Central America: What I learnt along the way

My 6 weeks in Central America truly helped me to grow as a person and has given me a lot of time to reflect upon life.

1- No plan is the best plan
If you know me from home you will know that I am a pretty high stress person, everything I do is meticulously planned and organised. But letting go of my type A behaviours really was the best thing I could have done, it allowed me to go along with an amazing group of people and visit places I had never imagined! It also showed me…

2 – Everything always works out for the best
I arrived on Caye Caulker with no accommodation and had just found out it was a public holiday so all search engines showed that no accommodation was available. Pssssh what does the internet know, as soon as I stepped off the boat I had 2 people ask if I needed a place to stay! I had many similar experiences on the trip which have shown me that there is no need to stress when something doesn’t seem to be working out, because will always work out, someway, somehow.

3 – Australia is a lucky country
I have met people from all over the world (developed and developing countries) and after talking with them about their country’s political/social/economic situation I have realised how lucky I am to be Australian. I wish everyone would realise that we have some of the best public health care, employment and education systems in the world (Denmark do seem to rival us though). Talk to an American just to see how lucky we are or go to Guatemala and see how the unemployed live.

4 – I wish I knew another language
Travelling though Europe without knowing a language was pretty easy. Travelling through Central America when you don’t know spanish is another story. I wish as a child/teenager that schools had pushed us to learn another language, it is such a useful skill. Contrary to popular belief English is not the only language out there and by assuming that I can always get around because I speak English is selfish. If someone came to Australia we would expect them to know a bit of English, so why isn’t it the same when English-speaking people travel? Therefore my new bucket list item is: learn to speak another language!

5 – One if the greatest parts of travelling is meeting other travellers
The amount of amazing, like-minded, fun, interesting people I met in such a short time astounds me. Each person taught me something new and helped shaped my amazing experience. I am so grateful to have crossed paths with all these people who I know I will be coming across again (funnily enough I just got back from Maryland where I visited Cody and Cori who I met in Guatemala). If you go travelling, stay in hostels and socialise! I can guarantee you will meet more amazing people in 1 week then you have met in the past year.

6 – Everyone should have a solo adventure
Sure going to a place you don’t know with no plans and no clue on how to speak the language can be scary BUT it is one of the best things you will ever do. And honestly you never really will be alone, I was alone for 30minutes at a bus stop and then for the 30minute taxi ride in San Pedro Sula. But making a trip alone gives you the freedom to choose what you want to do, where you want to go and who you want to be around.

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