5 takeaways of long term travels

Laurence Bolduc-Hénen —

After travelling through 12 countries and 4 continents within 16 months, our nomad ambassador, @laulbh, just got back home from her trip around the world. We asked her to share with us, what are her 5 biggest takeaways from that trip of a lifetime.

 

Travelling has always been a part of me and flying away with no exact destination and no return date was probably the best that happened to me.  Even though it wasn't my first trip, it was, by far, the trip of a lifetime.

Here's a bit of what it taught me...


One month in...

Life is made of ups and down. 

They are part of us. No matter where we are and what we are doing, there will be moments or days where we simply do not feel a 100% fulfilled or happy. I use to think that travelling full time would make me the happiest girl on a 24/7 basis. Looks like I was wrong and it felt so good to realize that the downs you feel don't necessary come from your day to day routine, but simply from your mind.


Three months in...

Turn your nostalgia into gratitude.

I use to be very nostalgic when coming back from previous trips. Sure thing, it happens to the best of us. Especially when you come back in the dark and cold Canadian winter after soaking up the sun on a beach in Central America. After 3 months on the road, I realized that no matter how long I would travel, I would always miss the place I was the week before. That's when I understood that nostalgia doesn't come from getting back home into our routine but from our way of thinking. Now, it's time to turn that nostalgia reflex of yours into gratitude and thankfulness for the moments you lived abroad and the memories you made. Trust me, it'll ease every one of your returns from now on.


Six months in...

Take the time.

It's once you stop, step back and take a moment to absorb all the places you've been, the experiences you've lived and the people you've met that you will feel 100% fulfilled. We live in world where everything goes too fast. Do not rush and try to fit 30 destinations in 3 months (yes, that's precisely what I did at first). Slow travel is a refreshing and soothing way to explore the world. Instead of being exhausted after your trip, you feel refreshed. You have experienced places instead of visiting them.


Twelve months in...

Nothing is permanent.

And that is what create magic moments. Imagine if the sun would set for 12 hours every day, no one would marvel at the pink and orange colors of the sky anymore. To have a limited time somewhere is what makes it special and makes you appreciate every minute of it. Even though we would like some moments to last forever, it's because they are temporary that they become so precious.


Sixteen months in...

Do not forget YOU.

That is probably my biggest takeaway from this trip: it is so easy to forget ourselves in our daily life. Travelling is an amazing way to step out of our daily concerns and to redefine our desires and what kind of life we want to live. Allow yourself to be unsure, to change your mind, to have projects and to question things.

 Safe travels,

 Laurence xo

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