Reflecting on traveling can be one of the most rewarding, yet challenging parts of the entire process. You begin to question yourself, your experiences, and the precious time you have spent finding your way through all of the weird, winding, and interesting parts of the world. But what you come away with is truly a traveler’s degree, a life degree in all the subjects you can never really name…
What have you really learned? What can you truly take away from the immense sensory overload you have just been living in the past ten months?
For me, I have developed a new love and passion for life itself, for the entire experience – the ups, the downs, and the in-between. I have developed an offensive outlook on life – an outlook where there is always a solution, because on the road there has to be a solution.
If you lose your passport, you find an embassy. If the motorbike won’t start in 100 degree heat in the middle of nowhere, you must believe that help will come (yes this happened in India, and yes the local men helped us out). If your bus is delayed ten hours, you finish an entire book. If you get food poisoning, you crawl up and die for a day, and you vow to never eat Pad Thai again (HA.. yeah right).
Travel urges you to reach for the positive in negative situations. You are going to run into problems, A LOT OF PROBLEMS, but that is okay. It is inevitable, and as long as you are able to get up and rub the dirt off, you always grow in some way. It is a continuous process, and I am far from finished, but for now I can take away these 14 things from my time on the road.
And that’s my short list for now! What have you learned from your travels abroad, or from the people you have encountered along the way? Spill in the comments below 🙂