I’ve considered myself a backpacker for 13 years and I want to share my experience as to what it gave me and the pitfalls of it. I’m mostly writing this article to turn the page into a new chapter of my life, and if someone else gets value from it, then so be it.

First, I’m being very careful not to use the word ‘transcending’. Transcending means to avoid something. Whenever you transcend something, such as transcending sexuality or transcending money, you disconnect from a part of yourself. Here I will talk about outgrowing, which is taking what works about something and correcting the aspects that no longer serve me.

Ever since I was 19, I have been traveling all around the world. I lived in Finland, Sweden, France, Spain, Hungary, Thailand, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Canada, and traveled to Norway, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Andorra, Portugal, Italy, Laos, Myanmar, Belize, China and United States. I speak French, English, Spanish, Thai, a little bit of Swedish and a few words of a bunch of other languages. You can consider that I’m an experienced traveler and I know what I’m talking about. For those who think I’m lucky, this has nothing to do with luck. I simply made the decision.

Let’s about about what I got from such travels. I got to learn many different cultures that have ways of thinking, beliefs and values that are completely different from anything I had ever seen back home. This stretched my mind into new ways …Read More

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