Traveling for a gap year or moving to a new country often means leaving our comfort zone. We never know what exactly it will be like. We might leave behind a safe job, a partner, family and friends for an unknown period of time. Everything is open and will probably turn out differently than we think it might.
Check out this awesome video, and feel free to share how you felt before a major imminent trip or expat posting.
A tough move out of my comfort zone was leaving for a gap year to Australia in my late 20s. I resigned from a permanent work contract in Paris in the middle of the credit crunch. I remember I sold everything I could of my stuff in Paris, the rest went into storage. Although I was thrilled and very much looking forward to getting a break from routine life, there were quite a few tears when saying goodbye to my friends. These moments of leaving behind what I knew, made me doubt my decision: “Is it the right thing to do? Will I find a job? What will I lose? What if I don’t like it? What risks am I taking?” There were so many unknown factors. I now laugh about it looking back, because everything was totally worth the effort. Doubt is a healthy state of mind and will help you re-evaluate and adapt to your situation. It’s like a constant optimising tool, checking back with what you really want from life.
In the beginning, there can always be a feeling of excitement and insecurity when stepping into the unknown, such as on the first day of a big backpacking trip on your own to a new continent. It makes me personally very conscious and aware. I love that everything is open and anything can still happen, in a very positive sense. I would only worry if it persists. How about you?