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Self-Confidence And Independence While Traveling

Self-Confidence And Independence While Traveling

Travel brings great experiences and adventures. Every new place is unique - just like your memories of it. You can learn something new everywhere and develop yourself further. You can later use the experience and soft skills you have gained not only in everyday life and on further trips, but they often help you in your professional life.

Throughout your life you will always encounter new challenges and situations. In these you will not only have to prove independence, but also self-confidence. Traveling can be a great help in learning these two soft skills.

In this article, we want to show you with stories from the backpacker tribe how we subconsciously understood these skills on our travels.  

independence and self-confidence

Nobody is self-employed from the start. On the contrary - as a baby and child you are very dependent on other people. Only when you get older do you gradually learn to become more independent. Getting there can be difficult though, as being self-employed also requires a lot of self-confidence.

You get this mainly by trusting in your own abilities and powers and knowing exactly what you can do and what your limits are. With enough self-confidence, you will be more confident in dealing with new situations and people, and you will be able to approach them positively. 

Traveling offers you many new situations to practice these two soft skills, especially if you are traveling alone. In every country you have to somehow find your way around independently and approach others. Speaking a foreign language alone can give you a lot of confidence at first, but it makes you a lot more confident afterwards.

Dealing with a strange traffic network and then arriving at your destination strengthens your independence. With four stories from all parts of the world, we tell you about our own experiences. 

New Zealand - I can do it!

Two girls, one trip. Anika from the content team and the travel school was about to spend 10 months in  New Zealand with her best friend  . After such a long time, it was immediately clear to both of them: we need a car. So they bought this in their first week in Auckland.

Auckland is one of the largest cities in New Zealand, also in terms of car and public transport, so they were very uneasy about driving there alone. Anyway, everything was completely new for the two of them. Anika approached the situation optimistically: “Okay, let's go! I'll just try it.” Everything went well up to the Autobahn.

Suddenly the left mirror detached and flew away. The question immediately arose: what should we do now? They googled it and found a junkyard nearby. They actually have no idea about cars, the two say. Nevertheless, they wanted to try to solve the problem themselves first and not immediately call for help. 

Arriving at the junkyard, they immediately encountered the next hurdle: the language barrier. Neither of them had bad English skills, but understanding and responding to “Kiwi English” was very difficult at first. In the end, the dealer sold them a complete mirror for the equivalent of about 18 euros. 

However, Anika and her friend were totally insecure in the situation because they didn't know if that was too much and if he was just ripping them off. On their own they then tried to change the mirror and found that it is actually quite easy. Her experience from that day is that you can always communicate somehow, even if it's difficult.

Every idea is worth trying and often hurdles are much easier to overcome than you think. You just have to believe in yourself and dare to try new things. This will make you stronger and more confident over time. 

Australia – jumping over your own shadow

From our first story in New Zealand we now move on to nearby  Australia . Our founder Fabio was traveling there with a friend. After four months, however, his friend suddenly had to fly back for personal reasons. Fabio now had two options: either he flies home and ends the trip early, or he stays behind alone in Australia.

The decision was quite difficult for him, because until now he had always been very reserved and let his buddy do the talking in conversations. However, he accepted the challenge and stayed. He was literally thrown in at the deep end, especially linguistically. Looking back, however, he can say that it was the best thing that could have happened to him.

He made incredibly fast learning progress. Above all, the language got better and better. In addition, since then he has increasingly enjoyed being out and about somewhere alone and finds it motivating. This experience of being alone in Australia shaped him for his whole life and you can see that particularly in his job today. He approaches new people and obstacles with confidence and knows that he can master the situation on his own. 

Miami Beach - experiences for a lifetime 

We leave Australia behind and fly halfway around the world to  Miami Beach . There, after graduating from high school, our CMO and co-founder Stephan gained his first experience abroad in a kind of "backpacker-style" language school. In his words, the choice of location went something like this: "Miami Beach is by the sea - okay, let's go!".

Arriving at the airport, he met three other people who all came from different countries. It was the first time he wasn't surrounded by his usual circle of friends. Normally this is not a problem for him and he can easily make new social contacts, but at that time he was not yet attuned to foreign countries and people.

He didn't know how to approach the other travelers, which is why he acted very introverted at first. In his mind, and probably in the minds of most other young people, important questions are spinning all the time: what happens now? How are the next three months going? How do I organize myself properly? What am I doing all day? All in all, he felt very insecure. 

A special feature of the language school was the hostel-like accommodation: four to six people were always accommodated in 20 rooms. Stephan didn't know it at all and was very insecure because of the language barrier, because none of his new roommates really spoke English. These turned out to be a colorful bunch full of different nationalities and at the beginning there was pure chaos.

Coming out and learning the daily routine was a process, but over time we all warmed up to each other. Stephan started building a new circle of friends. At first only with other German speakers, because it was the first step out of the comfort zone.

Friends from unknown countries with unknown languages ​​and cultures followed later. In the first few weeks of this trip he was always totally exhausted from the day in the evenings, since everything and everyone was foreign. However, this soon became established. He made many new experiences and now knows that this adventure was only the beginning of something big.

The time in Miami Beach taught him strongly that you have to have courage and reach out to others, otherwise you will quickly find yourself on your own. "You're addicted to approaching someone and asking them things." Others, however, are just as open and they feel no different than you, especially in these kinds of situations.

It's definitely worth it because you have the chance to make lifelong friends. As long as you are open and open to new situations, it will happen by itself that you will become more independent, be able to organize yourself and no longer have a problem approaching others. 

Eastern Europe - first trip, first experiences 

The last story takes us to Europe, more specifically to Eastern Europe. In these countries, our social media manager Maira made her first backpacking trip together with backpacker trail founder Fabio. In the beginning, like everyone who makes their first trip, she was very insecure. She kept asking herself: who can I trust and who not? Who is authentic and honest and who is just wearing a mask? Should I do that or not?

Today she says about herself that she was too gullible and naïve at the time and wanted to get involved everywhere. With a little experience, however, that changes, although it is difficult, especially in poor countries. "But above all, you learn from the mistakes you make." Maira experienced this in Peru when she was too curious in a critical area and wasn't paying attention, which is why some things were stolen from her.

With growing experience, however, you learn to correctly assess such situations and, above all, people, which increases your self-confidence immensely. "Travel helps you develop a kind of sixth sense, which allows you to deal with different situations with intuition and feeling."

Today, Maira is a seasoned traveler. She plans all her trips independently and can face the obstacles in her life, especially her professional ones, with self-confidence. "Travel is the best way to develop yourself, because nowhere else do you meet so many new places and people who all shape you in their own way."


All four stories are unique, but they all have one experience: just believe in yourself and that you can do it and master the situation. With every stumbling block you successfully overcome, your self-confidence and independence will grow. You will learn about your strengths and weaknesses, how to deal with them and how best to use them.

No soft skills are created overnight, not even these, but with every experience you expand and grow with them. However, this path is not without mistakes - so don't avoid new situations for fear of making mistakes, because you learn a lot from them. Trust in yourself and in what you can do on your own. These skills are incredibly important for your job later on! 

Rudolfus Kikkert
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