Traveling Solo Builds Confidence

Susan Moore in Rio de Janeiro - view from Corcovado

Susan in Rio de Janeiro – view from Corcovado

Traveling solo builds confidence. All of our life experiences help to shape us and build up our collection of knowledge and memories. My experiences traveling independently have taught me about being able to adapt to new situations and being flexible with outcomes.

When I went Hill Tribe Trekking in Pai, Thailand we had to walk across a long narrow log bridge. This was before my yoga days and I didn’t have the greatest balance. I looked down into the river below and I could visualize myself slipping and falling into the water.

After some encouragement from our guide I was still afraid I would fall but I took a breath and stepped onto the log bridge.

Slow and apprehensive at first, then with growing determination at each step I became calm and confident. I felt great afterwards! Overcoming fear is exhilarating!

Anything we can do to help build confidence is a gigantic plus in my book.

Self doubt seeps into our minds but confidence building helps restore our ability to make wise decisions and succeed where we otherwise might have fallen flat, or into the river!

Things don’t always turn out the way we imagined they would. Some people can go with the flow and make rational decisions based on the new outcome while others become anxious and stressed out over almost anything outside of the expected outcome.

When I returned to Calgary after months of travel in South East Asia I had to adapt back to a regular life of working and living in one location. Nothing had changed in my hometown but I certainly had been through a transformation. I returned with a new-found confidence and stronger self-esteem.

I found an apartment in the Mission district before I even had a job and I only had a month to find work before my money would run out. I was very laid back about the whole situation and had confidence in my ability to find work. I had complete confidence that I would succeed.

I did find a job within a couple of weeks and started to settle back into a routine working in the accounting department of a small environmental engineering firm.

Assigned menial work even though I was capable of taking on most of the accounting duties I became bored immediately and started looking for more challenging work.

I saw an advertisement for work in Russia and I remember being so excited about the possibility of working in Russia that I applied, and later landed the job after three interviews with the company. I used to get very nervous during job interviews but I had become calm and relaxed.

Working at an oil camp in Siberia for five weeks straight can get to some people. I was told that the number one reason people couldn’t hack it was due to their inability to handle being away from home for so long. They became depressed and unable to cope so they didn’t last long at the job.

Prior to my travels I never would have dreamed of applying for a job in Russia. My travel experiences had given me the confidence to try something completely different.

It was my travel experience and my ability to cope with being away from home that helped me land the job as well.

Traveling solo builds confidence


About the Author

Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 4 of living a nomadic life, roadtripping around the USA and Canada and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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