21 Lessons I have Learnt from Traveling
1. Traveling with a friend can leave amazing memories, but traveling alone is more eye-opening.
2. Only forward-plan when dealing with visas.
3. Homesickness can strike at any point. So can diarrhea.
4. If you find somewhere better than home, why ever leave?
5. The beauty of traveling without a strict itinerary is that it’s impossible to guess what’s around the corner.
6. When on a boat in rough waters, focus on the horizon to keep the vomit down. On a bouncing boat in the dark? Good luck.
7. Hippy pants have a time and a place: exotic locations. Not rolling around in your home city.
8. When in a Buddhist temple, ensure to sit with feet facing away from the Buddha statue or be prepared to get spanked by a monks bamboo stick.
9. The hype of a destination can often set you up for disappointment. Take what people say with a pinch of salt but still check it out!
10. You don’t need five pairs of trainers, seven pairs of pumps and thirty pairs of denim shorts. Pack light as after a while, your backpack will definitely weigh you down.
11. If you feel that the boy with the nose ring could be the love of your life… why not?
12. Photographs help record and capture moments. A travel journal is priceless.
13. Traveling helps you discover exactly what you’re capable of, whether it is jumping out of a plane or putting your hand down a squat toilet to retrieve a room key.
14. The world isn’t actually that big. You may very well bump into someone in Bali who you served pints to at your student union bar in England.
15. Traveling on a budget isn’t a myth. Just don’t be squeamish about the quality of the guesthouse and man the f*ck up.
16. The kindness of strangers demonstrates that people in general are genuine. But don’t ignore your gut feeling if you find yourself in a sticky situation.
17. Your independence gets exercised to the extreme and with that, confidence in yourself and in your decisions grows.
18. Companions and friends will appear along the way when traveling alone. Don’t sweat it and chill out with a beer. That’s when they will find you.
19. Attempt understanding the local languages and culture, roll with the inevitable cultural differences and don’t be surprised with the amount of McDonalds that litter the world.
20. I can survive without my daily western lifestyle luxuries… roughing it is easy as everyone’s doing it.
21. Everything will be o.k. in the end, and if it’s not o.k. then it’s not the end.
Taken from my article on travelettes