`Traveling is indeed the best form of education. What I learned while traveling, I did not in my 18 years of primary to tertiary schooling, nor in my 3+ years of graduate school.
- Being “lost in the right direction” is the best thing in the world.
“I don’t know where I am going but I know it’s the right direction”
A friend and I walked around Paris on a windy day. We ditched the map and started walking towards the direction of the tower. He could see it, so we thought we were near. However, we walked around in circles, simply guessing where to turn next, till we finally reached the tower 4 hours later. Did we regret it? No! We appreciated whatever we saw, and I learned more during that walk compared to a bus tour.
- Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
In the past, I traveled with family, then with friends, always in groups. I never thought I could travel solo, but when circumstance forced me to do so, I realized I could survive out there alone. I was independent enough and strong enough to take care of myself. I also realized that I enjoyed it. I belittled myself before that, but when push came to shove, I stepped up and learned that there was nothing at all to be afraid of about traveling alone.
- Buy less; choose well
You don’t need half the things you think you need. When you travel, you learn to do away with a lot of things. The secret is in buying quality key items that will serve multiple purposes, rather than numerous but less useful things.
- I don’t regret the things I’ve done; I regret those I didn’t do when I had the chance to.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Travel teaches you to be more accepting and open to try new things. What’s there to lose? As long as it doesn’t kill you, go for it. Besides, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. These things that push you out of your comfort zone are the memories you will cherish forever. Be willing to try
5.If at first you don’t succeed, then try again.
Traveling equips you with resilience. You become more adaptable, ready for whatever life throws your way. It makes you fearless and ready to accept whatever. You’ll realize that the path is not always straight. It can be tiresome, but then again, traveling teaches you that the journey also matters, and not just the destination. The latter was there merely for you to begin.
6.Don’t give up too easily.
Why dwell on the negative when there is so much more to be positive about. I lost my wallet on the last leg of my Europe trip in 2012. My family had already gone back home after our 30-day tour, It was my first day alone in Europe, and I fell victim to a pickpocket. Despite such, I fortunately had some money kept elsewhere, and a lot of people also helped me out along the way. I survived for 2 weeks, till I finally had to head home.
- There are many kind people in the world who are willing to help out.
People are always willing to help. You just have to ask. No matter where I was, there were always people who offered directions, helped me with my huge luggage (back when I travelled with a bag bigger than me), and offered a ride. While traveling alone, I used to think it was because I looked way younger than my age that people would often offer to pay for my food. While we were taught to be wary of scams and people who try to get one over you, I realized that some people are just kind.
- Do unto others what you want others to do unto you.
Be kind. Smile is the universal language. Share. Be open. Be accepting. Sometimes a simple smile can give you the help you need. In Australia, I didn’t know how to cook, and since I was on a budget, I bought pasta on sale that serves 5 people. I shared my food with other hostel guests. Little did I know that that small gesture would result in all of them sharing their food with me in the succeeding days. All my breakfasts and dinners were covered on all my 3 days in that hostel—all because I shared.
- It’s a long road, but it’s worth it.
Traveling teaches you to persevere and to be patient. You have to be more adaptable. Plans won’t always go your way; in fact, it will most likely not work out exactly the way you thought it would. Be flexible. Enjoy the ride.
10. The farthest and hardest to reach places are always the best places.
There, there are less tourists, and more chances to be in tune with nature. Just like in life, it’s not always easy, but the harder you persevere and the harder you try to achieve that happy place, the more rewarding it is when you are finally there. Talk to taxi drivers; they can probably redirect your plans to more local places around the area.
- The best things in life are free.
This does sound like a cliché, but really, people flock to expensive high tourist traps when there are other researchable options that cost nothing. The company of friends is also free.
Traveling boosted my confidence. It is easy for me to mingle with people and get along with those I meet along the way.
- Be more observant.Traveling broadened my perspective.
Traveling taught me that although it’s good to be open, it is also best to keep a vigilant eye to stay safe.I learned to appreciate the simpler things in life. I saw how different cultures and different people sought happiness in different ways. Through traveling, your happiness quotient increases a hundred fold. Many times, I realize now, traveling taught me to choose to see life in a more positive way.
- Be crazy, Be spontaneous.
All you have is now. Live each day and be thankful for it. Nothing can take the place of actual experiences. You learn more from traveling than you have ever learned at school. When you travel, it is like “walking through” or “experiencing live” your history book or math problem or science formula. Do it! Be Crazy! Try new things and explore. What do you have to lose?
- The value of home.
At the end of every travel and exciting adventure, it is always nice to be able to go back to a special place called home, where I can unwind and spend time with loved ones.