Life Lessons From Travel That Will Change The Way You See The World
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust
While scrolling through social media, you can’t help but feel a sense of wanderlust looking at beautiful beaches & incredible cities wishing you could be there.
So you scroll a bit more to imagine what it would be like sitting on the shores of paradise, not worrying about any of the problems you face back in the “real world.”
That’s what our idea of travel has become: a misconception of perfection based on idealism and fantasy. But in my opinion, travel is also a great way to improve our lives & way of thinking.
So what you will find below are several takeaways from traveling to 15 countries during the past few months. These specific lessons helped me to improve my confidence, let go of fear, and completely changed the way I see the world. I hope they do the same for you.
Language barriers aren’t an obstacle.
There’s a big chance that you’re afraid to go somewhere because you can’t speak the language. You’re scared of not being able to communicate, ask for directions, or have conversations with the locals.
My advice? Travel there anyway.
One of the best tips I learned while traveling is to download Google Translate for offline use as you can use it anywhere without having an internet connection. Of course, it’s not going to be as efficient as taking the time to actually learn the local language fluently. But when you don’t know how to get to the airport, technology can be your best friend.
Travel allows you to discover who you are.
I always used to be afraid of being alone. After all, the concept of being in a foreign city without any friends or family gave me nightmares due to having social anxiety.
But after visiting several countries on 4 continents, solo travel has undoubtedly forced me to become more independent in both my thoughts & actions.
Try it sometime. Because you’ll be able to create a level of independence that’ll enhance your quality of life forever.
Travel can be affordable.
Most people have a misconception that travel is always expensive. But in reality, I’ve found that the opposite is true.
Let me explain.
Social media tends to portray a false reality of travel being an experience for the wealthy: flying first-class, staying in fancy villas, and drinking expensive cocktails on the beaches of the Mediterranean. However, if you plan carefully according to your budget, it can often be cheaper than living in your home country.
It’s just a case of identifying significant expenses and finding ways to reduce the cost. To get you started, here are some examples:
- Opt for a private room on AirBnB instead of an entire apartment. Even in more expensive cities such as Melbourne or Toronto, it’s pretty easy to find decent rooms for around $30–40 per night. Plus, you have people to talk to so you won’t get lonely.
- Use budget airlines to get around the local region instead of national carriers. While in Europe, I was able to get a flight from Berlin to Paris for approximately $50 with Easyjet. Even with the checked baggage fee, this was a massive reduction in price compared to Air France, who were charging $190 for the same journey.
- Take public transport when possible. If you’re going to be in the city for a while, buying a monthly pass will give you peace of mind knowing you can travel anytime on the network. Also, taking public transit to the airport will often be 5–10x cheaper than a taxi.
Do your research, plan your expenses out in advance, and you’ll be surprised at how much money you’re able to save.
Solo travel is a fantastic experience that will improve your confidence, increase your independence, and change the way you see the world.
I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Marcel Proust, who perfectly speaks about how travel broadens the mind:
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
What are you waiting for? There’s a world of opportunity out there.