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Travelling, albeit fun and exciting, is also something you can learn from.
In my early 20’s I spent some time with my now-husband exploring small corners of the earth. There’s something rather liberating about heading out on your adventures with nothing but a backpack and a vague idea of where you want to go.
There are plenty of things to take from the experience – here are just five things to learn whilst you do it.
How to be alone
Travelling solo may be a daunting prospect, but it’s one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things you can learn to do. Leaving your friends and family behind in order to explore the world will allow you to absorb new cultures and experiences without distractions or hesitation, effectively allowing you to fully reap the benefits of travelling.
Being alone in a foreign country has countless perks, but you can certainly expect your self-confidence to improve, as echoed by Wanderlust. It’s also a good time to tune out from the stress and worries of your usual life, instead taking time to reflect and figure things out on your own. Removing yourself from the centre of it all and heading abroad gives you the necessary space to clear your head if you need to.
How to appreciate new cultures
Wherever in the world you choose to travel to, there’ll be plenty of culture to soak in. Southeast Asia is undeniably a hotspot for tourists from all over, and the spirituality and religions of the region make for some culturally important experiences – even something as simple as visiting a temple can lead to some life lessons and teachings you can apply throughout the rest of your life.
Even if you’re not religious yourself, the ways of life of certain destinations such as Thailand, China and Indonesia will open your eyes to how spirituality has changed people’s lives for the better. Despite western countries being arguably much “better off”, citizens of these countries are often much happier than we are because of their beliefs.
How to cook
Do you consider yourself a foodie? Be sure to pick up some recipes during your travels. Being able to cook up authentic food from your destination once you’re home will diminish those post-holiday blues, and allow you to relive just one small portion of your travels.
Cooking classes are often available in many destinations, and will allow you to bond with new people whilst making and eating delicious local dishes. Just don’t overindulge – 60% of travellers admit to gaining at least two kilos whilst travelling.
How to talk to new people
Meeting new people is something we all naturally find difficult to do, even if we don’t admit it. Approaching strangers and attempting to spark a conversation is hard because we cannot predict their response – but you’ll find that in many tourism hotspots, the locals couldn’t be happier to chat. Whether you need guidance, information or you simply want to hear their story, residents of many hotspots will be eager to converse.
That also goes for any fellow travellers you may interact with. Stay in a hostel for your best chances of making new friends who are in the same boat as you. You may even end up making some travelling buddies – or friends for life.
How to step out of your comfort zone
Perhaps best of all, travelling will teach you how to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. You’ll be faced with new challenges and experience that you may usually say no to, but it’s crucial you’re seizing every once in a lifetime opportunity you’re presented with and effectively making the most of your time. You want a trip to remember.