I’m back on South African soil after a wonderful holiday in Athens and Dubai.
While I am disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to visit the stunning Greek islands, it was a good learning experience for me to step out of my comfort zone and explore two brand new cities.
I couldn’t resist some Sephora shopping and ended up buying more beauty goodies than I should have, so much so, that my suitcase burst its seams on my return flight. Fortunately, nothing was missing and the good people at Emirates repaired it for me, but more on my beauty haul later…
This post is a reflection on everything I learnt on my trip, and I’m hoping that by reading it, you’ll also learn something new.
- You are never too young or too old to travel the world
A trip to a country you’ve never been to before is one of the few things that you can buy that will actually make you richer – richer in knowledge, richer in culture, and richer in self-awareness. You’ll meet new people, experience a completely different culture, see breathtaking sites, and learn a lot about yourself along the way. Take every opportunity you get to travel, you’ll never regret it. The wanderlust bug has bitten me, and I can’t wait for my next adventure!
- If you are planning on travelling with a friend/partner, make sure that you know them very well first
Travelling with someone else is definitely a make or break experience. You’ll either live well together and your bond will strengthen or you’ll realise how incredibly different you are. Your travel partner is likely to reveal their true colours in the way that they react to everyday stresses, such as being late for a train, or even while unwinding on a beach. Oh, and when someone shows you who they really are, believe them the first time.
- Sudocrem is a lifesaver
My travel buddy suffered from a heat rash on her legs and she bought a tub of nappy rash cream to relieve it, which I turned my nose up to being a so-called beauty expert and all. A few days later, my face had a nasty allergic reaction to a face cream I started testing as recommended to me by a newly-found Greek friend. I had to bite my tongue when the afore-mentioned Sudocrem completely healed the angry-looking breakout after a couple days of use. I am now looking for a tub of my own for future skin emergencies, but can’t seem to find it anywhere.
- Sometimes all you need is a break
Life can be overwhelming at times, and juggling work, family, friends, and hobbies leaves very little time for self-reflection. A getaway, even for a weekend, will do wonders for clearing your mind and recharging your batteries. I’ll admit, I’m finding it hard to get back into the swing of things, but I’m sure that soon enough I’ll be more motivated to work hard than before I left.
- Comparing yourself to others is a waste of the person that you are
I did a bit of modelling while I was away, and while I’ll never do this as a career, I do enjoy it as a hobby. However, a big part of the modelling world that I dislike is the pressure for perfection. If you are anything like me, you’ll walk into a room of gorgeous models and start comparing yourself to them. ‘I’m not skinny like her!’ ‘She has better clothing/skin/legs than me!’ But let me give you some inside information, the most beautiful girls are often the most insecure. When you realise that everyone has hang-ups and someone out there would kill for your ——– (insert your best feature here), it’s much easier to silence that harsh critic inside your head.
All in all, I would say that travelling is a humbling experience. I realised that my worries and troubles are actually insignificant in comparison to the huge, beautiful world that we live in.
Here are some snapshots of my trip:
I would love to hear your travel stories.
The Fashion Fox