“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou


I mentioned in previous articles that before traveling, I was a closed book. One of my past thinking was “why does it always happen to me?”

Once I set out into the world and starting meeting all sorts of different type of people, I knew in my hearts that this statement wasn’t true at all. What happens to me, happens to everyone. Whether you eat different food or live a different lifestyle, we all get hurt, we all cry, we all smile, we all laugh, we all live, and we all die.

If you have this mindset, make it your top priority next time you go traveling to meet the locals and really get to know the other person. You may start to understand that the other person could have it much worse than you but are so much happier than any person you know back home.

I know this is cliché but I find this to be so true.

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

My recent trip to Vietnam, I kept planning and revising my plans until I considered it to be perfect. This is the route I was going to take, these are the cities I was going visit and how long I’ll be staying in each city until the last day of my trip.

I got so caught up in having a “fixed plan”, that I left no room for any flexibility. I started understanding that this wasn’t such a great plan to have while I was actually in Vietnam. Some of my plans didn’t go through but I now realized that it’s completely okay.

Having a plan is a smart thing to do but it’s important to leave room for flexibility. You may meet someone there that tells you about an event happening the next day that you really want to go too or you may meet a special person that you want to spend more time with.

Whatever it may be, if you aren’t willing to change your plans with what’s happening in that present time, you won’t have any spontaneous moments. And I believe it’s those spontaneous moments that makes the best stories.

“You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gide


Unfocused, doing too many things at once, lost sight of my goal in life, were some of the things I was going through before my Vietnam trip. Prior to this, I took no vacation for 2 and half years. This also means no weekend getaway to Vegas.

Coming back, I knew what I had to do, what I needed to sacrifice, what I needed to work on. I had new burst of energy and a re-focus mind of the things I want in life. I truly believe this wouldn’t had happen if I didn’t pack up and go.

I would still be wandering and chasing every opportunity that comes into my life and as Eric Thomas once said “every opportunity is not the right opportunity for you!”

If you feel lost, if you feel burnt out, maybe it’s time to reaccess yourself by first getting out of your environment. Go travel, it could be somewhere new or somewhere old, it could be a month long or just a few days but the main point is, get out there.This will help you reset everything that is happening in your current life.

One tip I have is to only think about traveling when out traveling. Don’t think about anything back home. When you come back, you’ll have a new sense of energy and be more willing to solve your problems directly in a different approach.


I’m giving these advice because that’s what happen to me. That’s what traveling did to me and yes, it did take a quite a bit of time and money to go but you have to look at it as an investment to your growth. There’s nothing better to your personal growth than experiencing it for yourself in the real world. Reading can only do so much.

What do you have to lose if you go out into the world? The worst case scenario is that you realized that you don’t like traveling as much as you thought you would but that’s also learning something about yourself that you wouldn’t have learned otherwise.

Published by Duy Dang