Travel author, Mary Beth Bond, whose website, gutsytraveler.com, is very popular with travelers, especially women, wrote,
"(Travel has) taught me to give up control. It’s deepened my sense of awe… It’s made me deeply comfortable with myself."
Mary Beth is a "gutsy traveler" because she has traveled around the world, alone. In order to do that, you must be very comfortable with yourself. The fact that many situations during a trip are beyond your control makes you realize that a loss of control is not necessarily dangerous, sometimes it is liberating. Nothing in my experience creates a greater sense of awe than some of Nature’s wonders, like the Grand Canyon or the Li River, or some of man’s incredible achievements, such as the Alhambra, or Mount Rushmore, or Michelangelo’s David.