I have been blessed to be able to travel quite a bit for the last two years. I’ve come to appreciate the people that I meet along the way.
There are a lot of things that you just can’t learn from a textbook. There’s an old saying “You learn more by traveling than studying textbooks”. I really believe in that. Life is too short to not see the world. Ironically though, once you start traveling you begin to see the world as very small.
I am happy to say though, there are positives to traveling. I am so sad to say though, there are negatives to traveling. But let’s be more positive and start with the good stuff shall we?
1 – Appreciation of the world
Like I said earlier, you come to realize how small this world is. However, you also come to realize how different and unique each country is as well.
What you think is norm in your own daily lives may be completely absurd in another part of the world. While traveling to Mumbai, I saw first hand how people lived in the slums. To me the living standards was almost unbearable, however to them it’s the way of life and they won’t trade it for anything else in this world.
Someone’s trash could be someone’s treasure.
2 – Obtaining Knowledge
I don’t think I am a smart person. But being able to soak in the different cultures definitely makes my brain feel a little bit more alive. I love learning about the different backgrounds of the people I meet whenever I travel, and I always am able to take something away.
Did you know in Korea, guests can never pour drinks for any? It is the hosts responsibility . Furthermore, if they fill your cup up, you need to finish it right away. But there’s the dilemma, when do you actually stop drinking then? Interesting!
3 – Learning about myself
Although I travel as a team, I do at times conduct my site seeing by myself. I realize when I do this I learn a lot about myself, what I like to do, how I like to plan, how I want to be treated etc.
These are things that I have not realized when I was back home, in Toronto.
I think this in itself, is the best thing traveling can give you.