"Push your limits.. get comfortable with being uncomfortable... It reminds ourselves that we are living." - Michele Valentine

For as long as I can remember, my world was South Bangalore - it was my home. Until I moved to France. Initially, I was totally against it. And why not? I had lots of friends and family in Bangalore - it made me feel settled in a way. Going out into the unknown was a scary thought. It was intimidating. But I didn't have a choice, my family was moving and that most definitely included me.

I wouldn't have said it at the time, but moving was the best decision. It changed me and my outlook on life. I could now brag of international buddies and a hot Spanish boyfriend. But more than anything, I could brag about the person that I was. I was discovering me. I learnt more about myself in 2 years than I had in the past 17 years that I'd spent feeling secure and comfortable in my own little cocoon.

For the first time I'd challenged myself, pushed my limits and it was exhilarating. I'd never felt more alive and I can safely say that this happiness was for the most part because of travelling. Associating home with comfort and familiarity like I used to no longer felt right. I felt more "at home" while exploring new places- the narrow lanes, local food, the people, the unfamiliar scent of air and comfort amongst the unknown. It doesn't make sense, I know. But escaping the mundanes of everyday life - the familiarity of it all that made it boring and unexciting gave me an irresistible thrill.

"You can't buy happiness but you can buy a plane ticket, and that's kind of the same thing."

In 2 years, I've travelled to more places than I could even name and through it all, I've emerged braver and limitless.

"To travel is to take a journey into yourself" - Danny Kate

Published by Vibha Kashyap