The Best Travel Lesson I Learned In 2016

And then I realized adventures are the best way to learn.

2016.  How do you feel about him / her?  Yes, I am personifying the year.  In fact, I am almost certain that if you asked a random person how you felt about the year, a negative response would be uttered.  Some of my good friends have even called it "a whole ho outchea", which I can understand, however, I don't have too many foul feelings towards this year.  Let's be clear though.  I'm not by any means saying that 2016 and I are best friends.  Believe me, I have had quite the rollercoaster of a year as well, but I still learned some lessons.  I also had some epic highs for any low I might have gone through.  That's just the way the world goes.  

I have gotten into journaling again, thanks to my beautiful Hustle Manifesto notebook from Myleik Teele (please check her out if you are not familiar with her greatness).  With that said, I have reflected deeply about what 2016 taught me in different avenues of my life.  When I thought about lessons I learned in regards to travel, I instantly knew what my big takeaway was from the year.  It is a fairly simply concept, but I plan on making this my mantra for 2017. 

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I dreamed about the most epic Summer 2016 vacation in Europe for two years but I continuously psyched myself out of taking the trip.  One, I am not the biggest plan of flying for extended durations.  After 3 hours, I get extremely antsy.  Secondly, I didn't even have my passport in Summer 2014 and the thought of being away from Lover (the ex) that long paralyzed me.  Lastly, I was worried about the costs and who would be able to join me.  I can remember another time when I was adamant about not spending Valentine's Day in Dallas and wanted to get away but I was single AF and had no serious prospective candidates so I ended up going with one of my female coworkers and we had a wonderful time as two single ladies. Hilarious in hindsight, huh? 

Each time I take a trip, particularly my solo adventures, I feel like a certified lioness.  My confidence level raises a little bit, I learn more about myself, and I realize that I am trippin' with my silly thoughts of "what if" and I end up having the time of my life. I still judge myself by letting my random moments of fear stop me from going after my goals.  Y'all.  I almost didn't go to Europe.  In fact, at my mini goodbye party I had a brief 10 minute crying stunt (whoops).  I almost missed out on meeting some of the most amazing people and pushing myself harder than I had ever done in my 27 years of living.  

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The common factor? Stop being a sucker and going after the vision.  I firmly believe that Big Homie is leading my steps and 17 countries later, he has not steered me wrong.  I can only hope that as the New Year continues to approach, I can apply this mantra to my true personal life.  I'm much more free spirited when I'm somewhere new because I am more open to being vulnerable and novice.  I have been alluding that 2017 will be a year of transition for me, and so if I have to literally write "Just go for it" in my planner every day (which I definitely would do), then so be it.  Life is entirely too short and we are losing people close to us every day.  

Whether you are holding yourself back from taking a trip, switching careers, shooting your shot in the DM's to your crush, just go for it.  Delayed is not always denial and a "no" probably won't kill you, but can help redirect you.   Think of going for it as a mini adventure every time you place yourself out of your comfort zone, abroad or not.  Just know that I am cheering you on. 

What lessons have you learned from your travels this year? I am pretty satisfied with what I have gained from my various trips this summer and plan to apply the lessons learned in 2017! Share your thoughts with me on www.thirty30courtney.com

What lessons have you learned from your travels this year? I am pretty satisfied with what I have gained from my various trips this summer and plan to apply the lessons learned in 2017! Share your thoughts with me on www.thirty30courtney.com

What lessons have you learned from 2016?  I'd love to hear about them.

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