What Traveling Has Taught Me

I should probably add “…so far” to this title because I’m sure there is much more to come, but here are some of the poignant (and not so poignant) life lessons I’ve learned from my year and a half so far on the road (errr…water?):

1.You are smarter than you think

2. …But there is so much out there to learn

3. Port = left, Starboard = right (had to drop some nautical knowledge on y’all)

Port side...

Port side…

4. The world is truly a beautiful, beautiful place

Currently relishing every minute of the gorgeous mountain views in the Pacific Northwest...

Currently relishing every minute of the gorgeous mountain views in the Pacific Northwest…

...but I wouldn't mind going back to the beach.

…but I wouldn’t mind going back to the beach.

5. Your family and friends are the most important people in life, and being away makes you appreciate them that much more

6. It’s not so bad being on your own

THIS.

THIS.

7. Seemingly insignificant moments can be the ones that stick with you the longest

8. Things are a lot less scary once you’ve tried them (Vegemite, egg jam/nonya kaya, sea planes…)

Pre-seaplane flight jitters; ended up LOVING it.  Best commute to work I've ever had.

Pre-seaplane flight jitters; ended up LOVING it. Best commute to work I’ve ever had.

9. People’s opinions of you become less and less relevant …especially when you’re thousands of miles away

Oh, you think I'm weird? Here's me in Santiago, Chile not giving a shit.

Oh, you think I’m weird? Here’s me in Santiago, Chile not giving a shit.

10. The ones who truly care about you will always be there for you (and thank you Universe for modern technology)

11. This:

Now if only those whales would show their fine selves the next time we take the tender out to go WHALE watching...

Now if only those whales would show their fine selves the next time we take the tender out to go WHALE watching…

12. People are mostly the same if you get down to basics (so remind me again why we all can’t get along?)

13. …And everyone has an interesting story if you are willing to listen

Learned all about this little boy and his family in Bali.  Living a completely different life than what I've grown accustomed too, but still happy as long as they have their family and their health.

Learned all about this little boy and his family in Bali. Living a completely different life than what I’ve grown accustomed to, but still happy as long as they have their family and their health.

14. A degree in English isn’t career/life suicide

15. Watermelon juice is always a good idea

Seriously, watermelon juice- get on it.

Seriously, watermelon juice- get on it.

So, what has traveling taught YOU?

25 responses to “What Traveling Has Taught Me

  1. Are you still in the Seattle area? I am here until April 4…any chance of getting together? Nancy Jo 443-440-7413 (cell)

  2. I have to agree with pretty much everything you posted. I lived in France for a couple years. A degree in French is NOT the kiss of death, I DO have a sense of direction (just not in America LOL) and people are amazing. Everywhere! <3

  3. Thanks for the write up and Photos. I always get confused with Port and Starboard. (*Blush*)
    What Travelling has taught me is definitely as below:
    1) Always have train tickets ready
    2)Never assume that all airports is 24hours, some do closed for the day
    3)Check Bus timing
    5)Ask for help when lost
    6)Never wander into dark alleys

    Heehee.. I lvoe travelling too.. Hope to see more of your stories. Cheers.

      • Oops.. Sorry for late reply.
        Yes, for information, Adelaide International airport closed at 5pm for duty. And some smaller airport in Europe closes too for the day.. I know this sounds ridiculous, just make sure to make bus arrangements into the city. =)

  4. Bali is one spot-of-heaven-scent you should go back.
    or, maybe. go-home-to.
    if only you are still in bali, come and reach me. we can talk about this. i’m a local in indonesia (:

  5. Nice write-up, I definitely agree with 7 and 12. It is strange how I can remember little and ‘insignificant’ things from years back. They have become some of life’s most important lessons. Also, people are fundamentally the same, I wish more people would understand this principle.

    P.S. I like your “y’all” shout-out in the beginning. That is very southern of you!

    Hope all is well, travel on!

  6. You’ve pretty well nailed it in this post! I’m a lot older than you and learned these things just a couple of years ago so hats off on learning them YOUNG! I guess the main thing I learned is that I can take care of myself. Sadly, I never knew that before I traveled alone for 6 months. Now I do, so yay for that!

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