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How will travelling change YOU?

For Sydney backpackers, travelling is one of the most enriching experiences and can lead to all kinds of personal growth.  Seeing new places and meeting new people can change a person in so many ways. When you return home you are certain to see the world in a brand new light! 

We asked several backpackers in Sydney how travelling has changed them. You may relate to some of their answers or perhaps find inspiration for your future adventures. Leaving your home town and arriving in a brand new place really teaches us a few things about ourselves. Sometimes it’s easy to get complacent or to have the ‘big fish in a small pond’ mentality when you only stay in a place you know. Travelling really pushes us beyond our comfort zones by putting us in a place we don’t know, where we have to be confident to meet new people. It also enriches us by teaching us about people in other walks of life. In addition, you can be the girl (or guy) with the cool accent for once in your life (and who doesn’t want to be the person with the cool accent?)

Meeting locals is a great way to understand a place. Ask questions so when you return home you can be an expert on another country. Your friends and family will be so excited to learn a few new things on a place they haven’t been to. You might even learn a new language on your travels!

One of the best things about staying in hostels like the Jolly Swagman Backpackers in Sydney is that, not only do you get to meet locals on your travels, you also get to meet backpackers from other countries. You can never learn too much and staying at a backpackers hostel gives you the opportunity to ask people questions about other parts of the world. You may even make a new friend you can stay with on your next adventure.

Sometimes we all hit crossroads in life or feel like we don’t know where we are going. Travelling can also help us sort through these questions so we can return home with answers and new perspectives. Whatever the reason for your travels, seeing a new place is certain to change you in wonderful ways. How will travelling change you?