Have you done any traveling in your life? If you haven’t done much, I always say: it’s never too late to start. Pick a place and go. A weekend road-trip or a months-long Asia excursion…follow your heart, push yourself out of your comfort zone and just go.
Travel means so much more than just visiting new places and absorbing new cultures and what different cities/countries have to offer. Travel – no matter where I go – is always journey within myself. It is when I put myself out of my comfort zone and normal routine that I learn the most about myself.
A few things I’ve learned from my travels:
You can learn a lot by just looking around: At home, we don’t really pay attention to our surroundings. Everything is familiar, and we say we’re “too busy”. Traveling gives us plenty of time to just look around, take in our surroundings and learn from them.
Technology isn’t always your friend: When I’m traveling, I spend much less time than I usually do on the Internet or my computer. The more time I spend away from my computer, the more time I spend living. I don’t care about checking my email or who is posting what on Facebook. How much time do we waste behind the screen each day? Travel teaches me how very little value my extra screen-time actually adds to my life.
Don’t over plan: Very rarely does everything go “according to plan” when we travel. Or in day-to-day life, for that matter. Better to not over plan and just go with the flow. That’s usually when the best things happen.
You don’t need stuff to be happy: You don’t need much beyond the basics when you travel, and yet you’re still happy and taking in all life has to offer. So often we’re just bogged down with stuff we don’t need in our day-to-day lives. We don’t need most of it.
You don’t have to be rich to see the world: You just have to have a desire to want to do it. You’d be surprised at where and how you can save money when you have a place you really want to visit.
People in New York City are friendly: No, really. They are. In my current town of Toronto, you might get a scowl when passing someone on the sidewalk, if they look at you at all. You’re lucky to get a tight-lipped grin from a cashier at the store. In NYC, they talk to each other. They smile. Tough New Yorkers? Maybe. But more than anything, they’re friendly.
People in most parts of the world are friendly: Give people the benefit of the doubt. Most are all too happy to give you directions or smile back.
Smiles and hugs are universal: Hugs and smiles mean the same thing no matter where you go. A friendly face and a smile goes a long way when asking for directions or recommendations for restaurants, etc…from locals.
Home is sweet: No matter where you go or how much fun you’ve had, it always feels good to be home. Travel makes you appreciate what (and who) is home waiting for you when you come back.Foster travels for the first time – start ’em young!
What have your travel experiences taught you? Share your lessons here with us!