I went to Thailand recently to learn thai massage, visit some amazing places in nature, have a deep cultural experience, meet new people, and get out of my usual routine and comfort zone. I got all those things out of the experience, but I feel like those were only the tip of the iceberg. I experienced meditating, yoga, and massage surrounded by beautiful natural environments. I met all kinds of different people, each one unique, but they had the same goal of making the world a better place. I stayed in a traditional thai home for a few nights, massaged local health workers, visited a moken island, and roasted cashews. Snorkeling, living in the jungle for a week- these are just a select few of the highlights of this trip, which are far too numerous to go into detail.
I really got some amazing things out of this trip. I have confidence that I can go and do whatever I want to. I now have a taste for traveling more areas of the world, and will make sure that happens. My Thai Massage skills went from beginner to advanced, although I also realized how much more there is to learn. I also realise the importance of taking care of your health. A huge lesson for me, is that money has very little to do with wealth. Enjoying life as it happens, eating healthy delicious foods, taking time to take care of yourself through rest and exercise, meeting new people, and having new experiences; these are true wealth, and way more important than being stuck in a life you hate just to make money. My one piece of advice for anyone wanting to travel, but on the fence about it, just put any excuses you have aside , and find a way to make it happen.
“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.” Joseph Campbell“
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” Mark Twain