How do you feel about leaving your comfort zone?

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?



I have been a traveller and expat for over 15 years. So far my nomad lifestyle has allowed me to live and work in seven countries including the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Australia. Moving country, studying abroad and a passion for travel has been part of most of my adult life.

7 thoughts to “How do you feel about leaving your comfort zone?”

  1. I loved reading this post. I have just embarked on living outside my comfort zone by uprooting my awesome life in Melbourne to live in small town Nuremberg, Germany. I did the same as you, sold all of my possessions and kept only sentimental items in storage. I’m four months in and loving this journey of self discovery. Thanks for a great read!

  2. Great article. That is how we all felt in such situation. I only can confirm, for me such is one of the most exciting moments in life. It is impossible to describe that feeling. Others may be feel similar in dangerous moments when level od adrenalin climbs to highest possible. But it is not the adrenalin level. It is more the search of challenges. Challenges which we accept and which we overcome or win finally is one of the most exciting experience in our life. Remember always, no challenge no feeling like this.

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