The power of a transformative trip.
We asked the BuzzFeed Community for the best vacation spots that helped them figure out their lives — and their answers reinforced the fact that travel can totally, completely change you as a person.
As these 25 readers show, taking a trip when you’re at a crossroads, or struggling to figure out your next move, can absolutely help you *see the light* in a different way– and come home a new and more focused version of yourself. Here’s all of the convincing you’ll ever need that travel can shape you, inspire you, and transform you so much that it may just be the best therapy of all.
1. “My first solo trip to New York helped me think of myself as an actual adult.”
“I went to New York City during the winter, which was magical because of the lights — but mostly because it was the first trip I paid for and went on entirely by myself. The fact that I was able to go, have a wonderful time, and come home in one piece was enough proof that I was on the right path, and doing better as an adult than I imagined.
I also got more confident about my financial decisions, and my capability to be independent — so much so that I just booked another solo trip, this one to Paris!”
–Taylor Wallace, Facebook
2. “Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro taught me to trust that I can overcome whatever comes my way.”
“I went to Tanzania, Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. I made it within 3,000 feet of the summit. It was the most intense and difficult thing I’ve ever done, and I was proud of the fact that I’d made it further than I’d anticipated. Part of the trip also included raising funds for a children’s clinic in Kenya, which we then got to visit.
To say this trip changed my life would be an understatement. It reinforced my desire to work in helping others, and made me step out of my comfort zone. Now, whenever I have a problem, I compare it to that mountain — and I am reminded that I can overcome whatever comes my way.”
3. “Haiti is where I realized I wanted to become a nurse.”
“When I was a senior in high school, I went to Haiti with my basketball team. One evening, we were at an orphanage, and I was holding a little girl named Diesulande in my arms. I began to sing to her, and moments later, she was asleep in my arms.
That night is when I learned how to truly love and care wholeheartedly for another human being. Haiti is where my love for humanity truly began. It’s the place where I realized I wanted to become a nurse, and today, I’m a registered nurse in Nebraska. Because of that trip, I have a whole new perspective on life. I truly take the time to appreciate the smallest of things. I am forever changed.”
–Alex Giles, Facebook