This was the reason why I first started hitchhiking, traveling on a shoestring and using public transportation don’t go well together. If I can get a flight from Portugal to Germany for 20€ I’m not paying more than that for a boring 200km, three hour bus ride to the next destination.
2. Saving More Money!
This might sound crazy to people who are concerned about the “dangers” of hitchhiking, but during some rides I have been offered food, money, drinks, accommodation and even marijuana and alcohol, usually they are just really into helping me and making sure I enjoy my adventure, some people have also driven off their paths just to drop me off exactly where I wanted them to.
Of course this situations don’t come very often, specially if you are hitchhiking with someone else. Although it feels amazing to be treated in such a nice way by a stranger you should be very grateful just by the fact that they decide to pick you up, so don’t expect anything else from the people who give you a ride.
3. Overcoming Your Fears.
When it comes to hitchhiking anyone who has never done it before tends to have enough misconceptions about it to keep themselves away from doing it unless encouraged by someone else.
The exact same thing happened to me, that’s why I want you to go out there and do it, after a few rides your opinions about hitchhiking will change drastically and once you overcome that fear you will feel more confident and even more determined to overcome other mental barriers that you may have.
This is why I love hitchhiking! You will meet lots of different people and have many conversations with complete strangers. You can share your stories and at the same time discover more about the local culture or about someone else’s life, isn’t that great?
Of course not everyone is interested in hearing what you have to say or share with you their lives but countless times I’ve had really indulging conversations and learned much from this people and it also helped me overcome social insecurities.
5. Practising Your New Language
Please! Make sure you learn or at least write down some keywords or phrases from the local language. It’s easy to learn a new language and you can even practise for free with people who give you a ride by trying to introduce yourself, explaining where you want to go and even talk a bit about yourself in the local language.
If you and the person who give you a ride have any language in common it’s always funny to have a quick conversation in the local language, if that’s not the case be creative, talk with gestures or pictures, point at things, make an effort to break the language barrier.
Every time someone picks you up the same amount of CO2 is emitted but more people are getting from point A to point B, this is what I call economizing. Can you imagine if more and more people start hitchhiking? Not only to travel on a budget but to actually do it on a daily basis. There would be less and less pollution, traffic jams and people would trust more on each other.
7. Experience True Freedom And Adventure
Hitchhiking is more than just sticking your thumb up and waiting. It’s the freedom of choosing where and when you want to go and never knowing where and when someone will take you there! It’s embracing the unknown! There are absolutely no certainties when it comes to hitchhiking, you never know what type of person or car will pick you up, how long you will have to wait or where they are going. This is what I call adventure!
When you don’t know what to expect you are living life in the present and experiencing everything in detail, you appreciate more the good things and easily ignore whatever doesn’t suit you.
I have countless good memories from hitchhiking: getting invited for lunch in a hill by the beach, having really funny or interesting conversations, getting rides on cabs for free, pretending to be moroccan on a police checkpoint and many more that are yet to come.
Thank you Lucas for this amazing post, you can find the original article in their website.
What about you? What are your thoughts on hitchhiking? Please Share with me your adventures!
There are many people who have been asking me about any two to three places that can be best to relieve stress. Today on OiB, I will discuss the 3 places that one can enjoy post the Brexit situation so that the stress regarding the same can be relieved well.
The world is full of many places that can be visited anytime to relieve stress. If you want to relieve stress post-Brexit then my three picks are certainly the following
Le Mas Candille (France)
They say the first step to relieving stress is the way through food. If you have the ultimate foodie experience, then that is the best way to attain a good balance overall. This is why French cuisines are the top names that have tastes of all kinds. French has a lot of gourmet styles. Mindful eating can be well dealt here.
The Le Mas Candille is a luxury hotel that is a Michelin star restaurant too. It has great delicious cuisines while you can kickstart with awesome starters, entrees, and desserts as well.
If you want to have a spiritual relaxation experience, then this place is also very good for you. With no WiFi and unnecessary contacts at hand, this mental detoxification process is the best of all for the mind. The gigantic Himalayas have a great spot for relaxing the mind even though the views are too breathtaking and scary for some people.
This is just like a wellness journey while the relaxation spa is a true addition as well. There are many varieties to choose from. These include Rose facials, Reiki, Ayurved, Yoga treats, aromatherapies, salt scrubs, and many others to take advantage of.
Restival Arizona (USA)
If you are looking for the place to disconnect and then regain the energy from, hen this options are truly the very best for you. The Restival Arizona event is about to take place from 12th September to 17th September. It is present in the traditional Navajo homeland and has four sacred mountains in it that define the Dinetah. This festival and retreat is not just a normal vacation but is full of six days that are beautiful to the core.
There are lots of curated workshops and activities going on throughout the whole festival. One can learn the Navajo Tribe’s old and ancient culture, wisdom as well as heritage and traditions through these. It is just like unplugging from the rest of the world, its problems, unwinding your inner self and then restoring your physical strength and mental strength at the same time as well. It also creates the perfect balance and setting for a brilliant environment while re-imagining the world from a fresh and newer vision is a great start thanks to the Navajo community’s creative people.
These are a few personal experiences that have been gathered to make you feel hope for freshness in life. You can also follow the trail to let us know how you felt and share the experiences with the people dealing with the same now. Make sure you comment below for the same.
Exhilarating, comfortable, and affordable are just some of the ways expats describe their life in Asia. I recall leaving China for Malaysia back in 2013 – and before UK to China in 2012 – I felt mixed feeling of excitement and fear of unknown.
Now, I look back and I know that squeezing my life into a suitcase and leaving our native Paris was the best decision that I could have possibly made. Because when you move away, when you turn your life into a journey filled with uncertainty, you grow up in unexpected ways.
You face new challenges, you get to know parts of you you didn’t know existed, you’re amazed at yourself and at the world. You learn, you broaden your horizons. You unlearn, and after coming down and embracing a few lessons, you start growing in humility. You evolve. You feel homesick… and you shape memories that will stay with you forever.
Today in OiB, I will use Angie Cartells original post published in Spanish in 2014 to convey the contradictions you experiment you live abroad. If you’ve ever lived away from home or embarked on a long journey, I’m sure you too have felt these 17 things that change forever when you live abroad.
1. ADRENALIN BECOMES PART OF YOUR LIFE.
From the moment you decide to move abroad, your life turns into a powerful mix of emotions – learning, improvising, dealing with the unexpected… All your senses sharpen up, and for a while the word “routine” is dismissed from your vocabulary to make space for an ever rising adrenalin thrill ride. New places, new habits, new challenges, new people. Starting anew should terrify you, but it’s unusually addictive.
2.BUT WHEN YOU GO BACK… EVERYTHING LOOKS THE SAME.
That’s why, when you get a few days off and fly back home, it strikes you how little everything has changed. Your life’s been changing at a non-stop pace, and you’re on holidays and ready to share all those anecdotes you’ve been piling up. But, at home, life’s the same as ever. Everyone keeps struggling with their daily chores, and it suddenly strikes you: life won’t stop for you.
3.YOU LACK THE (AND YET YOU HAVE TOO MANY) WORDS.
When someone asks you about your new life, you lack the right words to convey all you’re experiencing. Yet later, in the middle of a random conversation, something reminds you about ‘that time when’…, and you have to hold your tongue because you don’t want to overwhelm everyone with stories from your ‘other country’ and come across as pretentious.
4.YOU COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT COURAGE IS OVERRATED.
Lots of people will tell you how brave you are – they too would move abroad if they weren’t so scared. And you, even though you’ve been scared, too, know that courage makes up about 10% of life-changing decisions. The other 90% is purely about wanting it with all your heart. Do you want to do it, do you really feel like doing it? Then do it. From the moment we decide to jump, we’re no longer cowards nor courageous – whatever comes our way, we deal with it.
«It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.»
5. AND, SUDDENLY, YOU’RE FREE.
You’ve always been free, but freedom feels different now. Now that you’ve given up every comfort and made it work thousands of miles away from home… you feel like you’re capable of anything!
6.YOU NO LONGER SPEAK ONE PARTICULAR LANGUAGE.
Sometimes you unintentionally let a word from another language slip. Other times you can only think of a way of saying something… with that perfect word which, by the way, is in the wrong language. When you interact with a foreign language on a daily basis, you learn and unlearn at the same time. All the while you’re soaking up cultural references and swear words in your second language, you find yourself reading in your mother tongue so it won’t get rusty. Like that time when Homer took a home winemaking course and forgot how to drive.
7.YOU LEARN TO SAY GOODBYE… AND TO ENJOY YOURSELF.
You soon realize that now, most things and people in your life are just passing through, and you instinctively play down the importance of most situations. You perfect the right balance between bonding and letting go – a perpetual battle between nostalgia and pragmatism.
8. YOU HAVE TWO OF EVERYTHING.
Two SIM cards (one of them packed with phone numbers from all over the world), two library cards, two bank accounts… And two types of coins, which always end up mysteriously mixing when you’re about to pay for something.
9.NORMAL? WHAT’S NORMAL?
Living abroad, like traveling, makes you realise that ‘normal’ only means socially or culturally accepted. When you plunge into a different culture and a different society, your notion of normality soon falls apart. You learn there are other ways of doing things, and after a while, you too take to that habit you never thought you’d embrace. You also get to know yourself a little better, because you discover that some things you really believe in, while others are just a cultural heritage of the society you grew up in.
10.YOU BECOME A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY.
That tourist trap you may not have visited in your country only adds up to the never-ending list of things to do in your new home, and you soon become quite the expert on your new city. But when someone comes over for a few days and asks for some suggestions, you find it really hard to recommend but a few things – if it were up to you, you’d recommend visiting everything!
I try to head home once a year, and each time, the same scenario happens: I succeed to get lost in the parisian metro, see myself checking and re-checking the metro map hoping to arrive on time when meeting friends.
11.YOU LEARN HOW TO BE PATIENT… AND HOW TO ASK FOR HELP.
When you live abroad, the simplest task can become a huge challenge. Processing paperwork, finding the right word, knowing which bus to take. There’s always moments of distress, but you’re soon filled with more patience than you ever knew you had in you, and accept that asking for help is not only inevitable, but also a very healthy habit.
12.TIME IS MEASURED IN TINY LITTLE MOMENTS.
It’s as if you were looking through the car window – everything moves really slowly at the back, in the distance, while in front of you life passes by at full speed. On the one hand, you receive news from home – birthdays you missed, people who left without you getting the chance to say goodbye one last time, celebrations you won’t be able to attend. On the other hand, in your new home life goes by at top speed. Time is so distorted now, that you learn how to measure it in tiny little moments, either a Skype call with your family and old friends or a pint with the new ones.
13.NOSTALGIA STRIKES WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT.
A food, a song, a smell. The smallest trifle can overwhelm you with homesickness. You miss those little things you never thought you’d miss, and you’d give anything to go back to that place, even if it were just for an instant. Or to share that feeling with someone who’d understand you…
14.BUT YOU KNOW IT’S NOT WHERE, BUT WHEN AND HOW.
Although deep down, you know you don’t miss a place, but a strange and magical conjunction of the right place, the right moment and the right people. That year when you traveled, when you shared your life with special ones, when you were so happy. There’s a tiny bit of who you were scattered among all the places you’ve lived in, but sometimes going back to that place is not enough to stop missing it.
I’m sure you’ve heard about life-changing trips. Well, they’re not a commonplace – living abroad is a trip that will profoundly change your life and who you are. It will shake up your roots, your certainties and your fears. Living in Edinburgh changed us forever in many ways, and if it weren’t for that experience, we probably wouldn’t be about to embark on our next life adventure right now. Maybe you won’t realise it, or even believe it, before you do it. But after some time, one day you’ll see it crystal clear. You’ve evolved, you’ve got scars, you’ve lived. You’ve changed.
16.YOU FIT YOUR HOME INTO A SUITCASE.
From the moment you squeeze your life into a suitcase (or, if you’re lucky with your airline, two), whatever you thought ‘home’ was doesn’t exist anymore. Almost anything you can touch can be replaced – wherever you travel, you’ll end up stockpiling new clothes, new books, new mugs. But there will come a day when you’ll suddenly feel at home in your new city. Home is the person traveling with you, the people you leave behind, the streets where your life takes place. Home is also the random stuff in your new flat, those things you’ll get rid of in the blink of an eye when the time to leave comes. Home is all those memories, all those long-distance calls with your family and friends, a bunch of pictures. Home is where the heart is.
17. AND… THERE’S NO TURNING BACK.
Now you know what it means to give up comfort, what starting from scratch and marveling at the world every day feels like. And it being such a huge, endless world… How could you choose not to keep traveling and discovering it?
Have you ever lived abroad? Is there anything you would add to this list? Drop us a comment and tell us about your experience!