Like many, I’m a huge fan of travelling. I think that no matter where you go, travel has the ability to change you, as it introduces you to people, customs, food and ways of living that are different from the ins and outs of your own daily routine. At the very least, it can be a refreshing break from your day-to-day, or it can be one of the most enriching, freeing and humbling experiences you have.
Either way, travel is a great way to learn, or re-learn, a few things about yourself and the life you’re living, especially if you’re going solo. In my own experience, some the things I have learnt are:
1) Tons of patience, kindness and gratitude will go a long way in making your travel experience a happy one.
2) Sometimes your own company is company enough.
3) I have learnt that it really is a small world, after all. No matter we’re from, we’re really not all that different.
4) No matter where you are in the world, the line for the ladies’ room is always at least three times longer than the men’s. WHY?!
5) You suddenly become very skilled at taking selfies (though inconspicuousness remains debatable) ;)
6) Adults can behave like children when they’re outside of their comfort zone. This one’s a biggie that came up a lot as I met other travellers along the way. Travelling means being introduced to things that are different to those are used to, so if you’re choosing to travel, try to remember that things won’t be exactly like home. If they were, what would be the point of travelling? Sure you’ll have the occasional days of homesickness, or you’ll like some places more than others, but I’m talking about a more general, inherent neggy attitude (or a neggytude hehe). Keep an open mind and be respectful of the new things you see and experience, and the people that you meet. Complaining about every trivial thing under the sun (shape of the coins, taste of the Twisties, too much pizza in Italy (seriously?!), living out of a suitcase two days into the holiday- yes, I heard all of these) will get you no where except to a crappy time for yourself and anyone you’re travelling with.
7) Sometimes the things that once mattered don’t matter as much anymore. Travelling can create a shift in perspective that lets you see things you once didn’t, and encourage you to question which values are truly important to you.
8) Finally, I have learnt that I am capable of more than I think I am. Travelling solo is awesome- it forces you to be stronger than you thought you were, and allows you to be more free than you thought you could be. Pretty sweet lesson learnt :)