5 life-changing skills you’ll learn from traveling
Ever experienced getting lost in a foreign land? How were you able to take control of the situation? There’s no way you can call yourself a traveler if you’re not resourceful and wise enough to take over and fix such conundrums.
Travel opens up endless of opportunities, experiences and possibilities as you go along your journey. Not only does the adventure opens up your understanding and mind to other cultures and traditions but it also offers new skills to pick up along the way.
- Saving Money
Many aspiring travelers and people who dreams to travel but lack in resources yet, tend to think that traveling is expensive; that it’s fixed that way.
Lack of money shouldn’t be your primary hindrance when it comes to traveling. It may as well be the least of your problems. With a kickass plan, perseverance, determination and willingness to save for your trip, everything will fall into place.
Managing your finances responsibly will allow you to save more and spend less. You’ll learn when and what you should and shouldn’t spend your money on. Also, you’ll find creative ways to earn extra cash on the side. Sacrifices will be made to turn your travel dreams to reality, not luck nor riches.
This requires a well-rounded bargaining skill. In life, negotiation serves a significant role in our day to day; and traveling (more so if independently) helps further develop this skill.
Traveling unarguably exercises your will to compromise as well as tone down your aggressive tendencies and insensitivity to other people especially in a foreign land. Negotiating wherein both sides agree on terms that would be both favorable for each is a great skill. It may take time to hone but it’s worth all the trial and errors.
3. Living on a budget and traveling light.
Being a nomad or just a traveler enables you to stretch your chances and practice your ability to think wiser and more practical. Traveling around and booking an accommodation in a 5-star hotel and eat in a fine dine restaurant isn’t ideal for your stature.
Traveling teaches you to budget your finances wisely. You learn to live as cheaply as possible without sacrificing the little joys of life. Hostels, couchsurfing, Airbnb, eating where the locals eat and the likes allows you to practice this skill.
Also, packing light for your travels makes you be more mindful of what you really need; the bigger pack you carry, the more useless stuff you pack.
4. Improved sense of direction
Going on a journey whether it be locally or internationally exercises your sense of direction. Maps and guides are great tools but so is trusting your guts.
To improve and have a better sense of navigation, you need to set aside any confusion for a moment, follow the directions and survival skills are vital. Say you get lost in a forest and got apart from your group while hiking, you need to be critical and work your way through it.
Ultimately, the one key skill that matters and will lead you to success beyond traveling — adaptability. If you can’t and refuse to adapt in new environments, situations and cultures, you’ll hardly make it. Traveling might not be for you.
The road isn’t going to change or adjust for you as well as the culture and people in the land you visit — you are. Also, don’t let fear and uncertainty be a hindrance rather, let it be the fuel to keep you going.
Traveling allows us to grow and discover skills we never knew we had and are capable of.
What other skills do you think traveling helps us unlock? Share it with us!
About Chie Suarez
Chie Suarez sails from the PH and enjoys travelling with her family and dog. She found her passion for travelling quite late, not to mention she writes for Kims Luxury Accommodation & Romantic Getaways in Toowoon Bay NSW Australia.