There are travel experiences that can change your entire outlook on life. One of them is living abroad, anywhere really. My lifesaver was Australia. Everything looked different after I’ve lived there, after I’ve experienced another culture’s lifestyle.
You must learn a new language and work your way through a barrier of cultural diversities. Then you start to do what you never did before: rely on the kindness of strangers. This was Australia’s first gift, trust. You step out of your comfort zone, you make new friends, you have new ideas, new loves. Slowly, you adapt.
A new sense of perspective
The second thing Australia taught me is the sense of perspective. Whether you’re road tripping along its 16,000 miles (30,000 km) of coastline, or standing still and silent in the vastness of its outback. Whether you’re camping under its sky of infinite stars, or listening to thousand year old Indigenous legends. Chances are you have never been anywhere like this before.
Everything here is huge. Its size symbolises how unfathomable this place is. Train rides between main cities can last days. Most of the world’s deadliest creatures live here. It is no wonder why locals choose not to worry about small things!
A new mantra
Australians mantra reverberates across the country: take it easy.
It took a while to get this philosophy in my veins but when it happened I became aware of what this place actually did. Australia makes things seem so simple that you stop worrying about them. Without worries, you learn to be myself, to be spontaneous, to be happy. This was the biggest gift travel ever gave me, happiness.
Australia changed my life. What is the experience or place that changed your?
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