So, to celebrate being on the road for three months (yeah, I know, where did that time go!?), I thought I’d spend some time coming up with things that I can now do, that I wasn’t able to before I’d left home.
Some of these may seem like little victories, however, sometimes a day can be made from just those:
- I can snorkel.
- I can say ‘Cheers!’ in Indonesian (tepuk tangan) and Filipino (tagay).
- I can deadlift 20kgs onto my back and walk with it for at least 5 kilometres before wanting to die.
- I can haggle a price down for an item in a market without feeling rude.
- I can ride a scooter.
- I can ride a scooter in the dark.
(It’s hard to take a photo riding a scooter in the dark!)
- I can ride a scooter and a bicycle in the dark, with my backpack on and over some extremely dubious terrain.
- I can brake for dogs, cats, chickens, cows, frogs, monkeys and lizards on said scooter/bicycle.
(Street puppy I almost stole coz he was so cute!)
- I can sleep in a car, a bus, on a train, on a plane, on a ferry or standing up.
- I can eat a meal without asking, or even worrying about what it is.
- I can hold a snake and not freak out about it.
- I can climb active and toxic volcanoes.
I’m sure this list will grow the longer I spend putting myself outside of my comfort zone and seeing all of these new places and trying all of these new things. It’s quite funny the amount of weird situations that travel puts you into either out of necessity (riding the scooter with my 20 kg backpack on) or for the hell of it (holding a snake). These are the stories that I will be telling people, all of the times I was pushed out of my comfort zone, and out of the ordinary.
Do you have any stories from travelling where you were forced to do something odd as a means to an end? Or where you pushed yourself further than you thought possible? I’d love to hear your stories of ‘I can’ too!