When I was 10 weeks old my parents took me with the train to Spain. I already travelled a lot with my family. I believe traveling is one of the world’s greatest teachers! I learnt a lot about myself. What I like, what I do not like, and what is truly important to me in life. I was confronted with situations I had never been in before and with decisions I never had to make before and I have seen things I will remember as long as I live.
I started to value small things much more, met all kinds of different and amazing people who made me think about things that I have not thought about before. Became more open minded. Travelling invites those magical experiences. Sometimes I do not even know where I am going to sleep the night. Every day is a new adventure.
I do not have to see everything and normally I try to avoid touristic places. But there are a few touristic places (especially the nature) which are really worth visiting. For me it is more interesting to know how other people live together, what they believe, what is important to them, and what they eat. I learnt that we are all basically the same. Borders do not make sense anymore. For that I think it is worth to stay at one place for a while and I think Couchsurfing is a good way for that. Getting to know different health, educational, and political systems made me being able to understand a lot much better.The map shows where I have been so far. Create your own map here.
Go out there, enjoy your life, and challenge yourself. You just have to be careful (avoid dodgy neighbourhoods and creepy people) and open minded. Pay attention to local norms and customs so you do not send the wrong signals or seem like a walking ATM. If you are worried you can start in your own country (there is plenty to see) or in a country you feel safer in.