Traveling has played a huge part in my life, something that I’m sure you know if you’ve been following my blog. It has taught me so much and changed me as a man, without it I really don’t know where I’d be in life. I first put my backpack on when I was 24 and I haven’t looked back since.
Visiting different cultures, meeting new people and facing challenges are all things that I look forward to every time I book a holiday. I plan to travel whenever I can and always try to choose a new destination because I know the lessons I learn along the way will be invaluable.
So here are 3 lessons I have learnt from travel:
Of course back home we face struggles in our daily lives and work can be stressful but things are pretty straightforward and we also have a very good support system to help us face any issues. When you’re travelling in a remote part of the world independently the only person you can really rely on is yourself – you have to do all the planning, you have to get from A to B and you have to deal with any difficult situations that arise. This teaches you to be more independent and deal with issues yourself. I find that long term travellers are extremely confident people and aren’t easily fazed when presented with a challenge. When you first travel it can be a little daunting but after your first trip you will come back a different person and find the next journey much easier.
Communication when you travel is key, it can be talking to fellow travellers or locals. Without having good social skills you can find the journey to be lonely and also a lot more difficult. For example, if you don’t know the correct way to act or talk to a local person because you need their help, the less likely it is that you’re going to get the desired result. Also, if you’re in a guesthouse with lots of other fellow travellers you want to be able to have a good conversation with them, make new friends and possibly do some travelling together. After you travel a lot your social skills will improve no end and you’ll find communicating with all types of people extremely easy indeed.
The World Is A Small Place
I’ve often told people where my next destination is and sometimes they gasp commenting about how far away that is. Well, it really isn’t because air travel has made the world an extremely small place indeed. If I fly from London to Hong Kong, I can leave in the morning UK time and call my family back home in the UK when they’re sitting down for dinner to tell them that I’ve arrived. You also learn on the road that people all over the world are very similar, we all face similar issues, like the same things and can get on very easily. The world is small so don’t let distance dictate where you go, find the adventure you like and just go for it.
Have any of you guys learnt some key lessons from your travels? I would love to hear about them all, just pop your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks for sharing guys, I’m really looking forward to everything you have to tell us.