Traveling is my passion. Before moving to the United States, I had my travel bucket list ready for all the places which I wanted to visit and am thankful to 2015, for giving me an opportunity to travel around so many places and explore a new horizon for myself.
I have seen the sun, the sand and the beaches of exotic Miami to the majestic Niagara Falls and re-lived my childhood at the Disney’s and Universal theme Parks, Orlando where all childhood fantasies and tales comes true. I have visited New York and have to say it is the world’s greatest city or rightly referred as, “It’s not a city but a world itself!” I went to St. Augustine, the oldest city in United States on Labor Day weekend. And my last visit was to Las Vegas on Christmas Holidays.
I have learnt enormous lessons while traveling last year and explored a different perspective towards life.
1) Travel teaches Patience:
I was the most impatient person who used to get irritated with little things like long queue for the waiting lines or flight delays or any other nuisance issues during my trips. But for the past one year, I have learnt to be more patient and enjoy that moment reflecting on myself rather than cribbing about irrelevant things in life.
2) Travel teaches Independence:
The first lesson which you will learn while traveling is Independence. You will be a decision maker to plan your trips, to explore the places and adventures from your eyes. You don’t have to depend on others.
3) Travel teaches- Don’t trust strangers
While traveling, you get an opportunity to meet different people and understand their culture. But don’t be over-friendly and trust anyone during your trips. Do your research and Goggle about places well in an advance.
4) Travel teaches- managing your cash-flows
I never was the best at managing my cash-flows. Keeping track of my expenses was always overwhelming. Well, that was before I started traveling. Long term travel or traveling on a budget teaches you to account for every cent. This is a skillset for lifetime.
5) Travel teaches you to dream big.
Traveling is like a high adrenaline rush in your body. It helps you to dream big and gives you strength to follow your dreams. It is an addiction.
6) Travel teaches you to cherish the small moments in life
I had so many cherished moments during my trips which made me smile. On my recent trip to Grand Canyon, I met a Canadian couple in a restaurant who were dining with us. They didn’t know English and I don’t know French. But we spoke for an hour through non-verbal communication, shared our laughter and had a great time together.
A personal favorite of mine is strolling under the stars on the Goat Island at Niagara Falls or playing with the undulating waves at South beach, Miami.
7) Traveling teaches you to free yourself from materialism & feel the bounty of Mother Nature
The most important lesson which I have learnt from traveling is free yourselves from the shallow streams of the worldly possessions. Nothing is permanent. Don’t run behind the whim and fancy world. But try to look behind it. Take out sometime from your busy schedule and feel the bounty of mother nature around yourself… feel the warmth of first ray of sunshine glistened on your face or play with the undulating waves at beach or watch the sound of rain drops when it’s hitting the ground or see the fishes swimming inside the pond… it’s mesmerizing… amazing… and beautiful.
Yes, travel does change you. It will stretch your limits and push you out of your comfort zone. It will open your eyes, and blow your mind. It will cause you to deal with things that most people put off all their lives and it will allow you to explore beyond your dreams. It has its cost but also its rewards and I firmly believe that it is truly beneficial to those who embrace it. No matter what stage of the game you are in, consider making travel apart of it.