Travel Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Have you ever been on a business trip and never left your hotel or the convention center? Or perhaps you did get out of the hotel, but sadly it was for the preplanned corporate events you were forced to attend. I certainly have been guilty of falling victim to this from time to time. I totally get it. Your exhausted, maybe a bit stressed, dehydrated and just want to decompress with a soft bed, bad tv and room service. The problem with it is that nothing different ever happens to you. You don't meet anyone new, you don't find the local, crack in the wall restaurant with the best tamales on the planet and you certainly don't go home with a great story.

Traveling in and of itself is uncomfortable. So perhaps on your next trip, you should use the occasion and embrace all things uncomfortable.  

During a year spent abroad, we forced ourselves into all sorts uncomfortable experiences and can most confidently say that we are the better for it. Here are a few choice pictures that captured the essence and serendipity of traveling beyond your comfort zone.

We convinced some good friends and some folks who we didn't really know all that well to tackle the highest mountain in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro. Everyone summited safely and we all made some of the best friends in our lives through the seriously uncomfortable climb.

We convinced some good friends and some folks who we didn't really know all that well to tackle the highest mountain in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro. Everyone summited safely and we all made some of the best friends in our lives through the seriously uncomfortable climb.

I like spicy food, but this was probably the spiciest curry in Thailand. The experience was more painful than uncomfortable, but at least I had a few spectators cheering me on to finish the bowl. Talk about an unforgettable dish!

I like spicy food, but this was probably the spiciest curry in Thailand. The experience was more painful than uncomfortable, but at least I had a few spectators cheering me on to finish the bowl. Talk about an unforgettable dish!

My uncle said I should meet this guy named Oliver (in the middle). My uncle said he was cool in a weird way, lived in Vietnam and about 20 years older than me. I was suspicious. He and his wife are some of our best friends now. 

My uncle said I should meet this guy named Oliver (in the middle). My uncle said he was cool in a weird way, lived in Vietnam and about 20 years older than me. I was suspicious. He and his wife are some of our best friends now. 

A friend we met at our guest house in Thailand said we should try something different and convinced us to sign up for Muay Thai lessons. We got our butts kicked more than a few times by people half our size, but we made some great friends in the process.

A friend we met at our guest house in Thailand said we should try something different and convinced us to sign up for Muay Thai lessons. We got our butts kicked more than a few times by people half our size, but we made some great friends in the process.

After volunteering at an elephant sanctuary together shoveling dumbo dung, we stayed in touch and always found a way to get a meal together on the road. Here we are in Vietnam grilling mystery meat.

After volunteering at an elephant sanctuary together shoveling dumbo dung, we stayed in touch and always found a way to get a meal together on the road. Here we are in Vietnam grilling mystery meat.

All of these experiences only came from embracing the uncomfortable. What are you waiting for!?

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The Sweat Social Team