these Times Square hotels.

So travel bloggers are key to this, they help fire our imaginations, to help kindle our dreams to travel, to inspire us all to follow our dream to travel more often. For travel bloggers, travel is their everyday life, there is nothing that they want to escape from!

Generally, travel bloggers are referred to as “lucky”. They are so lucky to be able to travel the world, they are so lucky to live the life they live, they are so lucky to live their dream job. The reality is though, there is no luck to it. Most set off with not much more in their own back pockets but a dream, a dream to see the world, to experience new cultures and diversity, to find adventure or let adventure find them. A high paying career in travel is not what they set off into the sunset each day for.

Travel is much more than the outward stories they tell, stories which give you a chance to experience these destinations through the lens of their own eyes. That visual and written representation of what they discover on their travels is just half the story. One of the most intriguing stories about their journeys actually takes place inside themselves, their journey of self-discovery through their travels.

That’s what we really wanted to find out from them. We didn’t want their top tips for this place or that place, but rather, for them to open up and share what it is that they have discovered about themselves or about travel itself so that we can share that with you to possibly inspire you to look at your own travel or holidays in a different light.

We compiled this list of 12 core or common insights from them, however for their full quotes please read on further where you will also be able to discover their own stories through links to their blogs and social.

12 Travel Blogger Insights About Self-Discovery Through Travel

  1. There are three core traits you learn from travel – Tolerance, Appreciation & Patience. This one rang true across so many of their responses.
  2. Travel is not escapism, it’s life education. It grows your gratitude for life itself.
  3. Every day travel forces you to step out of your comfort zones
  4. Travel opens your eyes to discover that diversity transcends into similarities across the world
  5. Travel opens our eyes, sprit and heart. It’s an opportunity to see the world through new eyes, expand your views, realising how small your problems are in reality.
  6. Travel makes you feel like a citizen of the world, differences dissolve when you immerse yourself and discover the heart of their being.
  7. Sailing is for boats, not your life. Don’t just sail through life and just exist, but rather go live it. Embrace the excitement of the unknown that traveling teaches you.
  8. You never return home the same person you were after travelling. When we get home, home is still the same but on each return home there is something new in our mind that has changed each time, it gets rewired every time.
  9. Travel teaches self confidence and to stare down your fears, it gives you the confidence to simply smile at strangers. We forget that a friendly smile offers so much.
  10. A lot of people, especially the closest ones, will not understand why you do it, but that’s ok, this is your journey, not theirs.
  11. Travel teaches you to fall in love with yourself again. We are so busy trying to get people to love/like us, sometimes we forget to be attractive to ourselves. Travel helps to find that inner glow of happiness, to be at one with who you are.
  12. Travel teaches you that it’s never too late to start something new, we mean anything new!

And the BONUS one:

  • Shhhh, you don’t actually need to be rich to travel the world, just creative, determined and be prepared to travel with an open heart not just an open wallet!

NOTE: If any other travel bloggers would like to take part with some answers please feel free to email ambassadors@travelloapp.com

Picture Credit - DanFlyingSolo

Picture Credit – DanFlyingSolo

The following are the actual comments from our travel bloggers that participated in this question. Feel free to check out all of their social profiles and follow their on going travel stories!

Indefinite Travel

Megan Seamans & Andrew Johnston | INDEFINITE TRAVEL | https://www.indefinitetravel.com

“Writing a travel blog for us is so much more than just showing off where we have been. It’s about inspiring others to go out and see this beautiful world we live in and find themselves on the way. For us, traveling is more than just checking items off our bucket list. Travel is more than just seeing new places and having pretty photos to post on Instagram. Travel is about seeing the world through new eyes, it’s about expanding our views to so much more than we ever knew they could be. It’s about figuring out how small our problems are in this world. Traveling opens our eyes, spirit and heart all at once and shatters any troubles we needed to leave behind.” – Megan & Andrew

The Copenhagen Traveler

Regitse Cecillie Rosenvinge | The Copenhagen Traveler | www.thecopenhagentraveler.com

“My biggest motivation is freedom. With that being said, there’s definitely another side to it: inner growth. You can practice yoga and meditation, which I already do, but traveling – either solo or with a bunch of people – makes you reflect on life and gives you the strength to look deep inside of yourself. I got to know myself so much better after traveling alone, and even though I love traveling with someone else too, I still somehow prefer to venture out on my own. It’s a satisfying yet sometimes scary feeling and I love it!” – Regitse Cecillie Rosenvinge

Jen Morilla

Jennifer Morilla | The Social Girl Traveler | www.TheSocialGirlTraveler.com

“I love inspiring people. Whether it’s a travel or just step out of your comfort zone. It’s definitely the most rewarding part about what I do. Traveling allows for growth. Whether it’s growing intellectually or personally. There is no price point for an experience like this. Traveling full-time has changed my life in multiple ways. With everything comes a struggle but the reward will always surpass.

If you’re looking for a moment where you need to reflect on your life; on your beliefs. Traveling will allow you to learn more than you could have ever imagined. It will be (it is) your greatest experience.” – Jennifer Morilla

Dan Flying Solo

Dan James | DAN FLYING SOLO | https://www.danflyingsolo.com

“For many, travel is about escapism, for some experiences, but for me it is Education. Being lucky to visit so many incredible places around the world and interact with cultures, religions and places that many can only try to understand from the news is something I will never take for granted. When you can stand in a spot where genocide took place and speak to a survivor, or travel to Palestine, somewhere which is often hard to understand from the outside, and have various stereotypes crushed or simply understand what life truly is like can not be rivalled by any book or documentary. The more I travel, the more I get to and want to learn. Travelling has literally changed my life, my outlook, and my gratitude and I just wish everyone could have the opportunity to experience that.” – Dan James

The Middle Age Wanderer

Lisa Bundesen | The Middle Age Wanderer | www.themiddleagewanderer.com

“Being in my middle age and having spent many years building a career with a very single focus, I realised that there was more to life. I had also struggled with my weight most of my adult life. So I needed to do something drastic to change my life. I booked my husband and myself on a trip to Peru to hike the Inca Trail. It meant I had 9 months to lose weight and get fit. That journey changed my life. Over the three days hiking the Inca Trail, I knew I could not give up. Those three days was an amazing self-discovery for me. It allowed me to realise that I could do things I never thought I could, both physically and mentally. Now I am fitter and healthier than ever and much of our travel now includes much more active activities including hiking in New Zealand and Tasmania. For those of us in our middle age, we can’t let our life go by without exploring and learning and travel allows us to do that.” -Lisa Bundesen

Luxury Backpacking

Emma & Yannick | Luxurybackpacking | http://luxurybackpacking.net

“Just after school, we decided not to be part of “the rat race”, but to go abroad instead. Since 2014 when we left school, we have travelled to over 30 countries ranging from the remote Lord Howe Island, off the coast of Australia to hiring a mustang in the desert of Nevada.

We think travelling abroad and getting in touch with other cultures is the most important thing to do, in order to achieve a mindset and personality of tolerance, appreciation and patience. That’s because if you never see anything apart from the place you’re born in, you’ll take everything for granted that there is.

One of our favourite travel quotes we believe is so relevant in todays society is: ‘You don’t have to be rich to travel well.’ Once you’ve gone abroad, you’ll stop complaining about things. You’ll start appreciating the positive things about your life instead of whining about small things that are actually no cause of trouble.” – Emma & Yannick

Alice Pye

Alice Pye | alicepye.com

“I absolutely thrive off telling people about my adventures of travelling, it’s what brings me alive and I think because of that, I get people asking me questions about my experiences and that then motivates me to see more and tell more. It’s really humbling to have people say to you, “Keep travelling, I live through you!” – but with that I want to encourage those people to do it too. You can learn a lot by staying at home, but you can learn SO much more by stepping into unknown land. Your senses are heightened in every way and it’s true when they say you’ll never come home the same person.” – Alice Pye

Geeky Explorer

Bruno Barroso | Geeky Explorer

Being outside of my comfort zone is a golden opportunity to get face-to-face with my inner fears, concerns and needs and learn to manage them everyday. And I can’t think of a most suitable situation where this happens other than when we’re on the road. If you think about it, traveling is constantly challenging you! Sometimes this is enlightening as I get to discover new skills and new inner motivations. Other times it can be hard and even stressful, but that’s where growth comes from.

Personally, traveling helped me a lot with my shyness. Before, I would classify myself as introvert – simply beginning a conversation with random strangers was a big deal for me. But every time I am on the road, I have to do it. To ask for directions, to haggle a tour price or simply when I want extra butter during the breakfast. At the beginning it was not easy, but with time I started to lose whatever fears I had. Today I don’t think I’m an introvert anymore and I can find joy in chatting with random people abroad, smiling back to strangers and sharing different points of view on life. It makes the whole travel experience more complete and yes I’m pretty sure most of it has to do with all the time I was traveling!” – Bruno Barrosso

Two Sundowners

Jamie and Lukas | www.twosundowners.com

“The most important discovery is that life is flexible and we are all extremely influenced by societal standards. After traveling for a while now I realized more and more that every human has a choice to be free and live life in their own way: I do not HAVE to marry before I’m 30, I do not HAVE to have to work my ass off for an “important” company that doesn’t give two craps about me, just so I have a pension when I’m old. I do not HAVE to spend my life tied to a desk with the only actual free days being the weekends. I do not HAVE to wait until I’m old to have some freedom and I do NOT owe society anything. My advice to travellers is exactly this: Chill out. Breathe. Respect others and be tolerant. It’s actually as simple as that.” – Jamie and Lukas

Traveleira

Brenda G. Mejía | www.Traveleira.com

“The biggest joy of being a Travel Blogger is actually finding myself every time I can do the two things that I love the most: traveling and writing. Becoming a travel blogger was something incidental and fortunately, I made it part of who I am and of how I live. Maybe it hasn’t been the easiest path, maybe a lot of people, especially the closest ones, still don’t understand but every day I’m a lot more grateful of all the things travel blogging have give me so far” – Brenda Mejía

Vogue and Vagabonds

Fatima Dhaif | www.voguenvagabonds.com

Why do I love traveling so much? Our lives can be spent in the same places, day in and day out, and we become numb to our surroundings. But when we walk down unfamiliar streets, our consciousness is heightened. It’s the exotic location, new smells, sounds and sights that stimulate me. It’s the curiosity that keeps me inspired and alive.

Another aspect that I really enjoy about traveling is meeting new people and learning about their country and culture. I enjoy interacting with the locals and making friends around the world. When we get home, home is still the same but something in our mind has changed.” – Fatima Dhaif

Travel For Your Life

Chantell Glenville | www.TravelForYourLife.com I

Author of the best-selling book Travel for Your Life which shows people how to get over the obstacles that too frequently stop them from traveling and what the benefits of traveling will be.

“I love that I’m able to help save other people time in planning their routes by writing about the places I’ve travelled and provide support for those who might be worried about taking their first trip. The more people who travel the better as far as I’m concerned. It’s one of the most beneficial life experiences you can have.” – Chantell Glenville

Little Foot Adventures

Amalia Silva | Little Foot Adventures | www.littlefootadventures.com

“The thing I love the most since becoming a travel blogger is that I have received much more information about insiders from the country I am about to travel to and I have discovered amazing places because of that. I discover that I actually need less to travel than when I started, these days I like to travel light and even while I am way I learn to make myself simple, sometimes just flip flops and a dress is enough, which was something that I would not have imagined before.” – Amalia Silva

The Path She Took

Cora | The Path She Took | http://www.thepathshetook.com/

My favourite part about being a blogger is, by FAR, when I receive a message or a comment of someone telling how they agree with me or how I’ve made them realized something, or moved them, or taught them something important … my blog is about green travel, so it’s pretty opinionated and it makes that kind of message even more sincere and beautiful! ” – Cora

Kicking Asana

Ava Pendl | www.KickingAsana.com

“Every day that you travel is a day outside of your comfort zone and a day for you to look at the world from a new perspective. Sure, you could be spending a day hanging out at your hostel writing or taking a nap on the beach, but you’re constantly learning about the world and yourself when you step outside of your norm and learn someone else’s. Being able to write about these experiences clarifies everything and helps you understand your journey. This notion fuels me to continue onward on a path of adventure through bad situations, great memories, and further into getting to know myself and the world better.” – Ava Pendl

Claire's Itchy Feet

Claire Summers | www.clairesitchyfeet.com

“Travel for me is always a learning experience. It’s not about judgment of other cultures but acceptance and understanding. Wherever I am and whatever I’m doing learning is always at the heart of it. So far in Guatemala, I’ve learnt to weave in the traditional Mayan way, cook local food, attempt to learn Spanish (still on-going) and from every person I have met and spoken to they have left an imprint of some kind from the conversations we have had and the time we shared. That is the gift of travel for me, meeting new people, having new experiences and letting each person and experience change you just a little bit.” – Claire Summers

Miss Filatelista

Lola Méndez | Miss Filatelista

Solo travel can lead to the strongest sense of self-love. You have to take care of yourself and prioritize your needs when you’re on the road, especially when you’re interacting with and trusting complete strangers. The advice I get most often from psychics and random people on the road is not to trust anyone. But I take that advice with a grain of salt, as I trust myself and my ability to stay clear from dangerous encounters and persons. I’ve been amazed at my ability to be nimble in tense situations, throw back hesitations in embarrassing moments and really live deeply through the experiences I have been fortunate enough to have through traveling. I think any traveller would tell you they fall a little bit in love with themselves after overcoming an unusually rough day, or achieving something from their travel ‘bucket list.” – Lola Méndez

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Steph Dyson | WorldlyAdventurer.com

I started travel blogging at the end of five long years of teaching in a UK secondary school. It hardly needs pointing out that the difference between the two was stark: going from days that were regulated down to the minute (thanks to the shrill ring of the lesson bell) and where I was surrounded by people every second of the working day, to the luxury of being able to choose my hours – and my location – upon a whim. Moving from stability to eternal precarious living took some getting used to, but the more time I’ve spent exploring and writing about South America, the more I’ve fallen in love with a profession that on the surface is as easy as picking up your laptop and writing.

I’ve also learned how it’s never too late to start something new, whether it’s a language or a whole new career. I think that regardless of whether anyone wants to become a travel blogger or wants purely to see the world, it’s a way of discovering what things you’re passionate about, having the time to reflect on your way of living and maybe even take some huge, life-changing decisions.” – Steph Dyson

Magnificent Escape

“I have discovered that it is ok to be more open and letting people in. I was very insecure when I was younger and making that step to see the world made me more open/social. I also realized I can do way more and am stronger then I have ever thought. The ‘world’ also doesn’t end when something doesn’t goes as planned and that there is always a solution. The advice I give travelers is that the world is a beautiful place and that you have to discover it sooner then later. You will make friends for a lifetime and learn more about yourself and the world around you as long as you have an open mind and positive attitude.” – Marlies

Ana Asanovic

Ana Asanovic | www.utiscisaputovanja.com

My self-discovery through travel changed me in a way that it encouraged me to take huge life steps. I moved from Serbia to Australia, alone, not knowing anybody in Melbourne.

Travel made me see how other people live and made me question my life choices. Made me realize how change is good and how people can adapt to living in other cultures and countries, and that being born in one country does not mean we need to spend our entire lives there. Traveling has made me feel like a citizen of the world, and that is something I have always felt, but with travel it has just confirmed to be true.” – Ana Asanovic

Amber Zulfiqar

Amber Zulfiqar | www.ambyzee.wordpress.com

“You see how the word ‘Ravel’ comes in travel? As a travel blogger, I believe it’s one of the fastest, most long lasting ways to untangle your inner knots and open them to new perspectives, unravel the hidden persona that lives within you but you might not have been aware of it earlier. Travelling changes you from where you had been to where you’re now.

Solo travel is something everyone must experience at least once in a lifetime, it helps you understand yourself better, reflect upon your thoughts, both those that have gone by and those you yet plan to execute. It sets in great confidence, strengthens your power to make decisions and teaches you to cope when needed. Be around people you don’t know, who don’t speak your language, learn a few words from them and teach them some of yours, leave a part of you behind and bring back some of theirs. It’s okay if you’ve lost an item there, think like you’ve left a story of your life there which will remain there and go places and no one will know where it came from.

All of this teaches you to accept the strange, calm down because nothing is permanent, encounter the unexpected and be content with little, because you can’t carry too much at once anyway.” – Amber Zulfiqar

Ticketer Eats The World

“Personally, travelling has been the best form of introspection there ever could be; being in foreign lands, meeting and understanding people from different cultures, exploring the diversities that transcend into similarities, and experiencing adventures that are unique to certain regions – makes me realise that although the world has become so small it is still packed with so much beauty that many a lifetimes are needed to appreciate it in its entirety.” – Raghav Modi

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