The Importance Of Travel For Self Development

The Importance Of Travel For Self Development

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves" -Viktor E. Frankl
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Traveling can be one of the best and most powerful tools for personal development. Becoming enlightened by a different environment, food, fashion, and attitudes can give you a new perspective of the world. You are able to unravel characteristics about not only yourself but also the world that you live in. Surrounding yourself with different cultures and people can flood your body with a sense of happiness that you didn’t even know existed within you. If you ever stumble upon the ability to travel to a different continent, or even somewhere within your own country, take the opportunity. The journey that you will tread on will not only give you the potential to step outside and give yourself new surroundings, but it will also present you with the power to find out new aspects about who you are as an individual.

Traveling teaches you a greater tolerance for things being different.

Some people in this world really relish the idea of having a routine and a set schedule. Others do not like venturing out into other social circles because they are completely comfortable with their own. We like what is familiar because we have a sense of what is going to happen and what it is going to be like. However, when we are in a different place we throw out the ideology that society has placed upon us. We are exposed to a new culture and different types of people when we are somewhere new.

Traveling gives us the chance to spread our wings and explore. When given a chance we tend to enclose ourselves with the same friends, the same routines, and the same surroundings. Traveling alone can give you greater exposure to the world that is out there. We have deeper conversations with people who we would have never met and we learn to treasure the different perspectives that the locals bring. Being placed in a different culture gives you the opportunity to openly tolerate other people’s opinions as well as learn to understand others better.

Traveling makes you become more responsible and gives you a sense of independence.

When traveling alone you need make sure you that don’t lose your passport, your documents, and your belongings and you have to take care of yourself. Making sure that you make your connecting flight and to always keep your luggage in your peripheral view is important. You develop a sense of responsibility because you have to. You have no one else to rely on but yourself. With that being said, you have the ability to take a day trip to wherever you want because you do not have to consult with someone else if that is the destination that they want to reach as well. You can go where you want, when you want, and create the experience that you want because you have no one else to tell you otherwise. Having the ability to finally do things on your own can make you feel like an independent adult. When you are given the opportunity to travel it makes you more aware of your surroundings and yourself.

Traveling gives you the ability to understand your aspirations for the future.

Being placed in a different environment causes you to become more open minded and encompassed with the thirst to learn. Learning causes your dreams to not only have the potential of becoming real, but gives you the ability to expand on them as well. Traveling gives you the opportunity to want to learn and, by the end of your trip, you will crave more. Traveling has also given you the ability to want to take risks and to be more adventurous. It causes you to push your boundaries because you have widened your perspective. Some of the most successful people reach their dreams because they were willing to take risks. In order to trust the world that you live in you need to trust yourself and who you are as an individual. Doing so will instill courage in you and may cause you to take a leap of faith on a future endeavor. You have taken fear to the next level and it has given you cause to not be scared any longer. Life is all about jumps, loops, and, above all, risks. If you muster up the ability to take risks then you will explore the unknown and create even better dreams.

Traveling gives us the opportunity to know ourselves better.

Traveling forces you to learn more about yourself. Many of us have never really looked inside of ourselves. You start to question aspects of your life because you were put into a space that offers you growth. Traveling rids you of a place to hide and it gives you a step out of reality, leaving your ego behind with it. The mask that you display for society is behind the self-image that you have set for yourself. We constantly seek approval from everyone but ourselves. You are now placed in an environment where you don’t have your friends to reinforce the ideas that have been set for you. Living in the unknown causes your self-image to fall apart and the person who has been trying to emerge will finally come to light. Traveling will cause you to be in a constant state of observation. Learning to watch other things and people around you can be the ticket that you need to learn about yourself. You begin to challenge and question everything that you have been taught and that you believe. There is a sense of confusion and a point where you feel completely lost, but you start to really understand what it is that you believe in and what it is that you desire, rather than what society and other people want for you. It can be scary and intimidating, but it can also be quite liberating in the end. When you are traveling you have the chance to develop a quiet mind. Being in the here and now can cause you to really take everything in front of you into perspective instead of worrying about the past and troubles back home. Expanding your consciousness will help you conjure up your own faults and make you really think about them. This is the time to find out who your authentic self truly is and who you are in this monumental world.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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10 Things To Do In Indiana To Make This Summer The Best Summer

Because let's face it, Indiana can be a pretty boring place.

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Often times our summer nights in Indiana consist of bonfires, Steak and Shake, and a trip to the local Walmart because we are just so bored! Let's face the inevitable conclusion, we were all born in a dreadfully boring state. Thankfully, there are places all over the state that are just waiting to be explored this summer! Pack your car, board your friends, and hit the road to experience some awesome adventures!

1. Turkey Run State Park in Parke County.

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What else can you think of other than the amazing feeling of hiking, camping, and enjoying the fresh air? With many places outside of the park to camp and stay, getting to the park is a short drive from nearby housing. The trails and beautiful sites will yield a perfect camping destination!

2. Zao Island in Valparaiso.

https://www.zaoisland.net/attractions/

With Go Karts, Mini Golf, Laser Tag, a Laser Maze, Game Rooms, Batting Cages, Slides, and even an Alligator Exhibit, this destination is the one stop you have to make for the summer! With family fun all around at good prices, this place will be the one place you will want to continuously visit! Plus they have pizza, too!

3. Indiana Dunes National Park in Chesterton.

https://www.nps.gov/indu/index.htm

Lining Lake Michigan, the Dunes is the perfect beach destination to go on a hot summer day. With hotels and restaurants lining the park, there will always be somewhere to stay and somewhere to eat, plus all of the amazing qualities of the park, such as swimming, hiking, and soaking up the sun rays, making this destination a trip you have to make!

4. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in Indianapolis.

https://www.childrensmuseum.org/

I think we can all agree that sometimes we are all kids at heart, and what better way to celebrate our "youth" than to take a visit to the Children's Museum! With exhibitions that contain Dinosaurs, an International Space Station, ways you can explore the everyday lives of Scientists, Fireworks of Glass, and many more, this is the perfect way at a decent price to spend your summer afternoon!

5. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus.

https://www.holidayworld.com/rides/firecracker/

This attraction hosts a variety of themed attractions, including coasters and water coasters! As well as having a wave pool, a river, and tube slides, this attraction is the perfect location to go when you want to have fun as well as a cool down from the hot summer sun!

6. Conner Prairie in Fishers.

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I don't know about you all but I LOVED when we got to go to Conner Prairie for a school field trip! Being one of the most visited outdoor museums in the country, Conner Prairie showcases the 19th-century lifestyle where you get to see 1836 Prairie Town, the William Conner House, and even experience what it was like in Indiana during the Civil War! This history destination will leave you in awe of how life used to be!

7. Bluespring Caverns in Bedford.

https://www.bluespringcaverns.com/

I was so jealous that my parents and sister got to experience these caves and I didn't! This underground river that stretches 21 miles houses many unusual and cool species, such as many amphibians, blind, and albino animals.

8. Indiana Medical History Museum in Indianapolis

https://www.imhm.org/

This museum is an old pathology building that houses an autopsy room, amphitheater, laboratories, photo archives, as well as records from when the hospital was up and running. This cool destination is home to outdated medical equipment as well as anatomical structures that are breathtaking to see.

9. Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort in Monticello.

http://www.indianabeach.com/

This fun beach gives us a little taste of everything, from rides, games, to even walking a boardwalk. Located on Lake Shafer, this amusement park is a fun time for those who are looking for a little taste of fair life, yet can't wait until August to get it!

10. Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis.

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Located in White River State Park, this zoo houses over 2,000 animals, all ranging from lions, elephants, and dolphins! As well as containing a botanical garden and exhibits where you can feed the animals, this zoo is a fun destination when searching for a fun break. Plus, who doesn't love visiting all the cool animals up close?

Whether you visit one or all of the destinations listed above, we have to acknowledge the fact that although Indiana can be a boring state, there are sometimes some pretty cool things we can do with an adventure around every corner!

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