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Taking travel risks in your 40's

It’s time to start traveling and cultivating the travel life you want to live. Where is one place you would love to travel—but you are afraid to go?

Two years ago, I went skiing for the first time in Colorado at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Aside from it being freezing cold—I had a blast! It was something that I had been wanting to do for so long.


I consider myself a bit of a risk taker and I’ll try most things once, but I’ve noticed that once I turned 40 my risk level has decreased, and as a result I am a bit more cautious than I used to be. That is a natural feeling but don’t let fear keep you from your travel dreams. For example, I had no problem skiing. I wasn’t fearful at all—until it was time to move from the green trail to the blue trail. The green trail is the easiest trail, it’s not very steep, and its where you can cruise down the hill pretty comfortably. Think cruising in the right lane on the highway.



So the Blue Trail…….


The Blue Trail was terrifying for me! It is a more difficult trail and steeper than the Green Trail. When I first started down the hill (I was with a friend and a ski instructor) it was fine then I started going really fast and lost control—I wiped out and even clipped out of my ski’s. I wasn’t hurt so I was physically ok, but I had a literally panic attack right there on the top of the mountain!!


The ski instructor came to check on me and basically told me I was okay and to get up—she was also 4 months pregnant, so it was hard for me to complain about it. There was only one way to get to get back to the bottom of the hill, and that was to ski down. So I composed myself took some deep breaths and mentally focused so I could get to the bottom without another panic attack! I made it to the bottom with out another wipe out.



Reflecting on this experience taught me to that is important to take risks so that we know what we like and what we don’t like—and also so we can see what we can actually accomplish. I decided for me I would rather enjoy skiing leisurely on the green trail, but I learn that when encounter challenges I can overcome them!


What travel risks have you taken? Share below in the comments!


Xo,

Melissa

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