he real work behind traveling is packing up, leaving your comfort zone, the familiar, your home, and experiencing new things, the unknown – new people, new place, new food, new customs and a new you! The list goes on. Traveling is being in the real world. You are up against all the odds to face what comes to you. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page, spoke by St. Augustine in the 5th century. September 27 is The World Tourism Day by United Nations World Tourism Organization. Here are ten important lessons that traveling will teach you what the world (or the classroom) would not teach you.
1- To leave your comfort zone – step out of your easy place and leave behind the family, air-condition, foods, pets and the list goes on.
2- To be more patient – Your flight will get delayed/canceled; luggage will not show up on the carousel and you may end up getting a seat with a person who needs to use washroom many times during a flight. Traveling is not as glamorous and luxurious as shown on social media.
3- To be more curious – Being in a new place you get curious about the culture, food, music, languages, and religious practices. You become curious first and then discover by asking questions and learning more.
4- To appreciate different cultures – You see things from a different angle. You are getting yourself immersed into many cultural practices from clothing to language. Every interaction you will have with a new culture will be a new experience.
5- To find beauty in small things – You appreciate your surroundings, the birds chirping, the flowers and the wind sound. You learn to stay in the moment.
6- To be responsible – You become responsible for keeping your passport, other documents, and currency in a safe place. Part of you has become a responsible adult. You know if you lose your itinerary information, you will see the consequences alone.
7- To prepare a budget – You will become more responsible for spending your money. Spending responsibly means you don’t end up with empty pockets in the middle of your trip. You have a certain amount, and you will afford your wants/needs in that amount.
Amna Khaliq is a Business Management Instructor at Northern Lights College. The views expressed are her own. She believes that kindness, smiles, love, and yawning is contagious. In her spare time, she likes traveling, cooking, reading and working out.