Many people are afraid to travel beyond the destinations they already know. If you really break down the phrase “Stepping out of your comfort zone,” it means doing things that you don’t feel comfortable with doing. Getting outside of your comfort levels. I encourage you to push yourself in unfamiliar places, to do things that you wouldn’t normally do.
Now, I realize that this can mean several different things to different people. In my mind, stepping out of my comfort zone means:
The benefits of going solo
You are more likely to make a new friend while traveling if you go outside of your comfort zone. If you are just
a face in the crowd of 40 other tourists who look and dress like you, it's likely that the locals of that country won't even notice you.
But walk into a shop, cinema or café on your own, or with one or two companions, and you may enjoy more personal attention. Even asking for assistance -- like how to order local coffee in Bosnia, or how to book a camel ride in Egypt -- brings out the hospitality in people. And thanks to Facebook or other social media, new friendships needn't end when your place departs for home!
When you really think about it, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll see any of the people again that you meet in foreign countries. Take that mentality, and you can be whoever you want to be. That’s the way to do it!
By stepping out of my comfort zone over the last few years, I have created incredible and unforgettable experiences.
I can’t even describe to you how thrilling it was to go Zip-Lining in Riviera Maya.
Or the time when I went Parasailing in Punta Cana, DR, for the 1st time.
All of these experiences are what keeps me hungry for more. There’s no question that it’s the best way to live life.
Traveling, at its best, is very much about leaving your comfort zone. It requires a sense of adventure and a willingness to try new things, even if that new thing is simply flying to Minneapolis for the weekend on a whim. A good way to discover your own place in the world is by surrounding yourself with a foreign culture, a language you don’t know, or customs you’re unfamiliar with. Testing your limits can reveal what you believe about both yourself and those around. It offers a sense of connection you might not have otherwise felt.
When you do something that makes you uncomfortable and you don’t die doing it, it’s a good reminder that your fears may be unfounded and your interests more far-reaching than you ever expected. We build things up in our heads, presuming an array of terrible outcomes. But in reality, it’s usually not so bad (and sometimes, it’s amazing). Traveling solo, for instance, is a source of frequent anxiety for many people. It requires being a companion to yourself at restaurants, at bars, in museums, and on walks. It means potentially feeling exposed when there’s no one else to talk to in public settings. When you travel alone, you have to force yourself out of the hotel room and into the world completely on your own.
If you decide to travel, then you are already most likely agreeing to step out of your comfort zone. Travel means different things to different people, but ultimately, it’s about immersing yourself in new places and ideas, broadening your perspectives and learning how other people and cultures live. Travel requires a sense of adventure and a willingness to try new experiences.