You may or may not have guessed by now that I’m kind of obsessed with travel. It’s my number one passion in life and I try to do it as often as my bank account will allow me. The lessons I’ve learned from travelling are endless and I could probably talk about it for hours, but as I don’t want to bore you my lovely readers I’ve managed to wittle my long list down to a short and simple list of 5 lessons.
The World Is MUCH Bigger Than Me
This may sound like a super obvious one but when you live in your own little bubble, in your safe little suburban town doing your usual thing every day and seeing your usual friends it can be easy to become consumed and caught up in your own world. Of course these aren’t everyone’s typical experiences but personally I truly believe that travelling allows you to escape your comfort zone. The world is a large place full of fascinating people and places that are very different to what you’re accustomed to.
I’m Incredibly Lucky
Not only am I incredibly lucky to have the opportunities to travel although don’t get me wrong, all my hard earned cash goes towards it, I have been able to see first hand how other people in the world live. I have a roof over my head, food on my table, a supportive network of family and friends, my health and an education which is more than many people could ever dream of having. Visiting countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco and India have allowed me to see how little some people have and how much harder my life could have been if I were born somewhere else.
People Do Things Differently and That’s Perfectly OK
Growing up in Perth, Western Australia I wasn’t exposed to a variety of cultures and ways of life. Most of my friends grew up with parents that were still together, we weren’t particularly religious and we grew up in what I perceived as a ‘normal’ environment. When you travel you realise that normality doesn’t really exist. Our perception of normality depends entirely on how and where we were raised. I’ve been to some pretty wacky, wonderful places and have learned that what may seem normal to me may be completely abnormal in another culture and vice versa. People have different beliefs and do things differently and it’s what makes life interesting. As long as these practices and beliefs don’t adversely affect others lives, I’ve learned that it’s so important to have respect and keep an open mind!
There Are Some Incredible People In The World
Every time I travel it never ceases to amaze me how amazing people are. It can be easy to become jaded, cynical and expect the worst from people but travelling has allowed me to see the best of humanity. Those whom I meet travelling are usually the most open minded, friendly, interesting and inspirational people I have ever met. Travellers are usually trying to live life the fullest and embrace opportunities that come their way which, in my humble opinion, is a pretty great way to live your life.
Australia Will Always Be My Home
It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been gone or where I’ve been I have learnt that Australia will always be my home. After having lived in London for a nearly 6 months I’m often asked if I would plan on staying here for good and the answer is always a definite ‘no’. London has it’s moments but nothing quite compares to the weather, beaches, lifestyle and the people back in Oz.
What have you learned from travelling? Let me know in the comments below.