I never quite knew what to expect when I first hit the road all of those years ago, I had some notions in my head about what to expect, cool places, people etc. but nothing could have prepared me for what would happen once I hit the road. I was asked recently what I have learned since being on the road, a question that I really had to think about.
I have now worked out just what I have learned from this traveling thing and I wanted to share my learnings with you.
How Lucky I Am
I was born in the USA and I can honestly say that I won the geographical lottery and I have learned to be incredibly thankful for that. I was not born into poverty, I didn’t have to fight in wars, I had access to great schools and great healthcare and I was surrounded by love. I have met countless amazing individuals around the world who weren’t as lucky as me, and I never forget this.
How to be a Great Friend
When you travel, you meet a lot of people, this means that you have a lot pf part time friends and this is no problem at all to me, life is life and everyone has their own to lead. I have however learned to be a great friend to those who I do care about, I have learned the importance of loyalty and the importance of regular communication. I have met so many flaky people since being on the road and I always try my best to avoid being one of them. .
The World is Awesome
We have a naturally stunning planet that offers more mesmerizing sights and shocking features than anyone could possibly invest. The gates of hell in Turkmenistan, the Amazon Rainforest, Uluru, the Wildebeest migration through the Serengeti, I could go on forever, we have a truly special plant and we must protect it from ourselves.
Just Be Nice
I have encountered people who have very little in their lives, who have absolutely knocked me out with their kindness which has in turn, inspired me to be kind to others. Kindness really does cost nothing and we have no reason not to be nice to one another. If everyone was nicer to each other, the world would be a far greater place.
I was really keen on learning a new language when I hit the road and so when I was living in Medellin, I decided to study Spanish and really commit to it. I spent 6 intensive months learning Spanish and I have many friends who have helped me to improve along the way. I can now hold a conversation in Spanish with ease and whilst I am still improving each day, I have been told that my level of Spanish is very good. I love being able to connect with people in a different language, it is an amazing experience.
What have you learned since you’ve been traveling? Let us know in the comments.