Victoria, AusOne day I decided to leave take a leap and travel full time.Marina Nazario

Travel can be daunting. And I don’t mean a two week holiday to a Caribbean island because that’s just straight-up relaxing. I mean long-term travel where you strap on a backpack and hit the road for months on end. I would read travel blogs and stories of people quitting their job to travel continuously, yet I always questioned the logistics of it all. What about money? Is it safe out there? How do they plan their itinerary? Do they get lonely? Those thoughts proved to me just how scared I actually was of going out into the world on my own.

Until one day, I stopped over-thinking it. I got a one-way ticket to Asia and here I am six months later: A way more confident person. Here’s how travel changed me for the better.