My first overseas experience - studying for a summer in Japan - was a life changing experience. Although my family had traveled extensively in the U.S. and Canada before that trip, I'd never traveled alone and never been in a country outside of North America.
I got lost a lot that summer in Japan, but it helped me become more self-reliant and self-confident. That trip incited my love of travel and discovering new cultures and lands.
One of my favorite travel sites, We Said Go Travel, published a piece I wrote about me being directionallly-challeneged and how in getting lost, I was found.