Sometimes the only way to really find yourself is to leave everything behind, even if only for a little while. You can do this by setting off on a road trip, heading out into the open water on a boat, flying off to a foreign country, or hiking off into the sunset. The important components are movement and exploration to help shake free any of the limiting beliefs and paradigms which are keeping you stuck.
Funding Your Expedition
Finding the time and money to make it possible to explore the world and yourself is an obstacle that many initially think is insurmountable. However, with a bit of creativity, it is possible to find the money you need to fund your self exploration. Many banks and credit unions have loan programs for vehicles other than cars and trucks. You could get a loan for an RV to facilitate your dream of a nomadic lifestyle or a boat loan that would allow you to escape from the hustle and bustle of life on land every weekend.
What does a boat loan look like? It and RV loans are very similar to more traditional vehicle loans. The most popular types of loans across all categories tend to be fixed-rate loans although there may also be variable rate and balloon payment loan options. Most lenders will require a down payment and terms will depend greatly on your credit rating.
What if you don’t want to make a big purchase on an item? If you prefer destination experiences it might not make sense to purchase a boat or an RV. Instead, you may need to fund a vacation or even a move to a different part of the country. Personal lines of credit or a credit card can help with that but if you want to fund it in full without debt, that is also a possibility. One of the easiest ways to do this while also furthering your own self-development is to go through all of your belongings and begin to downsize. This will help you focus on what is most important to you at this moment and will provide resources which can be sold to further your exploration.
Deciding Where to Go
Choose a location that truly speaks to you at a deep level. If that means being around hundreds of thousands of people at an amusement park filled with thrill rides, then pack your bags and get ready to jump on a roller coaster. If it means time at an exclusive spa retreat on the ocean, plan it and leave behind the stress of your daily life.
If the only time you really feel alive is when you are on the water facing away from the shore with nothing but yourself and the ocean around you; go on a cruise, purchase a boat, or charter a sail. There are ways to accommodate your personal preferences at virtually any financial level. The hard part is deciding where you want to get lost to find yourself because that is different for each person and requires personal reflection to accurately identify.
Getting lost in yourself and away from everyone else doesn’t have to mean taking weeks or months off to wander. As you work your way up to more elaborate trips, consider starting with a weekend getaway. Go to a local state or national park and explore nature. This has a low price point and nature has been well documented to relieve stress and offer inspiration.
Other options include simply finding time to do things on your own that encourage your imagination to roam. Things that fill you with inspiration and make you reevaluate your parameters of what is possible. This could be as simple as attending a live music event, strolling through an art exhibit, walking through a local park at lunch, or taking an afternoon to go skydiving. Anything that takes you out of your routine and makes you engage with life in a different way has the potential to do wonders for your perspective and understanding of yourself.
If you’ve realized you have a fundamental need to get away from it all and tune into yourself, find a way to make it happen. Start small and work your way up to bigger adventures or longer spans of time until you find what you’ve been looking for in yourself and the world around you.