How Travel Stretches Our Comfort Zone – Episode 156 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Three years ago I stretched my comfort zone in a (to me) horrifying way, by finding myself in a microlight flying over Ningaloo Reef. I was on a last-minute press trip and the itinerary had described this activity as a scenic flight, without specifying the mode of transport … suffice to say, I pretty much exploded out of my previous comfort zone by going up in this thing.

Stretching my comfort zone in a microlight flight over Ningaloo Reef

But stretching your comfort zone certainly doesn’t mean doing physical, adventurous things and that’s a lot of what my guests and I talk about in Episode 156 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast – enjoy the listen!

Show notes: Episode 156 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

How Travel Stretches Our Comfort Zone

Travel can stretch your comfort zone in a multitude of ways, and the fact that it does is one of the biggest benefits of travel, I think. You can stretch a comfort zone at home too, but pushing the boundaries of what you feel comfortable with is so much easier in a new place, and there are usually a lot more opportunities too.

In Episode 156 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I start off talking to Ann Mortimore and Ian Crabtree who took a giant leap by deciding to pack up their life in the United States and start exploring the world full-time. Their first stop, Guatemala, provided quite a few comfort-zone-stretching moments. (Spoiler alert: it was all worth it!)

Next up I chat with Michela Fantinel who I personally think is an expert in stretching her comfort zone. I admire how she’s built up her experience of solo travel over the years and done particularly some amazing trips around Australia.

Finally, I speak to Alastair Humphreys who is no stranger to smashing his comfort zone, being a veteran of numerous crazy physical challenges – but we discuss how his most recent trip to Spain was a stretch of a completely different kind.


How travel stretches our comfort zone - The Thoughtful Travel Podcast Episode 156

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