On My Travels, I've Learned...
15 December 2016 | Mri & Rob Grout | Collaboration Post
For every amazing travel photo that you see plastered around the Web, there are hundreds of more mishaps and imperfections hiding away on someone's private computer. Photos and travel moments that they would only ever share with the closest of friends and family - and sometimes not even with that tight of group. For occasionally, travel lessons are so embarrassingly severe that one never wishes to speak of them ever again, but unfortunately for those people, there always seems to be at least one witness to their embarassing moment who's far willing to spill the beans. Mwuahahahaha! However, because it's the holidays and my partner has asked me not to share some really cute photos of his 'embarassing' haircut that I gave him as a present a couple years ago (he's so ungrateful), this post is instead going to focus on the travel lessons that 25 amazing lifelong vagabonds, holiday-ers, backpackers, and travelers have all learned personally. After all, you don't have to travel for long before you're taught some of these important travel (and life) lessons!
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On My Travels I've Learned...
- Mri from Lifelong Vagabonds "On my travels, I've learned...to never make assumptions about food. What looks like soy sauce can actually be a concoction of chilli seeds and hot sauce which leaves you sweating profusely and unable to taste for 24 hrs. Needless to say, I wont be making that mistake again!" - Ashlie from AKisslife "On my travels, I've learned...that saying goodbye is not an ending but rather an opening to the next chapter. There's nothing about goodbyes that we should fear; instead, we ought to fully love and be present while the moment is before us." - Marinel from Brown Gal Trekker ""On my travels, I've learned...that regardless of language, religion, colour, or culture, we all share a common humanity that binds us all together." - Shane from The Travel Camel "On my travels, I've learned...to carry toilet paper in whatever bag you're using."- Laurianna from Digital Lala "On my travels I've learned that you can only be as happy in your out-of-town trips as you are in your regular life. Some people travel to escape, but this only works for a while. It's much better to build a life worth going back to." - Katherine from Tara Lets Anywhere "On my travels I've learned...that I will always over pack, no matter how hard I try not to. That and no matter how good my intentions are at first, I'm probably never going to voluntarily "work out" on the road. So, the skipping rope can stay at home. Might have just solved at least part of my packing problem!" - LC from Birdgehls
"Last year I visited Helsinki in winter and we spent an afternoon in Nuuksio National Park, doing cross-country skiing with a temperature of -27 degrees. My feet weren't warm enough and I had to run indoors at the earliest opportunity - which was a real shame as the scenery was magical. Lesson learned for next time!" - Margherita from The Crowded Planet "On my travels, I've learnt...so much more about myself. I've learnt I love to explore, I have a passion for learning and I'm more confident than ever to travel alone." - Hannah from Surviving Medicine "On my travels, I've learned...to always stay in a different hotel during your stay as you meet new people this way." - Mohit from Mohitarts "On my travels, I've learned...to live a minimal life." - Inma from A World to Travel "On my travels, I've learned...to take my personal safety seriously. There is no amount of money or material possession that matters more than getting home safely. Money can be made, possessions can be rebought, but nothing can bring back your life. Stay safe." -Ashlie from AKisslife "On my travels, I’ve learned to be accepting and compassionate of other cultures and their beliefs." - Lauren from #LJOJLO "On my travels, I've learnt...that I really don't like having wet underwear. I can deal with cancelled flights, drama llamas or even the dreaded traveller's tummy. Whether it's a misfortunate accident with a beverage on a bus, a spiritual festival drowning away my sins, or the hostel dryer not working after you've just put all your worldly possesions into the washing machine I simply can not deal with wet underwear." - Jeanette from Traveling Honey Bird
"Hot water is super precious and should never be taken for granted!" - Rob from Lifelong Vagabonds "On my travels, I've learned...that most people on earth are living with a lot less than I have and own, and they are fine with it. So I should never take for granted my family, my health, the roof over my head, the food I eat and the clothes I am wearing. If I have that, I am one of the luckiest woman on the planet, and I should be happy." - Dominique from Easy Planet Travel "On my travels, I've learnt...just how different cultures and lifestyles are on this planet we call Earth. - Hannah from Surviving Medicine "On my travels, I've learned...(or rather attempted to learn) how to speak Spanish. Taking five days of lessons at San Blas Spanish school and doing a homestay with a native really helped our Spanish improve. We even managed to travel around Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, and Nicaragua afterwards, but I must add it was definitely still 'survival Spanish!' " - Gemma from Two Scots Abroad On my travels, I've learned...to take time to just be in a place rather than rush around to see "attractions."- Paula from Sydney Expert "On my travels I've learned...the importance of time, especially in the mountains. For even a small break of 5 minutes can rip off the chances of witnessing the glory of sunrise from the mountain summit." - Arnav from Eat Travel Live and Repeat "On my travels, I've learned...to trust others, but to still follow my instincts. I’ve often travelled by hitchhiking, so I quickly learnt to appreciate the kindness of strangers. The majority of people, no matter where you are in the world, are inherently good. Unfortunately, I still encountered a few individuals that didn’t have good intentions. Luckily I listened to my gut and was able to remove myself from uncomfortable situations before they turned dangerous." - Laura from Plant-Based Nomads
"Sometimes, this just means that I have to plan ahead, think about what will happen if I lose my passport, break down on the side of the road, or have to adjust my itinerary to see a friend. But most importantly, this means that my preconceptions about the places that I visit are often wrong. Every country can teach you something new, and will surprise you in ways you never would have dreamed." - Aireona from Night Born Travel "On my travels, I've learned...just how few materials possessions I really need. I was never one to amass a lot of stuff but traveling made me extra aware of what is actually a necessity." - Matilda from The Travel Sisters "On my travels, I've learned the importance of connecting with nature. The countryside offers phenomenal views of the landscape and up-close encounters with the wildlife. It also rejuvenates my spirit in ways that a city break never will. Since my discovery, I try to visit the countryside at least once per trip and I can't wait to see what's in store for 2017." - Danielle from Thought Card "On my travels, I've learned...that diversity goes beyond culture and landscapes, it transcends into the consciousness that every individual person, animal and thing has its own unique and always transforming beauty." - Steven from Travel to Blank "On my travels, I've learned...that people in non-Western societies can be so sincerely happy, even if they have so little material possessions. I felt that in many places, but the most exceptional memory I have are those days we spent in a Quechua tribe in the Peruvian Andes. The people there live basically on the different kinds of potatoes they grow and not much else, but they were friendly, optimistic and cheerful." - Gabor from Surfing the Planet "On my travels, I've learned...if you actually want to explore a place deeply it is best done on foot, so try walking everywhere as much as possible." - Mohit from Mohitarts
"This year my 5 and 3 year old kids have explored the canopy walkways in Borneo, climbed temples in Myanmar, taken a long boat ride down the Mekong in Laos, ridden a water buffalo in Vietnam, and been snorkelling in Indonesia." - Marianne from Mum on the Move "On my travels, I've learned...plans can never fail, when you don't make plans."- Adventure Bloggers from Adventure In a Backpack "On our travels, I've learned...to go into destinations without any expectations. I can't tell you how many cities my husband and I went to with high expectations based on what we had read online and then ended up really disliking them. Whereas other places, like when I visited some amazing Vietnemese destinations, we went in not expecting much, but were then blown away." - Hannah from Getting Stamped "On my travels I've learned...to trust. I now talk more frequently to the locals and ask for help if I need. I have understood that there are many people out there who go out of their way to help you out." - Raksha from Solo Passport "On my travels, I've learned...not to be oversmart if I don’t know the local language. Once I was travelling in interiors of Tamil Nadu and I knew only 2 half sentences (how much & where is ..) in Tamil. One day I wanted to have a tender coconut and asked the coconut seller woman “how much”. She was so happy to see an outsider speaking her language that she started speaking to me for good half an hour without me understanding a single word! And I still did not know the price of the coconut!" - Nisha from Lemonicks "On our travels, we've learnt that underlying the diversity of different cultures and traditions are similar values; people are mostly alike and the same basic human values are shared across all traditions and cultures. This is really heart warming." - Neha from Revolving Compass
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So what travel lessons have you learned this year?