While Megan shared her story, I could completely understand her introverted self. Megan’s story is similar to mine but she has become an extrovert over time. This is where I believe that people can grow and change overtime. If you ultimately want to change, you will find a way to change and grow. Read her entire story of being an extroverted introvert while traveling below.
For most of my life I have been described as the quiet, shy girl who would rather observe and listen to people than standup and give a speech. Throughout high school and college this was the norm for me. Then I started working as a nursing assistant in a long term care facility. I had to learn how to interact with people socially. As time went on, I discovered that the nursing home was a fun place to practice being social because old people don’t give a shit what you say. They can call you out on everything. I learned to listen, laugh, and tell stories with people. While I was still more on the quiet side, I was able to hold my own in a conversation.
A few years ago I found myself single, my birthday was coming up and I wanted to take a trip. After careful consideration, I decided on Washington D.C. This would be my first solo trip ever and I was completely ecstatic. With the hotel and flights booked, I started telling people about my trip. I planned on walking the sites, seeing the monuments and the museums; the people and the food. Oh, the food! I could hardly contain my excitement.
It was at this moment someone asked me who I was going with, when I replied, “no one.” They proceeded to say, “Well it just seems that a special trip like that should be shared with someone.”
I get why people feel this way, it’s my birthday and most people aren’t alone on their birthdays. But, I wanted to be, I wanted to ring in my 27th birthday alone. (Total introvert move, by the way.)
Here’s the great thing about traveling as an introvert for me, I don’t mind doing things alone. I get to decide when and where I go, what I eat and when I wake up or go home at night. I will admit that I can be somewhat indecisive at times but nonetheless, solo travel is awesome.
My favorite thing about it though, is being able to meet new people from all walks of life. When I was out on the train in D.C. I had a lovely conversation with the people who sat next to me. They gave me advice on the restaurants or food trucks to visit, which museums were their favorites, what were the must see things. Some even offered to meet up later that evening for some live music.
Even while wandering the museums I could find people to discuss exhibits with, I am not a big fan of modern art. But I had some time on my hands, so I walked through the Hirshhorn museum and met a woman who was just as confused as I was about the video of talking lips. Although neither of us could figure out what it meant, I loved hearing her opinion on it.
I have no qualms about going to places I don’t know anyone. I know that I’ll most likely be able to find someone to talk with, some of these conversations have been so unforgettable for me. I use them as a teaching tool, so I can learn new things and see the world through another’s perspective.
Megan Kellstadt, Colorado native that decided to move into an RV with my cats. Follow my story in these places.
Check Megan out on her social media’s, she is truly fantastic. Thank you Megan for letting me share your story. Tomorrow I will share my story of being an introvert while traveling and the journey behind learning how to accept being an introvert. Later this week, I also have on board a guest post about a girl that traveling makes her an extrovert. Hope you guys enjoy the rest of this series.