10 things to learn from travelling
“and then I realised adventures are the best way to learn”
I was watching an interview with the Bucket List Family, and Jessica mentioned how she was pushed completely out of her comfort zone, but how grateful she is and how much she learnt from it. These 10 tips are based off that idea; something to remember for the next adventure.
- It doesn’t need to all run smoothly, and it won’t – when I was in Kenya, we had a phrase; TIA (This Is Africa). Whenever something went wrong or pushed you outside your comfort zone, you had to say to yourself ‘TIA’, and get on with it. I kinda use this for life in general now (TIL?).. But it’s a good way to get used to a place you don’t know; go with it and don’t stress out about the unknown. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
- Spend as much time out and about as you can – go for a walk and explore.. every day! Delicate one day to stay inside if you want to, but don’t bring Netflix on holiday, watch the stars instead. Maybe they’ll look different from where you are. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
- Game plan before you go – some rough guidelines of a few places you want to try out will always come in handy. This is especially useful when you’ve had enough of wandering and just need somewhere nice to eat; Tripadvisor it. Don’t plan everything though; depending on who you’re with, getting lost can be the best part. “One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.”
- Ask people – especially about where to eat, the locals are your best guidebook. You’re allowed to talk to strangers on holiday, that’s the rules, right?! No but seriously, just ask around if you’re not sure where to go. People usually want others to see the best bits of their country, so you’re bound to end up somewhere special. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.”
- Cultural sensitivity. The extent of this depends when you go, but the most important aspect of going somewhere new is that you respect it. Do your research; if it’s frowned upon to show skin, don’t show skin. You may not agree with it, but it’s not your home. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”
- Establish friends – meet new people, talk to them about anything, you will always learn something new and I think that’s the most exciting bit about travelling. Also, friends all over the world tend to come in handy when you’re looking for a cheaper place to stay! “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”
- Live in the moment – don’t concentrate so much on the pictures you take. If there is a special moment, truly appreciate it because it might never come again. Sharing experiences with people is better than sharing them with your camera. Which brings me onto my next point..
- Write it down – if something amazing happens, go write it down. The amount of times I wish I’d recorded stuff from previous travels in a journal.. You just want to re-live the exact feelings you had at the time, so writing those feelings down will be the best thing to look back on. “Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
- Save and spend – it’s important to budget, and know what you can and can’t afford. But, just go and do it anyway. If you so badly want to do something but it’s not in the budget.. it’s always worth it in the end. You’ll earn the money back. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”
- Finally, if something intrigues you but scares you, do it anyway. “The goal is to die with memories not dreams”
If you don’t know who the bucket list family are, check them out; https://www.instagram.com/thebucketlistfamily
Who wants to go on an adventure?