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How travel has shaped me?

‘Don’t forget my dear’ he said. ‘In ten years, you won’t remember the money, you will remember the experiences’

Travelling can offer you a richer, vibrant, inspiring, life changing experiences and a certain sense of being wild and free. It teaches you about yourself, shapes great memories, encourages you to be curious, enables you to learn by default and can shine a light towards your future.

Due to the influence of my grandmother and mother; two incredible women who loved to travel, I have, over the past 20 years, been lucky enough to travel and explore the world, experiencing culture, scenery, people and adventures that I will never forget. The person I am today is mostly due to the people I have met, the adventures, both good and bad that I have had and the places I have explored.

If I think clearly and deeply about what travel has taught me I can come up with the following reasons;

Confidence

I am a shy and quiet person by nature. My experiences in travel and adventure have given me the confidence to know that I could land anywhere and quickly work things out for myself and manage even the most challenging situations with a sense of humour and a good dose of determination.

Restlessness and peacefulness

I love being on the go. I love the freedom of moving and stopping as I please. I can be at peace with wherever I am and have itchy feet at the same time. I find myself planning trips just as I am returning home from a one. It’s exciting to be thinking about a new place to travel to, explore and experience.

Courage and resilience

Whilst I do, like many other people, like to plan things and will often have a checklist before I head off on a trip, I do know that either way things will be ok. Even when they are not ok or when they are uncomfortable or out of my comfort zone I have the quiet belief in myself that I can work things out and make them ok. Sometimes, you just need to ride things out.

Beauty

Through my travels and adventures I have been lucky enough to experience many sunrises and sunsets, stunning scenery, remote villages, crazy cities, different cultures and great people. It’s these times when I can truly appreciate what beauty and simplicity is all about.

In the end, travel and adventure has reminded me how much I love exploring, being in the outdoors, meeting new people, experiencing new things and has made me a richer person for it!



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When not working on international adventure trips as a guide and medic, Rachel spends her time surfing, trail running, learning spanish, indulging in her passions for photography and writing and planning her next expeditions. Life is all about every beautiful sunrise and sunset!



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