Hi there, it´s Markus. In this post, I want to share my story of how I got to the place and mindset of where I am today.
During my high school years, I was quite hesitant with traveling and I only did it once or twice per year with my family. Although we even flew to exotic destinations mainly in Asia, I was never particularly interested in other cultures. What mostly appealed to me were nice beaches but nothing more.
Then I have gotten myself into some major events that would change the way I viewed traveling. I had the chance to participate in an exchange program in the US and spend an entire month there just with a host family. Quite a challenging situation to be faced as a 15yr old. But I enjoyed the whole experience way more than I had ever dreamed of! I even told my mom that I do not want to come back to Germany. I had so many new-found friends, learnt new ways of living and spend a great deal of my time in the nature.
So trip showed me that a challenging situation abroad is not easy to deal with but once you manage it, you will have the time of your life!
Partly due to this one month experience I decided that I want to pursue an international career and therefore I started studying International Business with Andre in 2014.
One of the other major events was my semester abroad in Australia. It does not get any further away from Germany. I had surely one of the best times in my life yet! Andre and I got close friends during the amazing time down under. We traveled a lot, did crazy things – probably best summed up in our weekend trip to Tokyo, Japan we booked from Australia (it’s a 9 hour flight one way!).
The most recent life changing travel experience was a 3-month internship in Argentina, also pretty far away from home. The more challenging thing there was not to manage life in a metropolitan city on my own but the conquer the language barrier because I pretty much sucked in Spanish before I got to Buenos Aires. Still I managed it slowly but surely and meet incredible people during my journey. I immediately loved their hospitality, attitude towards life and their open-mindedness.
Basically, it can be said that traveling changed my life. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and was enriched by unforgettable experiences, new friends from all over the world and an exciting lifestyle. I highly encourage everyone to take some time to travel the world. It will change your perspective. You will grow as a person.
Travels change you. For the better.