Comfort Zone: Family Travel OUT of the zone

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  1. ahaha unfortunately I have always been and probably will always be a bit of a wild child….and so..the para-sail experience sounds like a good story to me…ahaha those are always my favorites

    • NatalieTanner says:

      As long as you live to tell the story, right? LOL!! What is something you have tried outside your comfort zone? Dare I ask the wild child??? LOL!

  2. karla says:

    I love how you encourage people to travel outside of their comfort zone.

    I like the part where you debate about which to do and which not to do. If you travel in Asia I bet you’ll question a lot of those YES and NOs but ultimately, it’s best to try out new things but also check for your safety! 🙂

  3. Love this post! I think it can be so tempting to just leap outside of your comfort zone on vacation but that’s not always the safe thing to do! My sister lives in Haiti and although the main mode of transportation there are motos it would be really unsafe for me to drive one because driving there is sooo different than here in the states! So even though I want to experience the cultural, it’s probably not a wise thing for me to do!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      I appreciate you stopping by! Good thinking! We have to keep our smarts about us even during wonderful adventures!! A visit to Haiti sounds really interesting. What was your favorite part?

  4. As someone who is still convinced that they are 29 (or younger?!) I loved this post! I think it’s easy to throw caution to the wind when travelling but when you stop and think ‘would I really go bungee jumping on this too-short bridge with this too-long piece of rope if I was back home’ and the answer is no, then it should be ‘no’ when you’re travelling too 🙂

  5. lesleycarter says:

    When I first started reading this post, I was like “whatever. Just do it!” Then as I read more, I found myself totally agreeing with your points like “Hire an ATV without a roll bar or helmets. No Way” That one especially got me. I still push the limits but I do consider the consequences and question the safety.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      LOl! I have experiences like that all the time where I start off reading a post with one idea and change it by the end! Thanks for stopping by. Have you ever chosen something you wished you hadn’t?

  6. Awesome post! I think I can relate to this and wish I had read it before my own experiences in Australia.
    I was a bit daunted by a scuba dive but wanted to do one. My mates wanted too do one so I went along. I decided too do it as millions of people do and its pretty safe. Well, loved it! One of the best experiences of my life.
    My mates also wanted to rent motorbikes on an Magnetic Island. They both had lots of experiences on bikes but I never driven one in my life. I didn’t really want to but I decided to rent one and keep up. I did ok until I had an off, at speed and bashed myself up pretty badly. Lesson learnt. Tarmac: 1. My Face: 0.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Ouch! Thankfully those injuries are the kind that you can recover from and tell the tale! I’ve heard several like that one – motorbikes and scooters look like such fun around a gorgeous vacation spot. So tempting. What would you tell others to do in that case? All your mates are going to do something – how do you get out of that? What do you do while they are off?

  7. Well said!! We are always trying to immerse ourselves in a culture and live like locals, but it’s not always easy, safe or possible like you said. There are many ways to experience a country and a culture! We sometimes end up in local fast food restaurants or coffee chains and there inevitably is the thought that we SHOULDN’T be there, that we should be eating local food and then we look around and see the place is FULL of locals and figure we’re eating exactly like they do some of the time anyway!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      LOL! That is a great way to look at it. When visiting Madrid, we ate breakfast locally but then as we were walking to our destination we encountered a Starbucks. We went it for some coffee for the road and the place was full of locals! 🙂

  8. twoscotsabroad says:

    When in Rome, I agree! I did a hammam bath too. It was hilarious! They put a green face mask on my Mum, Dad and cousin and called them Princess Fiona, Shrek and The Incredible Hulk. Oh how we laughed.

  9. Joeography says:

    Lots of great things to consider here. I like to say “You only live once, so get out there and enjoy life, but be smart about it!”

  10. Chris says:

    Some solid advice! Also make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re doing (don’t be peer pressured and also think of the ethical consequences), but most of all, if you’re not having fun, walk away! 🙂

  11. tamarasw says:

    Nice post! I agree you don’t want to go so far out of you comfort zone that you get hurt or put yourself in danger. But it’s great to have new experiences!

  12. Sanket D. says:

    Yes; totally! This is the first thing I tell friends when they tell me about their first trip as an independent traveler. I mean, sure, things can go wrong at times, but you know I’ve learned over time, this is what makes some of the best stories too. And if you don’t have great stories to tell, then what on earth have you got anyway?

  13. It’s always good to travel outside your comfort zone. It’s all about experience and just living life in general. It’s better to just do it than look back and regret on not taking the chance. By the way that’s awesome that you got to experience all of that 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thanks! We try to savor the local experiences when we travel. They say you only regret the things you didn’t do….. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

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