When Travel Changed My Life


Upon my traveling time, I realized there are some changes happened inside me whether it's positive or negative, mostly positive of course, back again to perceptions. Okay, so here are the five changes:

1. Hedonist to Minimalist
Likely all normal girls who care about their appearances, I was just one of them who loved to go shopping. I could spend much money just to buy new outfits, wear it to campus, or malls while hanging out with friends. I do love traveling at that time and bring different kind of clothes because I normally go only for few days. During this year, when I started to travel for longer time within a month, even three months, I decided to bring just few light comfortable clothes with me. Since then, I never do shopping anymore because I realized all the clothes I bought were useless. I'm more simple now, minimalist, and of course, saved a lot of money. Even my friend asked me why I always wear the same shirts in some of my photos, haha.

2. No hurry, Be flexible
I was such an annoying traveler I guess back at that time. I always stick to my plan, traveling in rush because I wanted to visit as many place/object as possible within a short travel period. I could still remember when I scolded my friend because we planned to go hiking on 4 p.m., turns out he showed up at 9 p.m. without any notification. Well, I knew it's his fault and I had rights to be angry, but after I rewind my memory back, I felt stupid and guilty that I shouldn't scold him like that. Probably he had important things to do. So, lessons learned. Don't expect/depend to much from other people. In addition, I planned longer travel period, so I can be more relax, flexible, and considerate when meeting other travelmates.

3. Watch out, It's addictive!
Is it happened to everyone or only me? Since I started to travel, I'm so addicted and no way for me to stop traveling. I really want to see the world out there, I'm totally freaking fall into this traveling zone. Traveling always been a good experience, somehow I felt that I'm in my own comfort zone. What I think is always traveling and traveling. My parents are so worried about me because I don't want to pursue any career, I don't want to be bounded in marriage, I don't want to have house, or car, which are not normal in Asian countries. All I want is only traveling and see different view, different culture. So,......

4.  Big NO to Racism
To be honest, I admit I was a racist, so sorry to say this. It all started since I was a child where the environment I lived was full of bullying, intimidating, insulting, and harassment to Chinese people, minority in Indonesia. I grew up in a mindset that all these indigenous Indonesian people are all bad guys, sorry again. We were isolated in our own private school, mostly all my friends are Chinese and I rarely had Indonesian friend. Maybe some. I wasn't such a fanatic hater but I tried to avoid and didn't trust any of them. When I went to university, I started to hang out with Indonesian, and when I traveled, I had more local friends to travel with. I met so many nice humble local people. I love how they treat me as a family. This gap inside me and toward these people was slowly vanishing. I respect them fully from my heart. There are bad people and good people but we can't judge them in overall just because one guy mistakes.

5. I LOVE INDONESIA !
Until the age of 18, I never like my own country, Indonesia at all. My nationalism was so poor until I really wanted to move to another country. As I mentioned before, having such a bad environment during childhood, injustice to the poor and minority, corruption, politic riots, everything, I never see any good things on my own country. It all changed when I travel. I'm so in love with the nature we have in Indonesia. I met so many lovely charming local people. I saw many positive things in my life. Even though there are still many aspects to be fixed by the government, now I can loudly say, I'm proud to be Indonesian!


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