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Top 5 Benefits Of Traveling With Under30Experiences

| June 4, 2013 | 4 Comments

Under30Experiences Trip“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies, and adopting new viewpoints.”   -Wilfred Peterson

Moving to Miami, Florida in 2008 was probably the biggest move and sacrifice I have made so far in my life because I had to leave behind my family, friends, and home country where I spent 20 years of my life. Although I was born in USA, my family moved back to Nicaragua when I was very young and I really don’t remember much. But looking back now, I wouldn’t change a thing because it has shaped me into the man I am today and the experience of being abroad definitely changed my perspective and viewpoint on the world. It has been a rollercoaster, from my sister selling her house on a short-sale two weeks after I moved in because she couldn’t afford it anymore after going through a nasty divorce, to waking up at 4:30 a.m. just to catch the 6:30 a.m. train to be able to make it to work by 8:00 a.m..  It has definitely been a life changing experience.

The decision to travel, and move to a different country and environment totally changed my life and I applied the same thought process when I found out about Under30Experiences. At first, I was hesitant to become one of the attendees because of financial reasons.  I was just too comfortable playing it safe and didn’t want to break the routine. A week went by and every single day of that week I had this lingering thought “Cesar, you are going to regret it if you don’t go. No money? Find a way, don’t let this stop you from what your heart wants”.  So, I took a leap of faith and I said to myself, F*** IT, I’ll figure out someway to make it happen. I did overtime at my corporate job, some writing gigs on the side, and put the rest on my credit card.  But all that scrapping by worth it.  My decision to travel with Under30Experiences definitely changed my life and I’m not the same guy I was before the trip.

Here are my top 5 benefits I received from traveling with Under30Experiences:

1.  Opportunity to give back:

To me, Under30Experiences Nicaragua was a homecoming but in a different way than my past trips. I try to visit my parents in Nicaragua every year and I usually just hang out locally and spend time with them, but this time was different.  This trip provided me with the opportunity to travel with 30 other entrepreneurs, learn from them, and at same time show them a small sample of my culture and home country. Not only did I get to spend time with 30 positive, like minded people, but I also got the opportunity to visit a local school, play soccer with kids, teach them some English, learn about microfinance, and visit the US Embassy where we had a brainstorming session about challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurship in Nicaragua.

2.  Lifelong friendships:

This is by far the greatest reward I got from attending Under30Experiences. It is absolutely incredible how close we all got and it almost feels magical. From the first moment we met, we just “clicked” and to me, it feels like we are family, supporting and helping each other through out this journey called life. I guess this can only happen when you put positive, ambitious, driven people together in an environment that promotes growth and creativity.

3.  Professional and Personal Development:

When you are surrounded by people who are driven and strive for success, you cannot help but feel energized and motivated to follow the same path. Each and every one of the attendees had something unique to offer to the group.  The best part about it was that we all embraced each other with open mind, sharing and learning from our own experiences, which ultimately lead to personal and professional growth.

4.  Break out of my comfort zone:

“There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”. These are famous words from the great Bruce Lee and this is how I define comfort zone, nothing more than a plateau, a level you have reached.  So what’s the next level? This will be up to you. Traveling with Under30Experiences has totally put me in a different plateau and I feel that it will become my launch pad for great things to come.

5.  Motivation:

How can I not be motivated after spending 5 amazing days with positive, ambitious people who want to better themselves personally and professionally? I cannot help it; it’s viral. Each one of the attendees had that burning desire to better themselves and live a life of “Permanent Beta”.  They strove to be a work in progress and always reach toward new heights.

Many times in my life I’ve had that feeling of “I wish I had done that” and let me tell you, it sucks. I’m so happy Under30Experiences is not under that “I wish I had done that” category.  All it took was a split second when I decided to “jump”, take a leap of faith, and follow my gut. I don’t know about you, but whenever I listen to my gut, I never regret it.  Somehow, It already knows where you’re headed.

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Cesar Romero is Community Manager at Under30CEO. He is also CSO for Moomkin and writer for Cesar’s Journey. Native Nicaraguan in love with running, dancing, and living life in Permanent Beta. Follow him @romero866 for some inspiration and thinking outside the box.

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  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Cesar– I’m incredibly proud of you telling your personal story, coming to the USA, getting involved in entrepreneurship, and taking the leap to come with us to Nicaragua on our Under30Experience trip. After all that– you earned your position being our Community Manager. It’s been truly a pleasure to work together so far, and I’m thrilled to see your first article published up on the site. Your passion and enthusiasm for what we do, really shines through in your writing.

    Pumped for the U30X launch party next Wednesday– your first time to New York is going to be a memorable one!

  • James

    Sounds amazing, I wish I could go. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  • http://www.viajeroemprendedor.com/ Viajero Emprendedor

    I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet you in this amazing trip !! It was kind of the same for me ..overcoming financial situations and risking to get out of my confort zone…but it was totally worth it !! Big hugs Cesar!

  • cesar romero

    Thank you! Thank You for the opportunity!!! I really couldn’t ask for more. February 2, 2008 I left Nicaragua and ever since that day my life has been one hell of a run that continues today and my leap of faith has brought me the opportunity to meet awesome people that inspire me to keep going and never give up!!! Thank you Matt for the opportunity and Andrea, I love you mi amiga!!!! thank you thank you !!!!