The transition period between college life and adult life can be a confusing one. A common feeling is that after graduation, one should be ready to take on the world, settle into adulthood, lock down a job, house, family and live happily ever after. Or perhaps take a few months to travel and explore the globe before accepting a job that will launch into a career, then buy a house, build a family, and live happily ever after.
We are here to encourage the latter. And to do so with intention. You may have read our ABOUT page and learned the foundation of this company is based on the idea that (1) travel changes people for the better (2) it’s great to experience with other people and (3) it unlocks potential you may not have otherwise known.
For most, the opportunity to have a few months – or even one month – to do as you please is very rare after the education chapter has closed. Instead of jumping into something you will be doing for the next 30-40 years, why not hold off a month or two and embark on a journey of self-discovery?
To ensure you receive the most out of your travels, be sure to include a few key components (all of which are included in each State of Unity experience!).
- Spend time connecting with locals. Dive into a new culture, learn with is important to them, their religious beliefs, family structure, daily life, etc. Do all you can to understand and appreciate an alternative life outlook than how you were raised.
- Volunteer. Find at least one organization that could use a helping hand, hopefully one that speaks to your heart and mission. If you don’t know what that is, try several things. More often than not, one will develop into a fire of passion and a mission for life.
- Appreciate the History. To understand another culture, one must understand that cultures past; the journey it traveled, what makes the current trends last. An excellent example is Cambodia. This is a country whose history must be understood in order to understand current state and appreciate the kindness in its people.
- Get Active. Bike Tours, hiking, walking, running, are all great ways to soak in the surroundings. More of the senses are involved, and you’ll find yourself appreciating the architecture, wildlife, even perhaps pausing along the way for anything that catches the eye.
- Eat Local! Learn what some of the favorite local dishes are and be sure to try at a few local, non-touristy spots. Perhaps even take a cooking class if they offer local cuisine.
The goal of all of this is to help you reach outside what is already known, let go of expectations, and simply live and experience life. It is through this freedom that passions often grow.