Reaching New Limits: Why You Should Dare To Travel More Frequently

by Jacqueline Solivan
Jacqueline Solivan

Truth or dare?

If you chose truth, let me ask you, are you living life to the fullest? Do you feel fulfilled?

If you were badass and chose dare, I dare you to step out of your comfort zone and live life to the fullest; go someplace you've never been and do something you've never done.

I just got back from the most amazing trip of my life, with two weeks spent in Thailand (and a pit stop in London).

Every time I come back from a trip, it inspires me to travel more and explore, but there was something extra special about this trip.

Perhaps, it was because I was the furthest away from home I've ever been, just about as far as I could go (literally, the other side of the world).

Maybe it was because it took 36 hours to get there; maybe it was because it was so foreign and I didn't know the language, culture, cuisine, etc.

If I was a betting woman, I would say all of the above played a huge role in why this trip was so memorable. There is something so liberating about not only traveling in a place unknown, but also "making it."

I left Thailand with a big heart, mind and soul.

I've said it once and I will say it a million more times: There is no better form of education than experience.

I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to world news, or so I thought, but it turns out, having been to six countries in the past three years has made me quite wise.

I learned firsthand about Greece's economy, the relationship between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, witnessed the newly-appointed Pope hold mass and that the royal family is just a symbolic monarch.

Obviously, if I picked up a newspaper, these are things I would have heard of, but instead, I lived through them. The words on the paper came to life, so it actually made sense to me.

As a result of experiencing the above for myself, I was able to engage in intellectual conversation with a group of people from around the world whom I met on a boat ride in Thailand.

I have to admit, it was one of my proudest moments: to be able to hold my own in a conversation involving world affairs with a group of professionals from around the world while in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand.

So many people asked how I did it and my response was, “I just did it." I requested the time off of work, spent my paychecks on airfare, not drinks, and spent my nights planning, not partying.

In simple terms, my priority was this trip.

If you are in a position to just pick up and leave for an extended amount of time, do it! Travel the world, educate yourself, create memories that will last a lifetime and set your eyes on places you thought only existed on Pinterest.

What are you going to do about money? You can easily get a job teaching English in damn near every country.

Afraid to go by yourself? There are several traveling tour groups.

If you are not in a position to leave for an extended amount of time, make the most of the time you do have and travel some place you have never been; it doesn’t even have to be another country.

There really is no excuse as to why you can’t, so don’t get in your own way. Like I said, it’s simple: Just do it.

Life is too short and the world is too big to be comfortable and not explore. You would be doing yourself a disservice by not putting yourself out there and seeing at least some of the great wonders of this big, beautiful world of ours.

I promise you, the parties, people and things will all still be there when you get back.

Now go out there and LIVE!