If you’re a traveler like me, every trip is an opportunity to push beyond the comfort zone. Long solo trips are my favorite and they’ve taken me across the U.S., Europe and Asia and away from home anywhere from 5 weeks up to 6 months. Yet I find that the most challenging place to overcome my comfort zone is at home. Daily life can be mundane. It’s easy to settle into the same work routine, veg out on the couch, or just nap an afternoon away. So shake it up! I think it’s entirely possible to feel the same exhilaration as getting on a plane or trekking up a mountain in our non-traveling lives. Push yourself at the gym, start a new dance or language class, or go to a new restaurant -- alone. I try and think of one small thing I can do during the day that I haven’t done before. It’s simple but fun. And what a great thing to beat that oppressive comfort zone every time.
About the author
Mary-Rose is a journalist and writer. She grew up in Los Angeles, lived in NYC and is now spending a few years abroad in India. "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" is her favorite quotation and she went way out of her comfort zone to have it tattooed on her forearm.