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1. To appreciate the little things in life
Travel taught me to stop and smell the roses, to take a minute to look up into the sky and admire the moon and stars, to realise that there is more to life than working hard every day to get the latest and greatest of everything.
Travel taught me to be eternally grateful for the access we have to clean water here in Australia. There are people in the world that don’t even have drinking water, yet others can complain that they don’t have the newest iPhone or designer shoes.
For me, travel changed my attitude and outlook on life entirely. These are some more reasons why I fell in love with travel.
2. To budget
When sticking to a strict budget means you can save for travel, then spend longer travelling, you learn real quick.
Here are some tips on how you can save money for travel.
3. To be flexible and adaptable
When we travel, plans can change quickly and things can go wrong. You learn to come up with a plan B while on the go, and while keeping your cool, an important life skill not everyone has.
4. To talk to almost anyone, anywhere
I have never been afraid to strike up a conversation and travel further ignited this in me. Here are my top tips for making friends as a solo traveller.
Again, things don’t always go to plan, and some cultures don’t stick to schedules like you might expect. You learn patience on the road and this is something you bring home with you.
6. The benefits of packing light
You have all heard it 1000000 times, but you don’t actually learn it until you make the mistake of overpacking. Trust me, there are so many benefits of packing light.
7. To live a minimalistic lifestyle
After years on the road, I have learnt to live with little, and have realised that little is all we need and all some people ever have. The happiest and healthiest people are the people with the least. This is how travel turned me into a minimalist.
Travel taught me confidence in myself and my ability to survive on my own in this big, bad world.
9. To be open minded
People from all over the world have different ways of doing the same thing, and who is to say that one way is better than the other? Travel teaches you to be accepting of the ways others do things and to ask questions with curiosity rather than criticism. Having an open mind and positive approach to life can lead you so far.
10. That there is so much of the world to see and so many amazing people to meet.
You can travel for years and years and you will still have more to see. In fact the more you see, the more you realise there is to see. Not only that, but you continue to meet beautiful people from all over the world and are reminded that you never know who you will meet around the corner, a new best friend or boyfriend.
And a bonus lesson… That textbooks can only teach you so much, you need to get out and experience the world and different cultures for yourself.
These are the things that travel taught me. What was the biggest lesson you learnt?