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What are 3 things traveling has taught you?

I'd love to hear your input of what traveling has taught you, how it's changed you or what you've discovered from embarking on your journey.

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  • Krista Gray

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    This is such a good question, and it's awesome to ponder and reflect on the impact of seeing new things/having new experiences. My three things below:

    1. How to be 'scrappy'. Whether it was moving across the country to start over in a place that was regionally very different (New Hampshire to California) to spending time abroad and not speaking the native language, I found ways to utilize the experience, knowledge, and most basic skills I *did* have to make the most of each new experience.

    2. To trust myself (+ newfound confidence!). Theres something to be said for the confidence that comes from pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, and travel forces you to do this. I no longer feel contained to a small town life, or the US for that matter. I truly feel like I can go anywhere, do anything, and make it work! So freeing.

    3. To ask for help. Travel has a way of presenting situations that require asking for help, something I have always struggled with. From small things like catching a cab & asking for directions to big things like rentals, jobs, etc., learning how to simply ask for help (and sometimes trusting/relying on someone else!) has been invaluable for me.

    Looking forward to reading what others have taken from travel. Following this Q!

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  • Tiffany Weber

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    1. To See

    Before I lived overseas, I only saw beauty in the obvious places - the tourist guide stuff. Now, even in places that others find dull, I've been able to seek uniqueness, see beauty, and discover culture in the histories and people that make each place unique. Some find Calvert County a quiet, sleepy county south of Washington, DC, but it was there that I dredged for oysters, helped harvest tobacco, and attended the reburial of an African slave boy and the Oklahoma City that I lived in before has become a completely new place for me seeing it with new eyes and an insatiable curiosity to learn from places like the Chickasaw Cultural Center and even Stockyards City Main Street.

    2. To Be Courageous

    It isn't enough to see with the eyes. Travel has taught me to see through experience and some of those are scary. Sometimes it's little things like trying new foods because they're offered and I don't want to be rude... like eating chipirones (tiny squid cooked in their own ink) or snails in Valencia, pig ears in Albacete, or "lamb fries" in OKC.

    Sometimes it's big adrenaline-rush things like a HALO dive in Orange (Virginia) ziplining in Harpers Ferry, or facing a bull in Pucol.

    3. To Be Human

    Travels teaches you empathy by showing you firsthand the heart of a place through its people. And by seeing the place and learning the history, you can understand, know, and love the people even more. That enables you to be exceedingly kind, to hug strangers, to share of yourself in new ways, and to participate in local events.

    In Valencia, I made family, but that relationship began with a simple gift. The owner of my favorite bakery fell and broke her arm. My daughters painted a flower pot and I bought a plant to put inside. That simple gift to her opened the door for a friendship that endures still.

    Volunteering with a medical team in Oaxaca, seeing people as people enabled me the love and empathy to reach out to them despite smells or differences that may have distanced me before.


    Travel has been the best gift and education that I have been able to give my daughters, and through travels abroad, we've been able to apply those lessons and "travel" at home even better.

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  • Tony A.

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    #1) How beautiful the World is.

    #2) How nice people can be to total strangers.

    #3) How delicious food and wine is.

    Keep and open mind and step-out of the American brand hotels. There's a lot to learn and enjoy from the rest of the World. Make friends with foreigners. Happy trails.

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  • Carolann Hughes

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    Really great question! We reflect on this a lot actually and feel like we have grown so much as individuals and a couple through travel. Three specific things that travelling has taught us though, are:

    1. To be patient. We spend a lot of time trying to get from one place to another and it often involves waiting for one reason or another. Whether we are in queue to buy tickets, in line to board a plane, train or bus, (or get off of said plane train or bus), waiting for a delayed flight, in line at a night market for a popular stand, or attempting to communicate with someone who speaks another language, our patience gets tested on a regular basis - especially when we are travel-weary, hungry and tired. We've slowly become more patient and able to maintain our calm in a variety of situations.

    2. That people are generally good and willing to help. It's true that it's important to be aware of your surroundings, scams and other potential dangers while travelling, but we've learned that the world is not such a scary place afterall. There have been so many situations where a stranger has helped us, many even gone out of their way. People we have just met have loaned us their phones, walked us to a location we couldn't find, driven us places, fed us, and even housed us. There is a lot of good out there and we've become more open to noticing it and accepting it.

    3. To be fearless. The unknown can be frightening. Heading to a new destination with a completely different culture and language, a new system of transportation and new etiquette, can be scary. Travel forces you to face the fear of what's-to-come head on, to be more present in the moment and to take things as they come. There's always going to be some nervousness associated with leaving a place you are comfortable with and heading to someplace new but the anxiety becomes more about the excitement of the journey and less about the fear of the unknown.

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  • Gina Czupka

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    Travel has been the greatest collective educational experience of my life. With every trip, I am both enriched and humbled, because I realize there will never be any end to the learning. These are three of my favorite lessons:

    1. To be flexible. I have a strong natural inclination to research the crap out of a place and then make plans according to what I find. Travel has taught me that I need to chill out and let things happen. If I can't get into that one guest house that I read about, it's OK and I might even end up finding a better place. I've also learned to be flexible about things like getting fleas, because, well, some places you go, you're just going to get them. There are ways to get rid of them, so take it in stride.

    2. Getting dirty makes me happiest. I don't mean this in the sense that I have to go roll in the mud or something—it's more getting dirty as a side effect, then not caring about it. I've found that when I get out into a place, hike along a muddy track, sit in a dirty bus, wander down a dusty road or generally do things that are going to leave my bags grimy and my face in need of a wash, I'm always having the best time. I grew up in a family that didn't really do that sort of thing on vacation, preferring to stay in fancier places with all mod cons—turns out that's not my jam after all! Bring on the road dirt!

    3. There's always something interesting, even in unexpected places. I'll admit that I've been dismissive of wide swaths of my own country, thinking (unfairly) that there would be nothing to interest me. But I've learned that there is always, always, something of interest—you just have to be willing to open your mind and sometimes do a bit of digging to find it. The rewards that come with looking beneath the surface are very rich.

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      Let ourselves "go" enjoy the experience. Life can not be programmed to our "knows" or if we let it then we will surely miss an experience that can have a life changing opportunity for us. "Go for it!!!" · (0 likelikes)

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  • Rasto Elgr

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    1. That I need very little to be happy. Doesn't matter for how long I will be gone, I still travel with 10kg carry on and small shoulder bag. The less I have, the less I have to worry about.

    2. The more you travel, the more you understand the world and why things are working or not working as they should be. Traveling is like continuous education you pay for and eventually benefit from.

    3. To avoid resorts and touristy places since they don't give you genuine taste of culture, but artificial environment built to suit visitors, and local people with altered behavior focused many times aggressively on money.

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    • Angela K.

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      huge agree about that third one right there. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Christian Aubry

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    Good question,

    1. Never show how much money or luxury you have on you

    2. Be humble with your guest / country culture, religion and usages

    3. Discover the country you visit, but always let someone know what you're doing.

    Hope can help,

    Sorry for my bad english.

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      your english is Great! have confidence:) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Spencer Spellman

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    Love this question.

    1. Never trust a taxi driver. I don't think I need to expound here.

    2. Travel really is the greatest classroom of life. Like every sense is heightened when you're traveling and you're on your toes like never before. I really don't think there's anything we can do as adults that captures the wonder of our childhood like travel does.

    3. Most of the best travel moments are unplanned. Spontaneity really is the spice of life, but it's also where travel is at its best. We can plan and plan for a trip until every moment of every day is planned, but if a trip is so predictable, then it doesn't leave any room for the extraordinary, which is often a by-product of those unpredicted moments of travel.

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  • Kim Dayman

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    1.) Travelling solo has taught me that I need people. As much as I want to think of myself as a strong independent woman who can handle anything on my own, my life is richer and more meaningful because of my friends and family.

    2.) Magical moments can be found all over the world in the most mundane situations if you open your eyes and witness.

    3.) I am capable of so much if I only challenge myself. Travelling is full of high highs, and low lows and the experiences stretch me to be a more authentic version of myself.


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      Great answer, really inspiring! Thanks for sharing, Kim :) · (0 likelikes)

    • Angela K.

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      i love how you can express you feelings. cool! thanks, thanks for sharing too. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Sharon Oberritter

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    1. There are more similarities around the world than we realize. Because travel is a great learning experience, it's important to see both the commonalities and differences everywhere we go. I'm amazed at the number of similarities I see when leaving the US.

    2. Spend time with the residents of the countries you visit. There is so much to be shared with each other. Visit local restaurants vs. tourist restaurants. Eat the local food. Delve into the experience. I believe they are as willing to share information as travelers are in obtaining it.

    3. Practice patience and don't be afraid to ask for help when needed. The world doesn't always go at our pace, so we need to be patient and feel the experience. When needing help from the locals, just ask and I believe you will be surprised at how willing they are to provide it.

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  • RosalieAnn Beasley

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    What travel has taught me and how I have changed:

    Traveling light is not for everyone. I did that when I was younger and more mobile. But just because I need to check baggage and need help getting around, that doesn't mean that I have to give up traveling.



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      I can barely walk much or travel. I do not want to weigh 500 pounds either. So l travel where l can walk around a bit. You inspire me to keep going when everyone else is against me. · (1 likelikes)

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  • RosalieAnn Beasley

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    1) Don't sweat the small stuff.

    In the world view, almost everything is small stuff.


    2) Have a plan, but be prepared to jump ship if something better appears

    And if the plan fails, don't be afraid to ask for help

    3) Don't be ashamed to revert to the familiar if you need to. You don't need to eat calamari and snails or fish eyeballs for every meal. You can have an occasional hamburger or fish sticks without it disqualifying your trip experience

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  • Fritzi Lareau

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    1. Flush toilets and hot running water are very important to me.

    2. I would rather travel than raise kids.

    3. I am happiest on the road (as long as there are toilets).

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  • Ross Sparks

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    Don't stress the small stuff


    delays can be the best part of a trip


    travel light and never check a bag

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  • John Cherry

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    How to relate to people of any culture without words

    How to be comfortable alone

    How to find what one needs anywhere

    Travel now not later

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  • Linda Gruenert

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    1. Let your gut be your guide. Most of the time you will either have a great experience or avoid frustration and bad experiences.

    2. Expect the unexpected. Pack as many emergency items as you can. Recently I read about duct tape. It can fix a lot of things, especially shoes that fall about unexpectedly. Wrap a small amount around a fat permanent marker, make sure to put it in your checked luggage, could be a red flag for security. Marker could come in handy also.

    3. Ask for help, most people are happy to assist. Just be aware that some cultures will say they know, don't and will tell you something even thought it may be wrong or misleading or will tell you what you want to hear.

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    1. The World is smaller than we think it is and we each make a difference

    2. The Worlds people and nature are more special than we will ever know

    3. The difference your love for them all makes is Bigger than you will ever imagine

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  • Elizabeth Kite

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    1. To be open to other cultures and go where the locals go.

    2. Take pictures of where you are staying and a pic of the street sign of where you are staying.

    3. If you are from the USA set a good example because a lot of ppl in other countries think Americans are arrogant and spoiled.

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    Be humble, listen, learn. Respecting others will take you inside their culture. Enjoying them together makes memories.

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  • Susan Hoye

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    1. Get lost. Literally. The best thing that happened to me was getting lost, alone in a country where I didn't speak one word of the language, and English was rare. I got really lost by accident once, and panicked, trying to figure out getting back on track. I am SO directionally challenged. I had a coffee, pulled out my books and maps and got home. So now I'll take time to just wander around. I know I'll be able to find my way.

    2. If you're in a non English speaking country, learning even the basics : good Morning, Please and Thank you goes a long way. Whether we like it or not, Americans have a crappy rep overseas. Be an ambassador for the good in us. Don't worry if you don't sound perfect. Do your best.

    3. You don't need a ton of money. Taking public transport has given me the best, cheapest tours of some beautiful places. Take transportation to the end of the line ( if it's interesting and safe) and wander back. The # 24 bus in London goes from Hampstead to Victoria. Get a top seat and look for interesting places to stop. Tram 22 in Prague, is basically a tour of the city. Take it to the Castle and walk from the Lesser Town to the Old Town. Enjoy. Be open. Be appreciative of the opportunity you have.

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