People really are creatures of habit. We like to go back to the same places we’ve been to before, eat the same food we grew up with, and hang around with friends who are often a lot like us. We’re more at ease in familiar surroundings and feel as though we have greater control when we’re following an established routine. We may pass a gazillion Starbucks locations on our way to work, but we always stop at the same one.
Welcome to your comfort zone.
Traveling within your comfort zone is about maximizing your pleasure while minimizing the risks involved in doing and seeing new things. That often means only vacationing in countries that speak your language or sticking with a tour group. It also means, however, that you could be missing out on some of the best things traveling has to offer such as unique experiences that lie off the beaten tourist track. Local cuisine and exotic meals. And most of all, truly interesting stories to tell your friends when you get home.
Tips to Expanding Your Comfort Zone If you want to push the boundaries of the familiar and wander outside your comfort zone, here are a few things to get you started.
Traveling outside your comfort zone doesn’t have to involve jumping out of planes or backpacking in the wilderness. It’s about increasing your capacity for embracing the unknown and discovering that the greatest adventures always happen just out of sight of the tour group.