Expand Your World with Travel

Today’s guest post is from Dragos Roua.

Rene Ehrhardt on flickr.comEver traveled long distance? Like 1 or 2 days away from your home, and for at least one week? I know I didn’t, until recently. I never was the traveling type. I always thought the world is equally understandable from my desk, by visiting the Internet.

Well, it isn’t. The world can’t be enjoyed from your computer as much as you could do it out there, in the wild. In the last 9 months I traveled more than 50.000 km and visited countries from Europe, Asia and Oceania. Right now I live in Romania, by the way, and that would be somewhere in the Eastern Europe.

Long Distance Syndrome

I tremendously enjoyed those trips, but only after 1 or 2 days. During the first hours I did have something that I call “long distance syndrome”. It was a little bit of fear, a little bit of boredom, a little bit of uncertainty and a little bit of regret. I was on a plane going from Europe to Asia, with more than 10 hours of flying ahead and kept saying to myself: “what am I doing here?”, “why did I ever left my comfortable desk and embarked on this trip?”, “what’s in this long trip for me, anyway?”.

But as the plane started to gain altitude, my feeling of inadequacy started to fade. I started to observe the people on the plane, to look at the travel maps, I started to focus on what was ahead. What was behind started to die. And 10 hours later, by the time the plane was about to land, in Bangkok, Auckland or Tokyo, I was a completely different person.

And from the moment I set foot on the new land, I had the best times of my life. I enjoyed the beauty of Waiheke Island in New Zealand, cruised the Chao Phraya river in Thailand, spent quality time on Odayba Island in Tokyo, and many, many more. During all these trips my internal clock was changed, time was almost stopped and I was more aware than ever. I almost hadn’t had any sleep during those trips.

Every time I got back from one of these trips I also had a good feeling, but in a different way. Everything that looked familiar and comfortable before leaving, now looked just… small. It was like I was seeing everything from a distance. I was crawling on a small room while the outside world was so big and had so much to offer. My comfort zone was in fact just a small box, and I was so stupid hanging on there.

But that didn’t stopped the “long distance syndrome” to happen again, on the next trip. Only this time I knew it will last just a few hours. The best was yet to come.

Long Distance Goals

Going for long distance goals is like going on long distance trips. It’s boring and uncomfortable in the beginning, but these are just cocoon pressures. It’s the same things I experienced on my plane in the first few hours. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone. And getting out of the comfort zone is, yes, you’re right, uncomfortable. It’s called “out” of the comfort zone for a reason.

But once you get out of this comfort zone, something beautiful is going to happen. This pressuring cocoon will explode and let something great emerge from inside. A new you, a better you, a fantastic you. It’s so great that you’ll remain baffled wondering where this new you was all the time. It was on the comfort zone, of course, and hadn’t any intention to get out. It was under the pressuring cocoon, feeling frustration and boredom.

Breaking up your cocoon is difficult. The butterfly doesn’t break its cocoon easily. It takes a fantastic effort to go from a caterpillar to a butterfly. It takes persistence and vision. It takes time and patience. It takes power and discipline. But most of all, it takes confidence.

If you look at a caterpillar you can’t really say it’s going to blend into a butterfly. It’s just a strange insect crawling and spending the day in a limited area. You can’t really guess it will fly soon so far from its tree and visit so many new places. But deep down the caterpillar knows it’s more than that. It’s there, in its genetic program and it’s going to do whatever it takes to grow.

Your genetic program is a program of greatness. You aren’t here to crawl from a boring day at a job to another boring day at a job like a caterpillar from a tree branch to another tree branch. You’re here to fly, to experience new places, to offer beauty and happiness.

You’re here to travel long distance. And to enjoy every second of it.

About Dragos

For the last 10 years Dragos Roua has been an entrepreneur in the online publishing business. In 2008 he sold the business to follow his intuition and now focuses exclusively on personal development as a business. Using everything he learned from being a successful entrepreneur, manager, programmer and business man he now helps others become successful too.

You can visit Dragos’ blog at http://www.dragosroua.com

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5 thoughts on “Expand Your World with Travel

  1. I thought it was only me that spends the first couple of days of any trip wishing I was back home. And that’s after almost three decades going places under my own steam.

    Brilliant to know it’s a common experience; but even better to know that next time it happens I can focus on the broader lesson behind it. That change always takes a little getting used to, but if I stick with it, the benefits always put that temporary discomfort into perspective.

    Thanks for a thought-provoking piece.

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  3. Great post! I’m leaving the country for the first time next month and I’m so excited to get a taste of what the rest of the world is like. 🙂 This was the perfect post for me to read with my trip coming up.
    .-= Positively Present´s last blog ..the positive power of music =-.

  4. So agree with the perspective regarding long distance travel. It is always exciting, but definitely an evolution of emotions. I particularly like the caterpillar analogy – really makes it come to life. Thanks for this post Dragos!
    .-= Laura – The Journal of Cultural Conversation´s last blog ..One Thousand Voices =-.

  5. Alex Fayle says:

    I love the first few days of a trip. For me, it’s after two weeks of being away that I start to want my own bed. Three weeks is about my limit.

    @Positively Present
    Oh! How exciting! I’m glad Dragos’ post came at just the right moment!

    Dragos is really good at analogies, isn’t he?

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