My Greatest Weakness, My Greatest Strength

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Normally, you can expect a seasoned traveler to be trained at navigating their way through foreign cities and streets. Not me. I would ask for directions in Toronto and London all the time. even after living there for 2 years. In fact, my sense of direction is so bad, that I still get lost on the ship. And its not even that big!

Needless to say, my lack of sense of direction is my greatest weakness, followed closely by my lack of photography skills. Rather than get embarrassed or insecure, I find it exciting. I have no idea if I’ll find myself accidentally in Rszeszow or mugged in Peru.

My favorite part however is that I get to talk to more strangers. I used to be incredibly shy as a kid and had to muster all my courage to talk to new people. Now I can safely say that I’m happy to approach most people without feeling insecure. Even if they’re rude, I just rationalize it’s because they are suffering from hemorrhoids or haven’t had sex in a while.

Similarly, I suck at taking photos. Rather than wallow in my inadequacy when compared to photographers such as these, I express myself with MS Paint instead. Not to say I’m spectacular at MS Paint but at least I have fun. Basically when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade bring out the tequila!

How have you turned a weakness into a strength?

About Me


In 2004, I sold everything I owned and left New Zealand to go see the world. In that time, I've run with bulls in Pampolona, watched the Man burn at Black Rock City, volunteered at a special-needs summer camp in New York, hosted & couchsurfed with 100+ people, taught English in Prague, trained with Muay Thai fighters in Phuket, worked on 5 different cruise ships, hugged strangers on streets in 7 countries and this one time, I even hitchhiked naked (but that was back home, so that doesn't really count). I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2012, to embark on new adventures. It's nice here, I think I may stay awhile! Let's connect: @roymarvelous, facebook & RSS.






  • http://twitter.com/manonthelam1 @manonthelam1

    Enter text right here!

    • http://twitter.com/manonthelam1 @manonthelam1

      Not sure where the text went, so let's try this again from the top…and a 1, and a 2….

      I have a weakness for booze, but I somehow find the strength to keep at it. Does that count? xD

      • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com cruisesurfing

        Absolutely. You ability to commit is a rare strength!!

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca Ayngelina

    I drink too much, but it does mean I meet lots of people :)
    My recent post The carnal seduction of Argentina

    • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com cruisesurfing

      Yup that's a strength ;)

  • Rodney Makohoniuk

    Mr. Roy saw a picture of you the other day on my camera from WAY!!! back when, think it was the Tequila party at the Bat Cave, yeah I know, that was a WHILE ago… But wait, not sure where I was headed with this, oh yeah, *note : not sure how this is connected with the above comment* you are actually VERY good with MS Paint. I think your pictures are great and only compliment the already awesome writing that is you.

    • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com cruisesurfing

      Thanks Rodney, you rock. That tequila party was messy!!

  • http://www.pinayonthemove.com Grace

    Your strength is actually my weakness. I'm an introvert so I find it hard to just talk to a complete stranger. But because of my greatest strengths- adaptability and determination- I have been able to learn how to be an outgoing introvert =) Anyways I'm glad your a bad photographer because I like your snazzy drawings.
    My recent post Celebrating 6 years in America a fresh off the boat’s untold story

    • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com cruisesurfing

      There you go, your strengths compensated for the weakness :)

  • http://www.budgettraveladventures.com/ Jeremy B

    I've gone through this as well. In my trip to Spain and Portugal, I spent a lot of time analyzing my strengths and weaknesses when I travel. I don't always like the way I travel but each of us has strengths and weaknesses for sure. It takes being honest with yourself and it helps to get feedback from others as well.
    My recent post The essential visitor’s guide to Slovenia

  • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com cruisesurfing

    Thanks Bean :)

  • http://quirkytravelguy.com Scott – QuirkyTravel

    No need for pics when you have such clever sketches! I love the look of your blog because the drawings really make it unique. Great way to stand out, and great way to turn a weakness into a strength!
    My recent post James Dean and meteorites at the Griffith Observatory