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Why It’s Amazing To Date People Who Love Traveling

Why It’s Amazing To Date People Who Love Traveling

Traveling can be one of the most freeing experiences. It comes with potential frustrations, too, and enough uncertainty to frighten even the most daring of us. As we age, it becomes increasingly difficult to find time, money and openness of mindset to travel. Thankfully we find inspiration from others to do the things that bring us joy. Dating a traveler may be your ticket to a reunion with that free-spirited part of you.

Consider yourself fortunate if you find love with a traveler, because being in relationship with such a free-spirit comes remarkable perks. In addition to having a motivational travel buddy, you’re given the opportunity to revisit important life lessons. Your traveler will likely reconnect you to values such as open-heartedness, self-reliance, trust and gratefulness you may have lost sight of.

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Travel lovers are more receptive to people and experiences.

Adventure out of your familiar social network and neighborhood, and you expose yourself to new people with life perspectives different from yours. Even if your journey is across town to a new coffee shop, you’re bound to see new faces. Now, imagine how much newness you’d undergo if you traveled to Asia or Africa. An experienced traveler who regularly experiences new cultures and cuisine has interacted with people from various demographics. Their openness will rub off on you, if you’re open to it. It can be refreshing to date someone who sees beyond stereotypes to get to the individual. Your travel lover will be seeing you in this loving light, too.

Travel lovers embrace change. The love the fluidity of life.

Any seasoned traveler will have survived at least one nightmare at the airport. They’ve probably had food-poisoning, had various plans canceled due to inclement weather – the list goes on. Life happens. Travelers have intimate experience with change. Certainly, it can confound the most patient of us when our plans are changed by powers outside of our control. But traveler who love to travel don’t let the inevitable disappointment stop them from adventuring out. More often than not, it’s the unexpected that motivates them. One canceled flight may lead to the most advantageous experiences.

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If your romantic partner is a traveler, you’re in for a ride, a particularly romantic adventure. That cancelled flight may lead to a spontaneous night under the stars, or at an international hostel. From there, you may meet another traveling couple with whom you could become friends. The point is that your traveling partner goes with the flow. They welcome change. You will share experiences with them you never would otherwise.

Travelers are self-sufficient and independent.

No matter how free-spirited, the individual who has sojourned in a foreign country has learned how to take care of themselves on some level. Even if they went through a travel agency to plan their itinerary, these travelers have developed goals and plotted out the steps needed to get them to their destination. Given that all travel adventures come with unexpected changes, the traveler will have had to problem solve, compromise and prioritize. In a way, traveling works to expedite the process of growing up.

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Your future lover is already an independent soul. You won’t need to coach them or hold their hand with each new dilemma. We are always on the path to greater self-knowledge, but your traveler date has acquired insight into their strengths and weaknesses through the trials that come with travel.

Travel lovers are dreamers.

It takes curiosity and the belief that the world has more to offer to get us out the door. Travelers are seekers by nature. They aren’t okay with the status quo. For example, they may have been told that Paris is romantic city, but they need to test that out for themselves.

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Some travelers find their inspiration from childhood dreams. Maybe they decide to travel to South America as an adult because they’ve always wanted to see where the favorite animal, the Three-Toed Sloth, originates. Still others long to see where their ancestors come from.

Dreams entice the traveler to get going, and the beauty and wonder they encounter perpetuates this cycle. Their thirst for the new drives them to continually explore. If you join them on their journey’s, you can expect to benefit from their appetite for life.

Travel lovers have gratitude for themselves and others.

At the end of the day, or the end of a trip, the traveler acknowledges their thankfulness for what they have. Even if they’re journeying through affluent countries, the experience of uprooting themselves from the familiarity of the everyday to see something new has a way of putting things in perspective. They love what they have even more. They may come to this realization through some profound experience such as seeing first-hand the impoverished populations of India, or simply by having to sleep in a different bed.

Your journey-seeking date may have developed a greater sense of appreciation for others by having to rely on strangers to help them navigate a foreign city. There are any number of pathways that may lead an individual to a deeper appreciation for themselves and the world. Of course, traveling isn’t necessary to connect with this life wisdom. But if you are dating a traveler, be prepared to discover that their gratitude grows and deepens which each adventure. Be open to the gifts they have to offer. Dating a traveler can rejuvenate your capacity for adventure and enthusiasm for life.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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