Travelling in 2017 and running from what’s comfortable

Cross Cultural Scholarship Holder from Bahrain, Saba Salem, shares her insights about traveling in today’s time.

There is a lot to say about travelling – the excitement of being in a different place, of seeing other things and meeting new people. Questions about what to do, where to go and what to eat also arise while traveling.

Let me introduce you one of the ways on how to travel called “Couchsurfing: Meet and Stay with Locals All Over the World”. Couchsurfing is a vibrant travel community of over 14 million locals and travellers. It is a hospitality service and social networking site that provides platform for members to stay as a guest at someone’s home, host travellers and meet other members.

You can download Couchsurfing as an application on your phone. You can also read about what members say about themselves in their profile, see what other coachsurfers have said about their experiences with them. All you need is just to plan where you want your next adventure to be and to be brave and let the coincidence play its roll, you could get surprised in many ways.

“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.” Rumi

It’s the new trend of traveling for backpackers because they are able to experience the place like a local. You will also get recommendations that might save you time or even money while making friendships that could last for a lifetime!

The other way to travel is to find an exchange programme for different sectors like culture, health, education and human rights. From this, you will be able to experience the professional life in another country, how things run in their offices, what are the policies and the strategies applied there. At the same time, you get to make friendship and you get interact with colleagues from different generations.

This could be a total different experience and it will open your mind where you start to see what you need to develop in your country and allow you to evaluate yourself and your life. Sometimes, you just realise how blessed you are for having this life.

Traveling is really important, it is like a restart to someone’s life. You look at your country and your life with a different eye. Having a vacation is nice but what if you can have more than that?