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The Trip That Changed Your Life Forever




Large crowds rush to depart New York's Pennsylvania station before the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend on September 2, 2016 in New York City.
Large crowds rush to depart New York's Pennsylvania station before the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend on September 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Travel can often change the way we view the world and the people with whom we share it, exposing us to slices of countries and cultures that we’ve never seen before and affording us glimpses, if only brief, of some of the greatest natural and man-made wonders our planet has to offer. But sometimes, a trip can change not only the way we perceive the world, but also our own world and approach to life.

This was the case for Wall Street Journal Digital Science Editor Daniela Hernandez, who says she returned to New York a completely different person after a two week reporting trip to Antarctica at the end of 2018.

In a piece she wrote earlier this year recalling the trip and how it changed her, she writes about how the lack of distractions from everyday life meant she spent a lot of time with her own thoughts, and that overcoming frequent physical challenges to survive the grueling environment made her feel as though she could tackle anything. As she began to journal about the trip, she says she discovered that she’d been letting fear guide her decision-making process her entire life, which she says “shattered my self-image and forced me to reassess who I wanted to be.” After the piece was published, Hernandez says she got hundreds of emails from readers sharing their own life-changing trips, and she shared some of them in a recent article.

Today on AirTalk, we want to hear about the trip that had a lasting impact on your life. We’re not talking about that time you had those life-changing fish tacos on a road trip to SF…you know, unless the fish tacos actually changed your life. We want to hear about a trip that had a profound effect on you, that made you return as a different person or with a different approach to life -- maybe it was a religious experience, a once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity, a trip that pushed you out of your comfort zone, or the accomplishment of a lifelong travel goal. Share your life-changing trip with us at 866-893-5722.

Guest: 

Daniela Hernandez, digital science editor for The Wall Street Journal; her June 2020 article “A Trip to Antarctica Transformed My Life” inspired many readers to write her and share their own life-changing trips, a few of which she shares in her recent piece “The Trip That Transformed My Life”; she tweets @Danielas_bot