7 Lessons That Travel Has Taught Me
Everyone travels for different reasons- whether it is for business or for pleasure; the rush you get when taking off on a plane is second to none. As you return back home, the post vacation blues start to kick in and we begin to reminisce about the exciting adventures we’ve just experienced.
To be honest, I haven’t done a whole lot of travelling until the past year. Travelling can be a very expensive addiction but I’ve been blessed enough to be able to work hard and put aside money to get on a plane! Travelling has put a lot of things in perspective- like how not many people in the world get to enjoy the luxuries we have here in North America. It opened my eyes to how there’s more to this world than the 50-100 miles outside of my postal code. I want to share 7 things I’ve learned from my travels thus far.
EXPERIENCES ARE MORE VALUABLE THAN MATERIAL OBJECTS
I can’t stress this enough! This is the most important thing that I have taken away from each of my trips. Inanimate objects can keep you happy for so long… but have you ever sat there and reminisced over an expensive purse that you bought a year ago? I’m assuming not! The experiences you gain from travelling are experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life.
A lot of us complain on the regular that it becomes so familiar and unfortunately becomes an ugly habit. I have learned to be more grateful of all that I have. I try to start off every morning in a positive way by thinking about 3 things I’m grateful for. This has helped me develop an attitude of gratitude.
My new found addiction is expensive, so naturally, sacrifices are necessary. Staying in on those Friday and Saturday nights on some weekends was something I had to get used to. At the end of the day, giving up the short-term pleasures to be able to hop on a plane to an unfamiliar destination is worth it for me. I have become more content with having a lazy weekend watching movies, reading books and discovering new hobbies.
VALUE THE LITTLE THINGS
Travelling has opened my eyes to the smaller things in life. Things may not go as planned on your trip but that’s OK! Focus on the big picture- you’re at this beautiful destination (in my case, sitting on the beach with a Piña Colada in hand) and that alone should help you to stay positive and not stress the little things.
I have been able to learn about different cultures and traditions that I never had much knowledge about. You start to learn new things before you even arrive to your destination from all the research you do while booking your trip. Once you’re there, you get acquainted with new people and their cultures, taste new cuisines and breathe in an unfamiliar destination.
BROADENED MY PERSPECTIVE
Before travelling, all I knew was my regular day-to-day life. When you step away from what you’re currently focusing on and instead focus on the bigger picture, everything becomes clearer. I now have a better understanding of what is important to me and what is sidelined.
Be sure to have an open mind when you’re travelling. Try unfamiliar food, mingle with new people, and try something that gives you an adrenaline rush! I never thought I would go snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea but I closed my eyes, said a prayer and jumped into the clear blue water -I had the best time of my life! It was one of the highlights from my Punta Cana trip and I could have missed out if I hadn’t tried to become more open-minded. Now, I feel a sense of accomplishment and I can knock it off my to-do list!
Returning back home from a trip makes you feel far more appreciative of your home. You’re back in your comfort zone and nothing feels better than your own bed and a home cooked meal.
And then eventually…. You’re ready to plan your next travel destination!! 🙂
Where have you travelled and what has it taught you? I would love to know! Let me know in the comments below. 🙂