When you think of your comfort zone, what comes to mind? For me, it’s that familiar place I’ve become accustomed to. It’s that place I’m constantly aiming to abandon, the place where most things become so redundant, they start to seem mundane.
I’ve noticed that while my comfort zone refers to what I’m most used to, it’s easy for the “comfortable” part to seep into my travel plans. The idea of sticking to what I know is limiting and a clear sign that I’m too afraid to leave what I’m used to, so every now and then, I make it a point to challenge myself.
Last year, when I thought of traveling to Europe, I almost selected a place closer to home. Why? I wanted to stick to what I know. The thought of traveling overseas was, for a moment, overwhelming – until I realized that expanding my horizons would lead to growth, as it does in other parts of my life.
It is for this reason that instead of booking a trip to the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico (countries I’ve been to before), I opted for London. What I discovered is that I work well under pressure. I am not afraid to take the reigns, to plan a portion of my getaway, and wing the rest. Furthermore, I discovered that I can adapt to my surroundings, and I make friends easily. I am, after all, a people person. Still, these are major things I wouldn’t have discovered had I not taken the risk, abandoned my comfort zone, and planned the vacation of my dreams – instead of the one that seemed easiest to plan.
Where do you dream of traveling to? What’s stopping you – besides yourself? Share below or via Twitter @LatinTRENDS2010.