Every now and then I like to write a post about life. I am a strong believer that travel is the root of all things good. Travel adds to your personal growth and development, builds your confidence, opens your mind and teaches you to see the world through multiple perspectives.

Knowing me better and accepting the person I am today are some of my biggest gains as a result of travelling.

Everyone has a story and I know everyone’s circumstances are different and this will affect one’s ability to travel. But even by visiting the other side of your own city, going on a road trip or just simply trying something new, I promise you, you will learn something about yourself. By travelling and observing different ways of life, you’re bound to reflect on your own life, and this is what helps you know yourself better, embrace the things you love and maybe assess the things you want to improve on.

Here are 17 things I have learned and accepted about myself.

  1. I know how much I can tolerate from others.
  2. I’ve accepted my non-supermodel body. Being short is OK and my stiletto days are done.
  3. I am an anxious traveller.
  4. I’m very good at navigating and reading maps but I am also a fan of wandering aimlessly.
  5. I can make decisions. I am very rarely indecisive.
  6. I want to be spontaneous but I always have a pro’s and cons list running through my head.
  7. I can get ready quickly – clothes, hair and make-up!
  8. I have learned I don’t need to answer to, explain or prove myself to anyone.
  9. I am not an “Energiser bunny.” Yes, I do make the most of my days when I travel but realistically, the body needs rest. Plus, I love afternoon naps!
  10. Tying into the previous point, I take better care of my body and mind.
  11. I am street smart.
  12. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.
  13. I am not behind in life. I just chose a different path and I control the pace.
  14. I don’t love alcohol and that does not make me weak or boring.
  15. I am organised. Like, Excel spreadsheet-type organised.
  16. I make a conscious effort to reduce my ecological footprint on the planet.
  17. I have learned to have compassion for myself too.

The next time you travel, I encourage you to take the time to soak in your surroundings, appreciate where you are, and self-reflect. If this is something you already do, I’d love to hear what you have learned, and what you have accepted about yourself in the comments below!