Whether it’s your first trip as a solo traveller, or you’ve got a campervan hired for a road trip in the Australian outback with some friends, it’s guaranteed that you’ll learn a lot about yourself. Experiences outside from the classroom, or office will show you things that the ‘real world’ can’t offer. Abandoning your comfort zone to meet new people and immerse yourself in different cultures is key to personal development, so without further ado, here’s four things you’ll learn whilst travelling:
Abandon your home comforts
Before your trip, you probably stocked up on new clothing and cosmetics to don on your travels. After trudging around in 30 degree+ temperatures with a heavy backpack, you’ll soon realise what’s essential and what’s not. An import lesson you’ll learn whilst travelling is the insignificance of material things, home comforts are nice to have, but do you need them? Probably not!
Friends are easily made
Every solo traveller wants to make friends, so if you’re travelling by yourself you’ll be sure to meet like-minded individuals. Be prepared to answer numerous questions about where you’ve been, where you’re going and where you’re off to next!
Western cultures are fast paced and it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. When travelling, patience is key, things will go wrong, trains won’t be in time and you’ll need to learn to have a relaxed attitude. It’s an important real world life lesson – don’t sweat the small stuff!
Travel is exhausting and whilst there will be lots of natural wonders to appreciate on the road, when you finally find yourself back at home, you’ll appreciate those simple things you once took for granted. Mum’s Sunday dinner, A pink skyline after work or, a smile from a Stanger. Things that have always been there, but you never really noticed.