I am a university student and It’s been a start of a new semester this week. In one of the courses teacher asked us to introduce ourselves. I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t mention travelling as his crucial hobby.
What the hell there is with constantly moving from one place to another! Every wanderlust becomes so addicted once they start to wander around globe. Despite travel is such a simple word, there is a lot included.
I will specify some of my personal traits that I found has changed over periods of time when I went for some longer journeys. Also, I will tell you why they are essential.
Being tolerant. Not meaning I haven’t been tolerant before. I always…eh…tried to. It will often happen that someone pisses you off. It can happen due to the nature of a person you are facing or we can consider the cultural differences. Or both. Imagine someone farts next to you just because it’s absolutely natural and obvious for them. You can think they are disgusting but they might think the same about some of your habits. You learn how to accept inequalities and your inner survival is consequently eliminated.
Being less materialistic. Who doesn’t love quality stuff which lasts for good, looks perfect and is from your favourite designer who you share their philosophy with. I’ve loved expensive and branded stuff. I still surely do though. When people recently asked me what I brought from my travels, I said nothing. Meaning nothing for me, I only brought few presents for people of some importance to me.
Before, I would surely buy pieces of clothes, accessories, jewellery or some cosmetics. However, I didn’t really have much thoughts about buying any unnecessary gadgets when travelling recently, rather the opposite. I just felt I didn’t need anything apart from the basics. Well, is this connected with switching priorities over the time?! When coming back home, I was horrified by that amount of things I had. Ended up like throwing half of them away.
Love simple things. Whether it’s sunny, slightly rains or a little bit windy. Nature. Laugh, innocence, children, amazing food. When your friends tell you something nice… You just learn to enjoy that beauty.
Personal finance management. You probably know or had learned how to work with your money (re)sources during lifetime. Indeed, people sometimes do this and if not, some financial advisors help them if they feel lost…most likely. Yet, here comes the crucial part when you probably quit your day-time job and there is no more income flow to your bank account. Obviously, you learn how to manage a limited source of money you’ve saved for that journey. It’s essential to have something like a fuck-off fund to be totally prepared for less sunny days which you don’t expect. This definitely taught me how to be more modest.
Stress resistance. Sometimes it happens that you appear in more dangerous situations. Thus everything can always happen. When not surrounded by friends and family, it’s matter of your own choice how you deal with unexpected moments.
To be clear, let’s look at some examples. Majority of those happened to me…
Imagine someone steals your bag (where you have ALL the documents, ALL the money, keys, phone, iPod – whole your life put in one package). You get totally lost in an unknown place or a city. You do something illegal (either you know or you don’t it’s prohibited) and police gets you. What about missing your flight, reacting when it’s cancelled or booking one for a different day (in my case for a different month, twice, voilá!). You meet some dangerous species of animals. Problems with visas, not being able to enter a country. You borrow a motorbike which breaks in the middle of nowhere. You live in a house and they kick you out so you can do nothing (even though paying the rent and other formalities – this happened like 4 times to me in different scenarios. Do I really look and act that creepily?! It just might be a serious message to me from up there).
Anyway, it’s all about critical thinking – reacting to obstacles, solving problems, fitting into different situations quickly.
Capable of talking about different topics. And so knowing a bit about everything. You know that…everyone knows something you don’t and expertise on something different. A lot of space to suck their knowledge out with not that much pain as learning it some other, possibly more boring ways.
Learning a bit from various languages. And mainly, different language accents. Sometimes you think a person is speaking Japanese when you realise they talk in English to you. Learning how to use your body language well if no language works for communicating is significant. You expertise in dumbshow which can be handy when playing some games with friends later (Activity, for instance) or if you are considering further theatre career. Everyone teaches you a bit from his native language. It usually is something basic or some bad words are favourite.
Value your friends, family, background. Being aware of those who mean something for you. When far away from home, you miss your relatives. When having a hard time, they support you no matter how far you or they are and they give you some valuable advice. When just feeling like you want to have a piece of home with you, you can talk to them anytime. You appreciate when you come home and can rely on someone there. Hence you know they are trustful though not seeing each other over a long period of time.
How to find a job and make important documents in other countries. I guess that counts too, right?
Getting back on a track again. This point is very important to me. I don’t know how about you but I have a lot of basic personal schedules and habits which I want and like to obey because they keep my life in balance. And they all perfectly work for me. To be precise, I have kinda’ system in what I eat, how often I do sports, time management routines, day regime etc. When going abroad, we do totally different stuff. Yes, I like to learn, innovate my habits, receive interesting advice from others…but I highly and usually wanna get back on that route I’ve shortly left.
So…what was the fundamental reason why do I have infinite orgasmic needs to travel?
It’s not all like going to a country, ticking it on your “to go list” and go on to another one. It’s too about the journey which is ups and downs, as the life is. You might be looking for a self-discovery or you found yourself already but you always change somehow. Every little piece of the journey, every person you meet on the way counts and change your way of thinking to some extent.