An Investment in Yourself: A Plane Ticket
At the end of May I graduated from the University of Delaware with Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in International Business. I loved all 4 years of this experience, but even as it came to the end I still felt like there was more to learn. Not just in terms of marketing, but in terms of myself. Though I learned the ins and outs of marketing, I am still not sure it is for me, nor do I know what is. As graduating was nearing, people asked me what I was passionate about, and to do whatever that is. The only thing I could think of was travel. I love learning about cultures and seeing what else there is beyond the walls of my small town’s bubble. So I did exactly that. I booked a one way ticket to Bali.
Travel is not a reward for working, but the most valuable and impactful form of education for life
Traveling is an investment in yourself. It is an investment in yourself to learn more about the world. It is an investment in yourself to find happiness. It is an investment in yourself to take advantage of everything a country has to offer. It is an investment to learn more about yourself.
My intentions behind coming on a trip with Life Before Work was to meet like-minded people, but also get comfortable with the area before living in this country on my own. I am two weeks into the trip and feel confident now with traveling on my own. LBW gave me the lay of the land and the information I needed to thrive.
Solo traveling is a scary thing, but the best way to learn about yourself. Not only am I becoming more confident in navigating Bali, but I am becoming more confident in myself. Things that mattered at home, no longer matter to me. When we are young children, it is easy for us to say what we do and don’t like. As you grow older, these things become harder to differentiate between. My investment was in a plane ticket to teach myself how to love myself and to teach myself how to maintain confidence in myself through pursuing the things that I love.
We hiked Mount Batur and this was my favorite activity we did on this trip thus far. We woke up at 1:00am for a 2.5 hour hike to the top of an active volcano for the sunrise. It turns out, I LOVE hiking. Traveling found me something that makes me happy and I plan to continue as a hobby. I have been watching my LBW group have similar experiences. A group went scuba diving, even though quite a few of them were horrified. Not one person came back regretting their decision to go, and all of them wanted to do it again. Without travel they wouldn’t have known how much they would enjoy diving and become so passionate about how there is another beautiful life other than what’s above land.
On another note, I have found myself to be even more outgoing than I thought I was. I strike up conversations with locals and other travelers without any fear of how they might react. In doing so, I have learned even more about the culture and advice from fellow travelers. It has made me realize how I much I want to work with people, but also how much I enjoy learning about culture; both of which may be things I want to focus on in my future profession.
Though booking a one-way ticket may have been one of the most nerve-racking things I have done in my life, it has also been the most rewarding. So if I have any advice to a college graduate with no idea what they want to do after college; invest in yourself. Go buy a plane ticket.
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