Acts of travelling have been undertaken by many, throughout the ages. There’s a certain magic that unfolds while travelling. People often get to know much more about themselves and the world by travelling. Then they ever do, from within the confines of their homes. What travelling does is, it pushes you to proactively face unknown people, languages and situations. To help you to expand your horizons and to become more mature as a person.
The idea of travelling might be born of casual curiosities about new places, or boredom. Or an incessant desire to test oneself in disagreeable circumstances.
Now, there have been certain people like Ibn Battuta who left their homes, out of sheer curiosity. In order to explored the known world. And returned, not less than 30 years after, to find that both his parents had died, and everything had changed. And, in all that time, he documented his observations about the myriad of peoples and cultures of the time. Such was his commitment to learning. Ergo, he is considered as one of the greatest explorers the world has ever known. Similar is the case of Chris Columbus, who died while in voyage. Many others like Vasco Da Gama. Marco Polo, James Cook etc, also have taught the world to travel and explore.
But in no way, is this article asking you to follow the footsteps of the aforementioned stalwarts. They have been mentioned, just to evoke a sense of awe, towards how travelling can be such a rewarding endeavour. So, with this here are……
10 Awesome Things You can learn from Travelling:
While travelling in foreign and unknown frontiers, you often learn the vernaculars of the area. As it, increases your chances of being perceived as more friendly and approachable to the natives. Learning new languages and applying it in real time with natives, also make for engaging conversations.
Because, often, when one speaks their dialects with them, even though in a broken manner. They often find it amusing at first, but then also teach him the proper way. This demonstrates an earnestness to learn about their culture and lingo, on his part. Making it easier for him to earn the natives’ trust.
Thus, learning a new language is a plus, we can derive from travelling.
Learn about new cultures
Moving through alien nations and cities, you might experience culture shocks. Mostly due to the fact that the things they eat, or the customs they might follow might not suit your sensibilities. But if the mind is kept open and receptive. Then that very culture, previously perceived as weird, might just manage to enthral you.
The thing about a particular alien culture or a place is that. It gives you a sense of awe the moment you get back to your own place. The recollection of, differences in the ways of doing things, might leave you with a new-found respect for pluralism. That’s why learning about new cultures broadens your horizons and makes you a better person.
Experience new tastes
Getting accustomed to new tastes is something of a no-brainer while travelling. When travelling one should drop the idea of sticking to cuisines that lie in his comfort zone. Because, who knows, the prevalent cuisine in the area might be diametrically opposite in taste, to those that you like. So, here too, an open and receptive mind would help.
To enhance social skills
This is a useful life skill that one gets to enhance when travelling. The very fact that a person interacts with strangers of foreign lands, provides adequate impetus to increase interpersonal skills. This is something that comes in handy while in situations other than the ones related to travelling, also.
To face adversity or challenges
One might face adverse conditions or situations while travelling. Like unavailability of places to rest, or a snow storm, or a state of curfew at some place, etc. Situations such as these give you an opportunity to exercise your will and perseverance. Doing which, new wisdom and insights dawn upon you. Insights that would change your life for the better.
To develop patience
Suppose you need to take a train from a part of a poor African country, to another. And your itinerary is one, where you haven’t taken into account the possibility of contingencies. And it just so happens that due to some reason, your train is late by 7 hours. And there is no way of reaching the desired destination on time. And since the country you happen to find yourself in, is so poor, having just emerged from a bloody civil war. There is absolutely nothing you can do about it. In such a situation one learns to not fuss and complain. But be patient. Experiences such as these broadens one’s outlook toward life.
In certain times, it might just so happen, that what you discover in reality is far from what you’d planned. In times like these, one learns to improvise. Say for example, you had planned to stay at a hotel at a particular location. But after reaching there, you find that all the hotels are already booked. So, what you do instead, is talk to the locals for a homestay opportunity. And as luck might have it, you get offered to stay at a native’s house at almost half the cost. Which, at the end of it all, proves to be the most memorable experience you’ve had till date.
To enjoy the moment
Suppose, you are travelling through the dense jungles in the nation of Congo. There are mosquitos every wear and your legs are hurting from all the walking you had to do. You are tired and exhausted, and find yourself cursing at this decision for a jungle walk. And you can’t wait to get back to your hotel and eat a hearty meal. When suddenly, you stumble across the sight of an empty patch of lush green grass. With the setting sun on the background. The sight has momentarily wiped away all possible thoughts from your mind. It has left you left speech less, and in awe of the moment. That is when the realisation dawns upon you. That to really be happy while travelling, its very important to enjoy each and every moment of it.
To manage on limited budget
Travellers often have to manage their finances well. Preparing a good itinerary and allocating a budget after adequate research is very important. And more important is sticking to it. But, while travelling you might realise certain mistakes you’d made while planning your budget. Which in turn serves as a valuable learning experience. To be used while planning the next trip.
This is how travellers also grow their money management skills while in travel.
To move on in Life
Its very possible that while travelling, you’d meet the most fascinating of people. And come across the most picturesque of places. Often places which might be so alluring that they might make you want to never leave them. But you know you can’t do that. You do eventually need to get back to your own nest.
Because, travelling does not mean relocation. Travelling involves of, people roaming through space and time, cultures and customs, to experience the beauty of it all. But it also includes, getting back to the point of origin, to your house or abode, after all of it.
Therefore, travelling teaches a man, that to move on without attachments in life, without clinging, is the only way forward. And this lesson, is best never forgotten.
Have a great day!!