Have you "found yourself" whilst traveling, or had a life changing experience?

Have you "found yourself" whilst traveling, or had a life changing experience?

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  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    No, not at all.
    The most I've gotten out of travel was having a good time with my family on our trips to Cancun, Paris and Madrid back in 2019.
    Otherwise I've gotten zero authentic experiences out of travel, traipsing around the world has only reinforced my belief that there's nothing out there for me, world is mostly gay everywhere you.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      This pretty much

      Did a month in Greece and Italy, wouldn't say I found myself, but I found out how much more there is to life.

      But, doing the Camino did have a life changing effect, I did find myself there.

      What is it that you found anon? And what did you previous think life was mostly limited to?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        >What is it that you found anon?
        1)God
        2) A plan forward to life, I was lost, didn't know what to do, being with your thoughts only, no computer, minimal phone, gives you a better idea of yourself and I found what my next phase in life is.
        3) A will to live
        But I do have to say, sleeping in luxurious places and stopping in a restaurant for all meals will not get you what you're looking for, I slept outside, carried my food from city to city as I only bought from the cheapest supermarket (Dia, sponsor me pls), it's supposed to be a pilgrim, don't make it something easier than it already has been made in our days.

        >what did you previous think life was mostly limited to?
        I was a suicidal nihilist, now I'm just a nihilist.
        I just kinda accepted the nihilist part and embraced it, it's like how a doomer turns bloomer and the differences between, he's still aware of what the doomer is aware of, but he lives with it and finds meaning.
        I am still a doomer, a nihilist and know I won't find meaning anytime soon, but I live with it, embrace it, traveling played a big part of that realization, I don't need meaning, I just need to live to not miss out on things, my meaning is that I have no meaning.

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Did a month in Greece and Italy, wouldn't say I found myself, but I found out how much more there is to life.

    But, doing the Camino did have a life changing effect, I did find myself there.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Traveling to Western Europe as a teenager had a similar effect. I realized basically everything I valued was relative and based mostly on the geographical and temporal circumstances of my birth. It's quite a juvenile revelation but it had a lasting impression. The problem was that I became much too critical of the US afterwards. But still this feeling that most people are simply the products of their circumstances remains. You cannot know who you are without deeply examining those things that you believe to be true without a shadow of a doubt. That shadow is where all the trouble seems to lie.

      I also started staring at people a lot more because I went to Austria and all the old people in the mountain towns have laser eye contact for some reason.

      Ah missing Europe now ... that was a long time ago, 15 years. Haven't been back since.

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Only experiences that changed me within the span of a very short time were the traumatic ones: getting lost in a desert and thinking I was gonna die, crashing a motorbike in Bali and having to cope with the fallout with corrupt cops and an extortionist, mundane shit like missing the plane/boat/bus etc, crying for a while, and learning how to cope with disappointment.

    Btw, I live 10 minutes from where that photo was taken

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I found an Australian girl to put my peen in her mouth once

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Good for you

  5. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Train hopping thru the Mojave desert stones out of my gourd and not know what I was doing or where I was going

    I truly felt like a feather floating through the wind, going wherever the Lord decided I would go. It was scary and freeing. I ended up in shitty San Bernardino, but saw a really cool lenticular cloud over the California mountains coming into the city. For this Podunk East coast farm boy, seeing those towering snow capped mountains and palm filled valleys felt like entering a different country, I'll tell you hwat

  6. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Got a hemmorhoid in Mexico. Ended up rizzing a group of all girl german tourists and ended up sleeping in their dorm. We had drinking games, and then I choked one out in the cloudforest. Got a really cute lovey-dovey note spilling spaghetti as I was sleeping it off under the covers while she got ready for next leg of her journey. Walked away from a robbery at knife point in Colombia. Plenty more random stories...

    but what this ultimately resulted in was the crystallization of my self worth. After growing up a fat teenager (285lbs in high school), I lost weight down to 190. But I still felt inferior to others, going out and seeing the world and interacting with people helped me fully realize my own value.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Tell us about the robbery in Colombia

  7. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah I had a full body prostate orgasm while being held down and railed by a 6 foot tall ladyboy with a huge dick, in Thailand. I mean she really raped the frick out of me, it was awful at first then I was just cumming everywhere and turned into a total homosexual for her.

    Been chasing that high ever since with varying degrees of success.

    Would never have happened unless I got high in Thailand.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      hate to break it to you, learning you are a homosexual is not a life changing experience.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Of course it is you dumb Black person, figuring out your sexuality is one of the biggest possible experiences.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        he went to thailand ofc hes one. they all are.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's beautiful, like a modern fairytale come true.

  8. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think that international experience when I was young did have a significant impact on me. I sought out an international lifestyle and career, working in a bunch of different countries, learning a few languages, and enjoying cross-cultural experiences and communication in my home country.

    But there was never a single magic moment anywhere in particular that struck me like a bolt of lightning. I just gradually realized that my head was outwardly/globally focused on a lot of levels.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      For me, it didn't hit all at once. I had been travelling outside the US since I was little, but it was mostly with my parents and almost exclusively to Scandinavia (relatives) or the Caribbean. The real shock hit when I went on a trip to central Europe with my friend as a graduation present:

      >start in London (already been, meh)
      >get on the channel tunnel train
      >see rural Paris, notice the comfy ass country villages
      >get off at Gare du Nord and step onto the street
      >the whole place is fricking ludicrously dense, with bikes whizzing everywhere, horns blaring, people crowding the sidewalks
      >streets are narrow and maze-like, extremely fascinating to navigate without a map
      >have no prior plans for what to do or where to go, just enjoying the moment
      >didn't like Paris as a city, but was in love with the sheer historicity and scale

      Then I just saw the world differently as we continued through Alpine Europe. I know that it was a normie trip, but seeing the Old World without a chaperone for the first time started a new itch for me. Now I can't wait to go back and start exploring some more. My next goal is to travel across the pacific to either Japan, SEA, or Aus/NZ.

      The biggest mental shift was seeing my prior world as a mere speck in the face of the enormity of the rest of it. All my hometown bigshots just seemed... lackluster in the face of such a huge world. My perspective had zoomed out of the US microcosm that is my town, and I started thinking about the world rather than my locality.

      For some people it just never hits. It starts as a gradual shift in mentality and blossoms into a new unified perspective.

      >What is it that you found anon?
      1)God
      2) A plan forward to life, I was lost, didn't know what to do, being with your thoughts only, no computer, minimal phone, gives you a better idea of yourself and I found what my next phase in life is.
      3) A will to live
      But I do have to say, sleeping in luxurious places and stopping in a restaurant for all meals will not get you what you're looking for, I slept outside, carried my food from city to city as I only bought from the cheapest supermarket (Dia, sponsor me pls), it's supposed to be a pilgrim, don't make it something easier than it already has been made in our days.

      >what did you previous think life was mostly limited to?
      I was a suicidal nihilist, now I'm just a nihilist.
      I just kinda accepted the nihilist part and embraced it, it's like how a doomer turns bloomer and the differences between, he's still aware of what the doomer is aware of, but he lives with it and finds meaning.
      I am still a doomer, a nihilist and know I won't find meaning anytime soon, but I live with it, embrace it, traveling played a big part of that realization, I don't need meaning, I just need to live to not miss out on things, my meaning is that I have no meaning.

      >my meaning is that I have no meaning
      You graduated from midwitdom and have realized that your life's purpose is to just make it great. There's nothing else, after all. Might as well make the most of your blip in the universe.

      Got a hemmorhoid in Mexico. Ended up rizzing a group of all girl german tourists and ended up sleeping in their dorm. We had drinking games, and then I choked one out in the cloudforest. Got a really cute lovey-dovey note spilling spaghetti as I was sleeping it off under the covers while she got ready for next leg of her journey. Walked away from a robbery at knife point in Colombia. Plenty more random stories...

      but what this ultimately resulted in was the crystallization of my self worth. After growing up a fat teenager (285lbs in high school), I lost weight down to 190. But I still felt inferior to others, going out and seeing the world and interacting with people helped me fully realize my own value.

      The stories are what makes travelling worth it. People fricking love crazy/amazing stories.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        appreciate you anon, keep posting on this board pls

  9. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >finding yourself
    What does that even mean, lmao?

    If you mean living more consciously then yes, travel has made me more aware of my particular practices and traditions in life by seeing and participating in how people from other traditions live.

    In my home country I still often am bothered by things which do not really bother me when travelling, this has mostly to do with my own mentality though.

    As a final comment, if you travel as a modern pilgrim then yes, it helps you build character and """find yourself""" as you leave home behind to make yourself a new home elsewhere.
    >for me a pilgrimage is a multiday hike. Though I can't tell what your pilgrimage would be anon.

  10. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    i found my girlfriend while travelling if that counts

  11. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think I juat banged a dwarf.

  12. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto
    Was walking through the temple and suddenly noticed a line. The line was to ring a singing bowl and make a prayer took my shoes off, got in that line, and certainly had a very emotional transformative experience. Completely forgot all my anxieties.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto
      >Was walking through the temple and suddenly noticed a line. The line was to ring a singing bowl and make a prayer took my shoes off, got in that line, and certainly had a very emotional transformative experience. Completely forgot all my anxieties.
      You fricking cliché homosexual, this better be a bait or some shit you found on facebook, kek.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        You sound like someone who has no connection to spirituality in your life. I say this as an atheist I hope you find peace someday.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Not him but finding spirituality in a tourist trap because you rang a bell after waiting 20 minutes because fat german dudes had to ring it before you has to be a joke or something.

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            >historic temple
            >tourist trap
            It’s not the Needle or Skytree

  13. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I'm getting ENLIGHTOOOONED
    >MY CHAKRA IS OPOOOOONING

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      not my experience at all, i was a young college guy, I had a girl out of college, a career woman showing me around the most prominent temples in Tokyo. We traveled to Osaka together. I was told her next boyfriend, after I broke her heart, looked like me.
      >Thank you, Momo.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        you sound like a massive gay

  14. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    When i went to budapest i went out clubbing for the first time in my life as a 27 year old and brought home a german girl and banged her and its helped my confidence and self image a lot ever since

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I also did this. This exact experience at the same age and with a german girl lol wtf are you me?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Did you take her to Instant Fogas too

  15. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Have you "found yourself" whilst traveling
    No, I did the opposite, I LOST MYSELF IN THE MUSIC
    THE MOMENT I OWN IT
    I BETTER NEVER LET IT GO

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      giga basado

  16. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    yes
    2019, broke up with gf of 6 yrs, I went on a solo trip for 3 weeks
    >Austria
    >Italy
    >Slovenia
    >Hungary
    I fricked girls in each town I was in, after got back home, I just can't get into a new relationship because I realized I'm happy being alone and having FWBs when I want to frick someone (neighbors, coworkers, friends' gfs)

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      How do you frick that easy? Do you just let your dick out?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        >be attractive
        >be interesting

        do those and the world is your pussy

  17. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >or had a life changing experience?
    Does losing my virginity count?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      not when you pay for it

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Well I didn't pay for it.

  18. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I lost my virginity in Bogotá to a 42 year old Venezuelan divorcee when I was 27. I thought the condom broke because she came really hard all over me and she got mad and left. She emigrated to Florida the next day. I spent the next few weeks trying to put myself back together. Met my girlfriend there. That was nice.

    The first time I ever traveled on my own I cycled around Toronto Island. That was nice, too.

  19. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    No, travel epiphanies are fricking fake, stupid, and gay. I've only ever "found" myself after dealing with a personal crisis or traumatic event (self inflicted or otherwise). The part afterwards is the "do or die" phase and usually requires a lot of retrospection. You might encounter a crisis when you travel, I suppose.

  20. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Adventure travel + lots of sex can definitely induce epiphanies, generally it's a variation of "I should give less of a frick" in introverts, and in extroverts, I have no idea because I'm not one.

    But walking around the Met or the Louvre? Slim chance of really expanding your world view beyond "Wow, there's a lot of loot in here".

  21. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I found a lot of ignorance, mainly. A lot of ignorance. I have had to deal out so many ass kickings to punks who decided to get lippy with me while I was out and about. When you soul search, you'll find that some people have been created to irritate yours, and for that, you need to absolutely give them a thorough beating, and snap some spines in the process. All of the other bullshit is secondary.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >What the frick did you just fricking say about me, you little b***h? I'll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I've been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I'm the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the frick out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fricking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fricker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You're fricking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that's just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little "clever" comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fricking tongue. But you couldn't, you didn't, and now you're paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You're fricking dead, kiddo.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Prime example of a punk right here. This is exactly the type of chump I was talking about.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          >I have had to deal out so many ass kickings to punks who decided to get lippy with me while I was out and about.

          Ahahahahahaha
          No wonder you get so much shit if this is how you present yourself in public. Bullshit ass "don't mess with me bro" attitude, your a b***h go get shoved in a locker kid lol

  22. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Seeing the sun rise from behind Mt Everest probably changed me, at least for a bit.
    80% of my other trips that involve getting blackout drunk in European cities, no.

  23. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes.
    It wasn't the self I wanted to find when I first set out on my own nearly a decade ago. But it's the self I am stuck with.

  24. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    The ultimate life changing experiences are NDEs. And NDEs are unironically irrefutable proof that heaven really is awaiting us because (1) people see things during their NDEs when they are out of their bodies that they should not be able to under the assumption that the brain creates consciousness, and (2) anyone can have an NDE and everyone is convinced by it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U00ibBGZp7o

    So any atheist would be too, so pic related is literally irrefutable proof of life after death. As one NDEr pointed out:

    >"I'm still trying to fit it in with this dream that I'm walking around in, in this world. The reality of the experience is undeniable. This world that we live in, this game that we play called life is almost a phantom in comparison to the reality of that."

    If NDEs were hallucinations somehow then extreme atheists and neuroscientists who had NDEs would maintain that they were halluinations after having them. But the opposite happens as NDEs convince every skeptic when they have a really deep NDE themselves.

  25. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I can't think of any single experience that was life-changing, but traveling extensively has definitely given me a more holistic perspective and helped me better appreciate who I am and where I come from. It's also exposed me to interests and hobbies I'd have not otherwise explored, like motorcycling and learning certain languages.

    Probably the biggest benefit, at least when I was younger, was shedding my teenage autism. Took my first solo trip abroad when I was 19. At the time, I was a hardcore autist who had no interest in anything besides vidya, books, and masturbation. Couldn't talk to women, couldn't even small-talk with other guys. Getting out of my bubble and doing stupid shit like hitchhiking in Turkey and Iraq forced me stick my neck out, and I pretty quickly shed my self-consciousness and fear of rejection.

    I lived in India for a long time (and spent a year in Turkey, too). I took Hindi courses through undergrad, and private Turkish lessons in Istanbul. Ended up doing my graduate research on an India-specific topic that's one of my biggest passions and most consistent personal interests--something I'd never, ever have learned anything about if I hadn't actually gone out on a limb and lived there.

    I also met my wife overseas, so that's nice addition, kek.

    So travelling has definitely altered my life in a great many ways, but it more through gradual changes and shifts in perspective than having an epiphany or some shit.

  26. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    No because I’m intelligent enough to be self-aware and have had a strong sense of self since middle school

  27. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    i realized that i'm not autistic as i thought. i made friends in every city i visited and managed to keep in touch/meetup with them years later

  28. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I did 3 months in Europe and The Middle East with just my gf.
    Taught me to be confident in myself, take things in stride, stop and enjoy moments, that so much of the things I care about and that other people care about don't actually fricking matter, that my mum is an abusive butthole, that Australia is a soulless nation, that my gf is the one, that the worst things that happen while travelling make the best stories and that there's nothing more satisfying than speaking gobbledyasiatic to someone and they understand you and then they speak gobbledyasiatic back and you actually understand them.

  29. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Have you "found yourself" whilst traveling, or had a life changing experience?
    No, but it's helped me "reset" when I start feeling bored with myself. Something about a change of scenery and immersing yourself in novel experiences when life's become monotonous helps wake you up so to say.

  30. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    never "found myself" but my first international trip had an impact on me. The trip was to Rome and Barcelona, and at this point I've already traveled most of the US due to my job, I just remember these few things sticking to my mind.

    >Even though things are much different here people are still people.

    >Damn the Vatican is rich. If the conspiracy theorists who blame everything on the pope left their small and depressed towns to see it, they would probably double down.

    >The history of this world is almost too vast to comprehend (this feeling hit even harder when I visited the British museum the following year)

    > People like to shit on Americans for being ignorant (which we are) but hearing foreigners talk with such confidence about the US while being completely wrong showed me ignorance is everywhere and try your best to be humble and open to new information.

    About to do 3 months in Mexico so im hoping to learn even more

  31. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Maui last month. As a fat frick who had never really been to the ocean, I thought I could just get in and swim.

    Barely venture in from shore, huge wave knocks me down and starts throwing me around. I started drowning. Took two lifeguard guys to pull me back to land.

    I still have nightmares about the churning water thinking my life was about to end. I haven't really processed what this means for me yet except that it feels like it should be a life changing experience.

  32. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    god i fricking hate that sentence, stop this shit with "finding" anything and grow as a person

  33. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Id been raised atheist and god hating (boomer parents) but that all changed once I by chance visited Notre Dame during sunday service. It was such a powerful experience even watching from the sidelines that it sparked something in me that means I am now 100% there is a god and that the spiritual realm holds an insane amount of power for those who can tap into it. One of the most memorable experiences of my life. I came out of Notre Dame a different person that day.

  34. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I realized something
    >live in tropical island paradise
    >beach every weekend
    >made 7000 usd/year, plenty to live off of
    >had a business trip to Singapore, first time outside the country
    >life can be so much better with more money
    >eventually moved to Singapore, somehow ended up in Boston, then now settled in Tokyo
    Part of me wishes that I remained ignorant and just lived and died in that tiny island.

  35. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I learned how to actually have sex in Milan. I could fap, and blowjobs worked too, but I couldn't come from an actual intercourse before, because I just kept the pace and would go limp eventually.
    Anyway, I booked a 10/10 Russian girl in Milan. She was super cute, and also new to this, so kind of naive, and she came twice while we were doing it. I only realized later that she actually came, and that I need to do the same if I want to come too (basically start going really fast at the end).
    She said she said she's just going to do two weeks of this and never again, she'll go home afterwards. I sometimes check the site if she's back for more, but no.

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