Almost everyone dreams of taking off and traveling the world with nothing but a backpack, a credit card and a lot of nerve.
Experiencing other cultures, seeing parts of the world we never thought possible and meeting so many different people along the way – traveling is a dream many of us don’t get to experience. People who travel the world are known for being incredibly brave and through experiencing so many different cultures; they’re wise and quite frankly, the best people to give life advice. Here are five secrets travelers know that you can use in your everyday life:
1. Experiencing other cultures helps you better understand yourself
Even if you can’t afford to travel or simply don’t have the time, explore different cultures – eat different foods, speak to people who are different to you, learn a new language. Being cultured and understanding other people will make you a more understanding, non-judgemental person and along the way you may discover things about yourself that you never knew.
2. Spending money on experiences, rather than materialistic items will be more fulfilling
We all have those moments where we want to splurge unnecessarily on a new car or buy something extravagant, but travelers know the value in experiencing the world and they know that the temporary splurge on something materialistic will soon be forgotten, whereas the memory of an experience will enrich your life in ways you never thought possible.
3. Learn to live in the moment
When traveling, you can’t help but stop and take note of everything around you. The wondrous sights you’re seeing make you stop and forget about everything else for a little while. Traveling teaches you to unplug and experience life in front of you, rather than through a screen and this is something we all need to practice every now and then.
4. Being confident and getting over your fears is the only way forward
Traveling can sometimes be scary. Leaving behind a stable job, home and life can take guts and the things you may experience whilst traveling will only make your confidence grow. Scared of speaking to strangers? At some point, you’ll need to ask for directions. Terrified of the unknown/unplanned? Your flight just got canceled and you need to find an alternative route. Whatever the scenario, when you’re traveling – you just have to deal with it. Overcoming these problems is a sure-fire way to build your confidence and it can be applied to your everyday life by doing something today that scares you.
5. Appreciate what you have
Seeing poverty and how happy people can be with so little definitely puts things into perspective. Whereas before, you were annoyed because your iPhone won’t be upgraded for another six months, you’re now just grateful that you have a roof over your head and don’t have to walk miles for a drink of water. It’s hard to appreciate what you have when you don’t see other people living in much worse conditions, but traveling to third-world areas instils this into you and you can’t help but appreciate how privileged you are.
By Christina L.