Travel Taught Me to Just Go With the Flow
When you travel, things are bound to go wrong... and that's totally okay!
At the end of last year I came to realise that I've become very good at just going with the flow. And it all came from my years of travelling.
Before I started travelling, I was a bit of a stress-head. I wasn't confident in myself, in my decisions and I was pretty much frightened of everything. But travel taught me to just go with the flow. To accept what's in front of me and to stress less when things don't go my way.
It all hit me one unexpected bus trip back to Zagreb from Plitvice National Park, where I found myself sitting on the bus floor, holding on for dear life.
Although I'd booked a seat, there wasn't one for me. So the bus driver handed over a flat, dusty pillow and pointed to the ground.
I laughed and just sat down. I didn't make a scene, I wasn't angry, I didn't really care. I was just happy they let me on.
That's the thing about travel. When you're in a foreign country where you can't speak the local language, living out of a suitcase sleeping in a room with 20 strangers and all to experience and attempt to understand a new culture – it puts everything into perspective.
You're in a foreign country, there's probably not much you can do about it.
There are worse things that could happen – consider yourself lucky.
Take a step back, see the humour in it, and have a chuckle.
It'll make a good story one day.
Fact: every single thing cannot go smoothly, there's bound to be a few bumps in the road.
Worst case, turn your phone off airplane mode and call mum. After all, 'future you' can deal with the call charges – or your travel insurance.
Do as Monty Python once sung to us (so ironically) and always look on the bright side of life.
Tell me, what has travel taught you?