Let’s start preparing for life after Covid-19 by reflecting on some of the lessons that travelling offers. If you’re over 30, don’t worry, this piece is also for you. Life begins at 40 you know, so relax, you still got a lot of time. Meanwhile, did you know that one of life’s priceless treasures is the ability to travel and explore the vast world around us? Yes, there’s nothing comparable to the fun, excitement, liberty and adventure to be experienced on the road. Travelling the world in your 20s is the most life-changing experience you’ll ever have. Here are some lessons to get you started.
Travel teaches wisdom
Travel gives you insights into the culture and lifestyle of people all over the world. You get to witness first-hand stories and accounts of events you have hitherto been able to only read or hear about. The multiple points of view, as well as your observations, makes you as wise as an old hermit.
Travel teaches you how to communicate without words
Have you ever imagined being in a situation where you had to communicate without words? Well, if you haven’t, then this is a beautiful opportunity to try it out. If you really want to experience the beauty of non-verbal communication then head to the middle of nowhere in a foreign country where you do not understand the local language. Imagine yourself making signs with your eyes, nose, hands, mouth or even drawing in the sand just to get your point across. Yes, it’s not as funny as it sounds as it could often be frustrating. But in the end, it’s always an interesting experience to have.
Travel makes you fiercely independent
If you’re a mama’s boy or a spoilt girl who gets all her stuff done at the wave of a hand, then you’re in for a shocker: Traveling will change you. Regardless of the proximity of your destination, always remember that complications will arise, ranging from getting a cab to the airport, misplacing your luggage or even finding a place to sleep. Of course, you often have no choice but to ask for help, but the ability to troubleshoot and work through problems on your own are invaluable traits you are bound to develop on the road.
Travel gives you freedom like never before
Your early 20’s is an important phase in your life when you have the freedom to discover more about yourself and the world around you. Spending countless hours on the road, air and rail in different countries simply brings the realization that the world is indeed at your feet and nothing is really out of your reach. The only limitation to achieving anything in this world is in your mind. So if you think you can, then you can.
Travel teaches you not to be materialistic and selfish
You will be surprised at just how little you really need to survive and live out your life. And during your trips, you will be amazed at the milk of kindness that flows from strangers such that the only way you can give back is to pay it forward.
Travel teaches you it’s OK to be alone
If you’re travelling all by yourself, you’ll learn to appreciate the beauty of loneliness – and deal with it. Of course, you’ll make lots of friends along the way, but there will be moments when you are on your own. This “me-times” give you the opportunity to learn how to entertain yourself, pick up a hobby and even delve into starting a fantastic blog.
Travelling the world teaches you that money can’t buy happiness
If you are travelling from the western world to any of the third-world countries, you will be humbled by the happiness, love and laughter that pervade the lives of some of the world’s poorest. You will also realize that in the grand scheme of things, money doesn’t matter; life experiences and relationships do. Indeed, living a fulfilled life and enjoying each day as it comes is a very important route to happiness.
Travel teaches Money Management
If you never keep track of your expenses, this is a good opportunity to get started, as travelling teaches you to account for every little cent. Whether you are on a budget or luxury, you are sure to get practical money lessons in real-time. Travelling teaches you this important life skill which you don’t get to learn in school.
Travel teaches you to dream big
The more you travel, the more you dream – and the bigger your dream is. As you explore the world and experience how things are done in other places, your mind is enlarged to the possibilities of your dreams. If you are afraid to dream or don’t know how, travelling is a good starting point. It gives you the drive to set new goals for yourself and enlarges your capacity to turn that dream into reality.
Travel teaches you to make the most of each moment
Life is short, and the older you get the more you realize how time flies. Travelling the world opens your eyes to this reality in a unique way. As you journey along and experience different people, culture and events, you will realize that each day is a gift, a new beginning and a beautiful opportunity to make something wonderful happen. No matter how old you are, it’s time to consider making travel a part of your life. Regardless of the proximity of your journey, stepping out of your comfort zone stretches you, opens your eyes and causes you to deal with things and people in ways you never imagined.
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