Traveling is on the daydream and bucket list of many people, but what can you actually learn from traveling? How will traveling change your life? There are many—many!—lessons to be learned from traveling. Some big and noticeable and others small and technically insignificant. Then there are the top lessons, those all important, essential life lessons that will change your life forever. The following are 3 essential life lessons that you may learn from traveling.
You must embrace having gratitude for your everyday life
This may seem cliché, but one of the most important life lessons you may learn from traveling is to appreciate what you have, personally, in your everyday life. This is especially true if you travel to areas where people have to put in lots of effort and work just to get things you may have with a figurative snap of your fingers. For instance, traveling in a remote country where water does not come out of a tap but instead must be carried, in buckets, to the home every day will give you a better appreciation for being able to turn on a tap or head to the fridge every time you need some water. When you do return home—wherever that may be—you will find yourself more grateful for things that you probably took for granted since you were born.
Everyone is the same—and everyone is different
Another essential life lesson you will learn while traveling is that everyone is the same—but, everyone is also different. Everyone is the same in that everyone has the same basic needs and desires. Everyone needs food, everyone has friends and family, everyone wants a job they enjoy and to be able to live comfortably. Yet everyone is different, too. You may visit places where cultural values are the complete opposite of what you have back home; you may find that a lifestyle or attitude you considered essential is considered completely off the wall in a different part of the world. With this life lesson, you will grain a new appreciation for the varied cultures and people around the world.
Life can change on a dime—and that’s okay
Life can change on a dime, and nothing is permanent. You will meet people during your travels that will be all-important to you during the time that you stay there… and then never meet them again. You may visit places that change your life forever, and then two years later those places are gone—torn down, destroyed in a storm, or bought by someone else and replaced with something new. Life can—and will—change without consideration of what you feel or need. And all of that change, as frustrating and helpless as it can make you feel, is completely okay. Traveling will help you get acclimated to the idea that life can change, and the acceptance of that change will alter your life forever.
These life lessons—and more—await you in your travels.