Scrolling through travel blogs, you must have come across quotes stating, ‘Travel is life’s greatest teacher’. Well, it’s not an exaggerated statement because being a traveller, I agree myself that this enticing experience is full of learnings!
Being away from the comfort of home and living with a bunch of strangers, we learn some true life lessons during travel. Whether you’re enjoying a family vacation by using a Thomas Cook voucher or expanding your business through foreign tours, your home away journey is going to teach you some real lifetime lessons!
Here are ten most important lessons that I have learned through travelling and now it’s your turn:
- Appreciate and respect other cultures
We read about diverse cultures in schools but never succeed to connect with them. It’s because learning about cultures is one thing but to live them practically is totally another. During travel, we observe other cultures closely by visiting historical museums, looking at their catchy architectures and interacting with locals directly. Travelling enables us to appreciate and respect other cultures by understanding their depth.
- Be patient!
Another thing that travelling has taught me so well is to be patient! One thing I must tell you all for sure is that during travel nothing goes as planned or happens as expected. There will be times when unexpected and unusual things will happen that will lead you to panicking situations. You might lose your luggage or become sick due to unhealthy dinner or get lost in the middle of nowhere! Anything can happen without any pre-signal. All such situations improve your handling powers and make you an easygoing person. You become quite patient when it comes to regular issues as they are nothing comparing to travel curveballs!
- Social media is not your whole world!
If you think Facebook news feed fuels you and Instagram is your digital oxygen, travel my friend, you need to learn some real lessons! Travelling has taught me that the real world lies outside of social media and it’s unquestionably gorgeous and mesmerizing. During travel, you can enjoy the opportunity of skipping the fake life of social media and living the true beauty of this world. Being disconnected to the internet, you can connect to the world more deeply!
- How to live and enjoy the present moment
We either worry about future or mourn over the past but pay the least attention to our present! During travel, I’ve learned to live in the moment instead of ruining it by thinking about past or future. Our present is our actual past and future hence we should make it perfect to avoid all kinds of regrets. Travelling has enabled me to invest my all thoughts and efforts in current moment to enjoy it at fullest. Making your present perfect instead of dwelling on things that are not in your control is the best lesson that one take back to home!
- We all are same!
When you travel to different places and communicate with locals, you come to know that we all are same! Regardless of different languages, skin colors, lifestyles, and religions, we all strive for one thing and that is peace. Travelling has made me realize that no human soul can ever promote terrorism and violence. Muslims are considered to be terrorists but meeting them in person has made me see their soft and pure hearts. Travelling has taught me, ‘Deep down we all are one’.
- You’re capable of more than you think so!
You have underestimated yourself enough and now it’s time to travel so you may know that you can do far better than you think so. Travelling is full of challenges and hardships. During travel, you face many problems and learn to tackle the situations by putting some real efforts. You might do things that you have never done and always said to never attempt even. Travelling brings the real ‘YOU’ out without even letting you know.
- Importance of home
The most valuable thing that travelling has taught me is the importance of my home sweet home! I have never been to a boarding school or university hostel hence never experienced how it feels like to be on your own. I have always envied the hostel people considering that they get to live their life without any external interruptions. But now, being a traveller, I can know how it feels like to be away from the comfort of your home. No matter how irritating family you have or how small house you live in, it’s simply a heaven!
- Ethics and morality
Another precious lesson that travelling teaches us is how to behave well! Meeting new people and exchanging views with them has improved my ethical learnings. I have been warm-heartedly welcomed by locals and presented beautiful gifts as their guest. Such kind gestures have made me realize the importance of good conduct. Morality is no doubt the only treasure every human must own!
- Your fear cannot defeat you!
During travel, we attempt daring activities such as skydiving, cliff jumping and shark diving. These all adventurous attempts teach us one thing and that is our fears cannot defeat us. We only need to be determined to attempt any risky task!
- Life’s short and the world is beautiful!
The last lesson I‘m going to share with you all is quite important and close to my heart. I have travelled to many places and enjoyed each journey at fullest. Every time I witness the beauty of this world, I realize how gorgeously God Almighty has created each feature of this earth. From mountains to lakes and green forests to sandy desserts, each and everything shows the true standards of beauty. Earth is full of fascinating places and we all must travel to explore it because we get only one life and that also is too short! Travelling has taught me that life will end one day but world’s beauty has no end!
To conclude, life is itself a big lesson but when you add the taste of travelling in it, your learnings become advanced!