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The 10 Lessons To Learn From Traveling

Travelling is your best teacher

Contrary to popular belief, traveling can teach you more than a classroom, job, or relationship ever will.

The real world means packing up and leaving your comfort zone, the familiar, your safe place, and experiencing unknown things - a new place, new people who may not understand you, unfamiliar customs, the list goes on.

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Travelling is your best teacher

Contrary to popular belief, traveling can teach you more than a classroom, job, or relationship ever will.

The real world means packing up and leaving your comfort zone, the familiar, your safe place, and experiencing unknown things - a new place, new people who may not understand you, unfamiliar customs, the list goes on.

Lessons that travelling will teach you

  1. To be more patient when things do not go as planned - and it happens on every trip. 
  2. To leave your comfort zone. It's exhilarating to forget what's familiar for a bit and expand your horizons.
  3. To be more curious. Being in new territory will probe new ideas and curiosities.
  4. To appreciate other cultures. 
  5. To live simply. You can survive with very, very little.
  6. To make friends with strangers as travelling make you desperate for human interaction.
  7. ...but to also embrace your solo travel experience.  You will come home with a new sense of independence.
  8. To try new things as what you do at home doesn't always work when you travel.
  9. To think creatively. Sometimes it takes a little thinking outside of the box to get by.

  10. To find beauty in small things that you did not notice before you started your trip, like a home-cooked meal.

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Solo Travel

Those who travel solo are even more likely to learn about themselves as well as the world as they go.

Unusual things solo travel can teach you
  • Going solo you learn to manage the details.
  • Traveling alone you can develop a sense of direction. Being solo means being the only navigator.
  • Traveling solo you can build physical strength on your terms like walking 80km in France in 6 days.
Thrilling and intimidating

One of the most intimidating things when traveling is making friends and connecting with locals.

But this one hard part about adventuring alone is also the most rewarding.

Ask Questions

The more curious you are, the more people you'll meet. Mostly this involves asking a lot of questions.

Try it. The worst that could happen - someone doesn’t reply and stares at you.

Follow the Fun

When you get to a new place, ask yourself: "If I lived here, where would I go?" Look for cool events, gigs, and shows. 

It’s a great way to get away from all the tourist spots and into the cool neighborhoods where the locals actually hang out.

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Pushing limits

Traveling forces you out of your comfort zone.

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Traveling teaches you better time management skill

In your travel adventure, getting late will cost you lots of money. After all, you can’t ask the plane to wait for you.

New experiences and perspectives

Traveling allows you to see and experience new ways of living.

Have you been to Guangzhou, China and seen people eat cockroaches and worms? You might be able to see the photo of that from a textbook, but experiencing it yourself can only be done through traveling.

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The Emotions Matter

We become stressful or anxious while packing for a trip, due to us going out of our comfort zone, or in front of uncomfortable and different people.

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Wheely is Not Speedy

Wheeled luggage is generally seen as a convenience, but is, in fact, a constraint, as once a heavy and large suitcase is with you, you are bound to 'wheel' it around everywhere, cutting down your travel options.

Be a Light Packer

Light packing relaxes you and facilitates spontaneous travel, a minimalistic packing done in a backpack or a shoulder bag works best.

Chronic overpacking, while it seems logical as people can need so many things, is a hassle for travel, as there is so much to worry about and carry along.

Too much baggage leads to a baggage-heavy mindset.

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Lack of practical skills

Our modern job descriptions largely rely on our minds rather than our physical skills in order to get work done.
Having some basic practical skills to complement your “soft” skills will certainly come in handy in survival scenarios, particularly when it comes to rebuilding from catastrophe. And you can develop them by simply trying things out.

Practice self-reliance in advance

Not only will having DIY skills help you rebuild your community, they also greatly increase your self-reliance.
This means being able to take care of yourself and survive with little and work with what you have. But don't wait until you need to be self-reliant to cultivate these skills.

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Remote Working

Remote working is not all glamorous as portrayed in social media, and many remote workers, while being free to roam around, are lonely.

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Nomads
  • We assume living alone provides us with freedom and independence, but the ground reality is quite different. Nomads, while staying and working alone, meet new people, but don’t make any real friends. 
  • Many nomads have false assumptions about an office activity or event, and not being able to see your coworkers in person every day, leads to being ‘out of touch’.
  • Constant working in isolation leads to irregular sleep patterns, mood swings and eating disorders due to a lack of routine and structure in a day.
A Healthy Balance

Remote working may have tremendous advantages but research suggests that human beings aren’t meant to work in isolation. Working socially with co-workers who are good friends leads to higher engagement and satisfaction in one’s job.

For remote working to be successful, it needs to be tailored to suit one’s particular needs and personality, finding a good fit, while taking care of one’s mental well-being.

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It’s not greedy or entitled to ask for a raise.  Unless you work somewhere truly dysfunctional, it’s understood that you work for money. This is okay.

  • you’re not asking for an amount that’s wildly out of sync with the market for your work, and 
  • you have a track record of strong work.
Be emotionally intelligent about your timing

You shouldn’t ask to talk about your salary when your manager is especially harried or having a bad day or nervous about impending budget cuts. 

On the other hand, if you’ve just saved the day with an important client or garnered rave reviews for a high-profile project, or if your boss has seemed particularly pleased with you lately, now might be a particularly good time to make the request.

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"If you set your bar at amazing, it’s awfully difficult to start."

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Learning vs comparing 

Learning from others is great. But comparing your current situation to someone who is already successful can often make you feel like you lack the required resources to get started at all. 

What is Optimal vs. what is Needed

Great gear can make your life much easier on the road, but it’s not required. You don’t need new cooking bowls to start eating healthy. And you don’t need a new backpack to start traveling.  

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Organizing our Lives

We all are juggling life's important areas: work, office, home, health and fitness, our finances and relationships.

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Developing Habits

We all have habits ingrained in our lives. Most of our good habits (if any) take us to eventual long-term success, and our bad habits take our time, health, happiness and money. Make a list of what all you do as a habit daily and see which ones are good and which ones are not.

Habits like spending hours on social media, binge shopping, and lying on the couch are a few examples of bad habits.

Planning Ahead

Life is unpredictable, but planning is still important. Use your phone's calendar and to-do list, or install an app to create daily and weekly plans:

  • Plan even for small errands.
  • Keep in mind that things take longer than you expect.
  • Block chunks of time, or an entire day for a task.

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