It's no surprise that we might think of travelling to well known and far away places when we think of having an adventure. This kind of travel is an adventure when it challenges us. It can challenge us as our senses are confronted by images and sounds that are new to us. Images such as the Eiffel Tower can be familiar yet new at the same time. This can be difficult to fathom and lead to a feeling that could only be described as surreal.
There is a lot to learn and discover about new places and this can help us feel like we are on a grand adventure. People may talk differently yet dress and appear similar. Your own culture and ways of being might be starkly obvious in some ways but not in others. You can feel more of an Australian than you do when at home. You are in a constant state of noticing what is new and different and making comparisons to home. This is one way for our overwhelmed brains to make sense of so much information.
There is something about overseas travel that might leave us feeling uncertain, even a bit overwhelmed at times. Travelling alone can deepen this feeling. That sense that you are a long way from home, from your usual support systems, your usual ways of doing things. You can feel strong and confident by knowing that whatever arises you will be able to deal with.
Having this kind of adventure can help to heighten our senses when we arrive home again. We notice things we had taken for granted before. We appreciate the things we really love about our own place and lives. The comfort of our routines and day to day lives can return and we can feel a sense of balance again. We can start to plan and look forward to the next big adventure while also appreciating the little adventures that occur each day.
A life without adventures could be seen as a life unfulfilled. A life not lived to the full. Of course adventures come in all shapes and sizes. What is an adventure to one person might not be seen as an adventure to others. An adventure overseas may not be desired by some people. They may find enough adventure in their own day to day lives and not feel like an overseas trip is necessary to gain that feeling of newness and excitement.
Perhaps it doesn't matter where the adventure takes place but rather than an adventure happens. After all that sense of unpredictability and energy that comes from something being new and interesting can happen anywhere and at any time. We just need to be ready for it.