Ever notice when you travel you act a little different? You don’t care so much about how you look and you don’t pay attention to the news or gossip magazines. You’re not trying to impress anyone, you can choose who you want to be around and the friendships with people you have just met are sometimes stronger than the ones you have with people you’ve known for years. You are just being yourself. And you’ve never been happier.
Normally I wear makeup every day because I’m always either at work or out and about in public. However, during my recent trip to South East Asia I didn’t wear any makeup the whole 5 weeks I was there. Not even tinted moisturiser. I didn’t care what I looked like I was seeing the things I wanted to see with the people I wanted to be with and having the time of my life. As a bonus, my skin cleared up while I was travelling and looked the healthiest I had seen it in a while.
It’s the same with meeting new people. I have met some amazing people and some not so amazing people but it is completely my choice who I socialize with. It just may be that the reason why so many people love to travel is because of these authentic connections with like-minded people. It is fulfilling to meet someone and instantly click with them and a few years down the line you’re still in contact.
There’s a sense of freedom that comes with travel whether its overseas to an exotic destination or a few hours drive from home. You don’t have to deal with stress that comes from work or study. No forced smiles and tongue biting to the people you just can’t stand to be around. Everything you do is up to you, you’re temporarily unburdened by the demands of home. You’re a little different when you travel. But that’s a positive thing.