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How To Travel Without Leaving Your Hometown

How To Travel Without Leaving Your Hometown

Traveling is one of the most desired things to do in a lifetime, for many people. We have that natural lust to see the world and the beauty of different places. The only downside is the cost. Traveling is very expensive and this makes it hard to do for many. But in order to experience different cultures, do we really need to go so far? What if you could travel without leaving your hometown?

Every town in the world has multicultural people. Getting to know different people with different cultural backgrounds, can take you all over the world without even leaving your own town. This way you extend your knowledge of people, but you don’t have to spend anything. Getting to know a new person and experiencing a new culture is an exciting way to see your hometown in a new way. Lots of people are jealous of people with a background different from them, or misunderstand their way of doing things.

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To travel doesn’t mean just seeing places, but becoming familiar with different cultures and meeting people. In the end we are all human and our differences are what gives the world color. We should celebrate our differences and love what we can learn from each other. So here’s how you can love and admire your neighbors.

1. Understand

Admit that there are differences. This is the key to getting along with others. Everyone is different. That should not give you a reason to treat someone different. Treat everyone equally. In order to live peacefully, we need to show understanding. Even when you may not understand why or what a person does, be friendly and open.

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2. Observe

Talk to people. Having conversations with people of different backgrounds, with different hobbies or who come from a different place, will broaden your horizon. You will appreciate them more. Try to understand how other people think. Talk to people you don’t know to get a better understanding of their habits and traditions.

3. Experience

Go out, anywhere you want, and experience the way some else lives. Get the know their way of living. See that your daily routine is not the only way of life you know. Understand why other people do things the way they do. Watch and learn from others.

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4. Try for yourself

Why not try some things that are usual to others, but not to you. You can experience a different culture right in your own home, simply by preparing the food of that culture or being part of their routine. Try to explain the background of the culture and why a certain food or way of living is natural, so you can get a better understanding. You can do more than just read about it, you can smell, see, taste and experience the culture.

5. Study

Dig deeper into your own and other cultures. Get a good understanding of where certain habits or traditions come from. Read more about different cultures. Truly try to understand the mind of others and embrace the differences. Maybe you will find what you have in common. Or find that a different culture is not as strange or different as you thought, after all.

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6. Accept

In the end, the most important part is to accept that we are all human and all have different backgrounds, cultures and habits. Accept and cherish the differences. Although someone may do something you don’t understand, we are all human. When you find it hard to accept, find out for yourself why a person does what they do. Open your heart and spread love, because we all need each other to live our lives in the happiest way possible.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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