Originally Posted by amduk
What is anyone else's experience of travelling, leaving the bubble you grew up in and how it changed you?
Welcome to the boards, amduk.
To your point: I took a solitary around-the-world trip many years ago after a heart-wrenching separation and divorce. (Divorce: n. Latin for "ripping a man's heart out through his wallet")
I came back months later a changed man.
I left as politically conservative, I returned as liberal.
I left as broken. I returned as whole.
I left as virtually penniless. OK, so I returned penniless too...
I left believing that nobody would ever want me as a man, lover, even husband. I returned to find an abundance of beautiful, desirable women.
I left knowing, or caring, little about what happened beyond borders. I returned with a newfound respect for a wide array of cultures.
I left not knowing what to do with the rest of my life. I returned with the same question, but came back with newfound vigor.
I left fearful. I returned confident. Got laid, too.