"If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection."
Travel is the great leveler...
...it is the only road to discovery. You learn a lot about yourself when you travel. Whether you travel alone or in pairs or in small groups, there is much to gain from the journey. Over the summer I visited St. Lucia with a few of my girl friends. It was our first trip together in a foreign place. Though St. Lucia is a relatively safe island being rather popular amongst tourists, there's still something a little bit daunting about traveling with just a small group of friends, particularly when you are all smaller in frame and clearly foreign to the land. If push came to shove, I wouldn't hesitate to admit that we would have been rather helpless. Despite taking precautions, we still found ourselves in a bit of a scary situation that could have turned quickly sour. In that one instance, you learn a lot about yourself -- your instincts, your wits, and your street smarts. You learn that all is not the safe bubble most of us have lived in growing up in a middle-class family in the US, and you may be surprised with your own split-second reactions to fend for yourself and protect your friends. It's a side of yourself you might not have ever discovered had you not left your safety net. That being said, not every stretch of road you face will be a lesson learned from an obstacle. You might just discover from seeing a new place, meeting new people, and experiencing a new culture that this planet has so many beautiful corners waiting for you to turn. You might learn that there's a sleeping mind inside of you waiting to be awakened.