1. Travel alone.
It’s an overwhelming sensation stepping off an airplane and realizing you’re thousands of miles away from anyone you know. As I waited to be processed at Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, the feelings of isolation set in. The only familiar thing I had to cling to for the bulk of the trip was myself, and for the first time in my life I had the opportunity to really hash out what that meant.
Having returned from my trip in one piece, the idea of being alone or stranded no longer scares me, and I’m grateful to be liberated from the burden of that unknown.