Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Here it is the New Year again- 2020- and a new decade! Once again we are setting goals and making resolutions.  For many people those resolutions or goals may involve travel, perhaps travelling to a destination they have always wanted to see, or to a resort at which they have always wanted to stay, or that river cruise they have always promised themselves. Perhaps you have promised yourself this is the year you will begin stepping outside of your comfort zone.

What is your comfort zone?  And what does it mean to you to move outside of your comfort zone when it come to travel?

Gros Morne NP, Newfoundland

For some, it simply means heading to a new destination within North America- think of exploring Canada for Canada’s 150th birthday.

Iguazu Falls

For others, exploring a new continent is that step outside your comfort zone- Europe if you have never been, or travelling to Africa or South America to experience very different cultures.

And perhaps travelling without your husband on your own may be that giant step outside your comfort zone- or heading out on your own without friends……..

Whatever it is, people have different ways of “stepping outside their comfort zones”.  

Whatever that step involves, we may not always enjoy the experience when it is happening, but, looking back, we have to admit:

  • This is where the growth happens.
  • This is where the solutions are.
  • This is where fulfillment resides.

Michael Hyatt’s description of Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone describes seven steps to maximize this process. He describes in another blog how travel can transform your life…..”wreck and transform” is the way he puts it….

I was so impressed with this article, that I thought I really had to include key points here- with kudos to Michael Hyatt!

Acknowledge the value of stepping outside of your comfort zone.

Lean into the experience- enjoy the discomfort…..

Notice your fear- but don’t be controlled by it……often pushing through it means the difference between success and failure…..

Don’t over-think it- you will never see the entire path ahead- as long as you see the next step, that is what is important

Play full out- jump in with both feet and give it your all…….

Celebrate the victory- recognize that victory and the people that helped you achieve it….

Pause to reflect- what went well?  What did you enjoy?  What would you change?

In South Africa at a Wildlife Refuge

For me, travel is one way of stepping outside my comfort zone.  What would constitute stepping outside your comfort zone? If you are willing to give it a try, contact me today to help you plan your “outside your comfort zone trip”!

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Scotland…..

1-EI (1)Did you know in the 2006 Canadian Census an incredible 4.7 million Canadians said that they were of Scottish origin. At the time, the entire population of Scotland was just under 5.2 million. Wow…….there is a reason so many Canadians enjoy travelling to Scotland, or have it on their must see list!

Throw in the popularity of Outlander, and here is a country that is on many travellers’ list. If you are planning a trip to Scotland, here are a couple of important points to remember…..

Weather!
Peak tourist season runs from mid-May through mid-September. City museums stay open year-round, but some tourist sites such as castles and historic houses close from November to Easter. You can get some excellent deals in spring and fall; weather can be pleasant and crowds are not as intense.

The Scottish climate is extreme; there is often a combination of all four seasons in a 24-hour period. Winter nights are very long, as are summer days. Summer temperatures can linger in the 60s, sometimes the 70s or 80s, with dry spells lasting a week or two. Winter sees lots of rain, snow depending on latitude, and icy, sharp winds. Spring and fall are on the cool side; again, expect rain.

Transportation
Scotland is a country of beautiful scenery, and to really appreciate that scenery, ideally car rental is best. Barring that there are tours of all sorts, from those arranged by the locals which are small and personal, to those wishing to stick to a strict budget.

If you drive, remember that you are on the opposite side of the road- but no worries- a day should be about the time it will take to adjust. Roads can be extremely narrow- but you can get to places you would not otherwise see in a tour- plus your time is your own.

As well, consider getting a Britrail pass and exploring that way…….perhaps not quite the same freedom, but still a good way to see the country.

If travelling to Scotland is on your list, send me an email or give me a call- 226-927-4061.  I can research and book your trip to give you a most memorable experience!

 

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