In 2005, I was in a slump—don’t get me wrong, I had a great family, awesome friends, and was doing well in university, but something was missing. I wasn’t sure what it was, but the way I decided to find out was by packing my bags and leaving the country! When I first proposed the idea of going on an exchange to Australia, my family didn’t think I would go through with it. They knew me well (or thought they did). I had always been really intimidated by change, but now I wanted to overcome my fear. I suddenly had something to prove.
After over a year away, I came home and felt good that I had gone to the other side of the planet and survived (more like thrived!). And I knew I could do it again… so I did. After a short time at home, I moved to England and spent every spare moment discovering Europe. Then I went on to teach English in Korea. And after that? I backpacked through Asia and marvelled as the things I had known only through a National Geographic magazine came to life.
Through travel, everything that made me “me” was suddenly so much BIGGER. I somehow became even more outgoing, more confident, and surer of my opinions and convictions. I knew I could survive so long as I understood that change didn’t mean discomfort. It meant opportunity!
I also learned that change makes me open my eyes wider, keeps life interesting, and makes me feel like I am not wasting a single moment… And it all started with one little step in the right direction.
P.S. Love to travel? Not so sure? You might just be ready for your BIG change! The Go Global Expo has everything you need to inspire your next adventure…
Ingle’s student team will be there. Come see us!
Toronto: September 21-22
Montreal: September 28
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