2016 has been a year of travel for me. I have been to places I’ve never seen before. Also, on the way, I have made so many new friends and clicked so many pictures. It’s been an awesome journey.
All these journeys have taught me many things about life and myself. So here are 10 things I have learned this year from my travel excursions.
1. Enjoy and live in the moment
You have got to enjoy each moment as it comes. There is something new and worthwhile happening in every minute of your life; and you’ve got to cherish it. Even the difficult times are special as they make you stronger and wiser.
2. The world is beautiful
We keep complaining that our life is boring, we are tired or we have no friends. Travel teaches you that the world is too big for your worries. Everything around you has beauty – the trees, birds, flowers, animals, everything. Even the buildings, bridges, churches, temples, make you feel that life is beautiful. There are so many things to do and so many places to see. Life cannot be boring.
3. Don’t take anything for granted
Sometimes, while travelling, we don’t get the basic amenities we are always used to. Once I had to spend the entire night at a railway station’s waiting room. That made me realise the importance of having a comfortable bed for the night – something I always took for granted and was never grateful for. Now I know the importance of having these little things in life like food on the table, sleep on a bed, washing my hands with clean water, and so on.
4. Take risks
Travel has made me do things I could not even imagine doing. It has made me step out of my comfort zone and face my fears. e.g. Going alone on a roller-coaster, climbing a hill in the rains, and living with a bunch of strangers. But you’ve got to go for it; it’s the only way to grow and stay strong.
5. Making new friends is easy
You meet so many new people while travelling. They become your friends and you cherish the memories you make together. All my life I was told to be careful while talking to strangers. But I have made so many new friends in strangers. I’m sure we’ll meet again and stay in touch.
6. Pamper yourself
While travelling, your comfort should come first. We travel to enjoy and relax our minds. Travelling should not leave you tired or rue the day you booked your tickets. If you have to spend a little more to enjoy or upgrade an experience, don’t hesitate. e.g. I went to Gangtok by train but found the journey tiresome and uncomfortable. So for coming back home, I booked an air ticket and cancelled my train ticket. While travelling, don’t go with anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. Same goes for life! 🙂
7. Express and love yourself
Feeling happy after that boat ride? Scream’YEAH!’. I go crazy while travelling. You’ll find me jumping around all over the place laughing my heart out! It feels great to let your feelings out. Even if you are sad or angry, let it out. Express yourself and let everyone see that crazy, eccentric, imperfect, and magical you!
8. Go with the flow
We plan a lot of things but life is unpredictable. Sometimes the best trips are made when our plans go topsy-turvy. You need to take things as they come and enjoy every moment. Because you never know if you’ll ever come back to the place again. Of course, you plan your trip but if something comes unexpected, don’t miss the fun of it.
9. Always stay humble and kind
Travel makes you understand how people in different places live a very different life. People come in all shapes and sizes, but our hearts beat as one. You start respecting other cultures and learn so many new things. You realise that the sea is so vast and your boat is so small.
10. Stop procrastinating
You will never be in this place and in this moment ever again in your life. So if you want to do something, the best time is NOW. Stop making excuses and begin! I always wanted to write a blog, go travelling, click pictures, and spend time with my friends; but didn’t have the confidence. Travelling has given me the confidence to face the world just the way I am.
I hope you get to travel the world! Life is too short and the world is too big. So pack a bag; say ‘Goodbye’.