Why travel? 10 lessons that travel taught me

We all have our own ideal travel and purposes for traveling. Sometimes, it's just for the gram and others do it for self-relaxation to get away from the tiring city stress that we get every day. No matter what, during our travels, we encounter different situations that are usually beyond our control.



1. It's okay to be alone

There are people who are totally afraid of traveling alone. We've all been there but conquering your fear means giving yourself a chance to explore new things in life, new adventures, and new friends. Traveling alone means being independent in terms of your safety, finances, and decisions and that gives you the freedom to decide for yourself.


2. Don't be afraid to try something new

Life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you know and what you can do. Dive, hike, jump off a cliff, do the things that will bring you out of your comfort zone. Be afraid but conquer it. You'll regret the days that you said no to 'adventures.'


3. You need to connect with nature

Ever experienced the need for me time? It's the time wherein you appreciate nature more than social media, night parties or alcoholic beverages. This is all about sitting on swing or hammock and appreciating God's creation in front of you. The greens, the oceans, the mountains -- they all matter. 


4. No man is an island

It's okay to be alone but we have to accept that no man is an island. At the end of the day, our paths will cross and it's a sure thing that we'll be needing one another. We can disconnect with the world sometimes but you have to bounce back, meet people and understand that we belong in a community and we need one another.


5. Take nothing but pictures

It's important that when you travel, you should not just be friends with the people you meet. It is also important that you keep the place you visit, safe and clean. Take photos but don't take home a part of it. The sand belongs to the shores, the plants and animals belong to the mountains and forests. Let's keep them to where they exactly belong.


6. You meet people along the way -- make sure that you learn from them


Traveling isn't always a perfect experience. There are days that nothing goes right -- traffic, noisy kids on board, annoying vendors following you and racist foreigners to name a few. However, as you meet people along the way, you get to assess your values and most probably, you'll be asking yourself, 'Is this how their parents raised them? Is there anything I can contribute to making a change?' As we meet people, we learn from them and we reconstruct ourselves so that one day we become a better version of us.


7. Culture is something that you must learn first hand

Culture is the root of who we are now. As I travel, I get to know more about the history of the people living in that place. As well, I enjoy learning about their own unique ways on how they managed to continuously conserve their resources and sustain their people. The first-hand experience of a culture can also be a good way for locals to learn from the knowledge that you can offer be it in the Philippines or abroad.


8. There's plenty of things ahead of you


We don't know where the end of the road is but one thing is for sure, you need to keep going. Be adventurous and be brave enough to face whatever lies ahead. There's plenty of things that are waiting for us in the coming days and all of our travels usually come to an end, what's important is that we learn a lot from our experiences.



9. You learn from other's experiences

One night at the airport, I was sitting on one of the benches at the departure area. I was so excited because I'll be flying to Korea, I came across an OFW with a child probably around three to five years old and they are at the entrance of the departure area together with two more people helping them to carry pieces of luggage.

It's probably one of the most heartbreaking scenes as the mother tries to say goodbye on her child. The child started crying so loud that the sound dominates the whole airport. The cry started to go louder when the mother finally let go of her child's hand.

We often see people at the airport that's extremely excited to travel for a few days but during that moment, I also asked myself, "How long will it take them to finally meet again?" It was then that I felt so bad about airports but there's nothing I can do about it. I had the privilege to travel abroad but for them, leaving the country means working for the whole family which makes it a huge difference in terms of the situation. This night made me realize how grateful I should be and this also inspired me to share my experiences through this blog to pay forward by inspiring others.


10. Life is not bounded by books and four-walled rooms

Every time I travel, I meet people along the way, I learn from their stories, I come across new culture and understands how things go. Growing up, our teachers would often tell us to study a lot because there's plenty of things that we need to face in the future and that we have to work hard to make a name in the industry that we wanted. As we get older, you'll realize that the competition gets stronger and what you actually learned from books wouldn't be enough.

Life is already bothersome as it is and traveling usually lessens the stress and anxiety that we get from school and work. Also, through traveling, we get to learn from your own experiences and situations and stories of other people and that encourages you to bounce back as a better person once you go back to your regular life routine.

3 Comments

  1. Great lessons to learn and share! I used to be the type of person who will just cocoon myself in a hotel room but traveling made me want to discover stories behind the places I visit

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  2. I totally agree! There's so many things to explore. I really want to visit places I only see in books.

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  3. I totally agree with you. I fell in love with travelking after my first trip to taiwan. There's just so much of the world to see and people to meet. I wish i could travel as often as I'd want to!!

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