Solo Travel Learnings: Bravery and Honesty

I just came back from a 5-day solo trip in Beijing. I learned a lot about myself during this trip. Most remarkably, I learned the importance of bravery and honesty.

Traveling alone, I quickly realized how tough it is to make one’s own decisions. I had to determine if people were trustworthy, restaurants were clean, and areas were safe. Back home, these decisions are far less complex as I have access to varying perspectives from family, friends and mentors.

I began to use my senses and emotions to guide me in my decision making.

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Wherever You Go, There You Are

I’m writing this from Beijing. Just 2 days ago, I was climbing the Great Wall of China. And days before that, I was at the Forbidden City with thousands of other tourists marveling at the architecture. Though despite these precious experiences, I still found myself giving energy to made-up worries. Worries for work that hasn’t yet started, things I said and things I wanted to do.

The strange thing is that this stress felt like home. I was able to recognize myself through the stress. This led me to a fascinating thought — wherever you go, there you are. There are no shortcuts to finding inner peace. It requires hours upon hours of mental training.

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