Lessons Learned Whilst Travelling


It's time for another travel linkup blog post again and this month the lovely Angie, Jessi, Emma and Nano have come up with the theme of Lessons Learned Whilst Travelling. And boy have learned a thing or two.

Learn to Eat Differently


I'm not exactly a picky eater, but when you travel you learn to eat different stuff. You learn that not everywhere they breakfast on porridge or croissants. Some countries you have to make do with a curry or a fried rice. You try something new like guinea pig, snake or dog because that's the only thing on the menu. You learn to eat with chopsticks or even with your fingers.

Lessons Learned Whilst Travelling

Learn New Languages


When you travel, people speak differently. Sometimes they speak English, a lot of times they don't. Not to mention the lack of Dutch language skills in pretty much all of the other countries. So you learn a few words, or do a couple of courses while abroad (Nice way to meet the locals as well.) or you just make up your own language, with sounds and gestures. A very effective way to order a chicken dish in Japan or any other country for that matter, is to flap your arms and make pokpokpokpok sounds. Although having said that, I'm not so sure if a Japanese chicken says the same as one in Argentina.

Learn Survival Skills


When you travel, stuff goes wrong. Trains are cancelled, snow falls from the sky or stuff breaks or gets lost. The first couple of times it's perfectly normal to go into a frenzied panic, but the more often stuff happens, the more resourceful you become. You get on a bus if the train doesn't show up, you make the most of an extra day in Philadelphia till the snow stops falling and when stuff breaks or gets lost, you cut your losses and you just buy new stuff.

Lessons Learned Whilst Travelling

Learn to be Adaptable


When you travel, stuff is different. Different food, different weather, different ways of doing stuff, etc. You can't go anywhere without being open-minded. Now I like different food and weather that is different from UK/Dutch weather, but the different ways of doing stuff sometimes catches me off-guard too. Like going to the loo. People do their business in different ways in other places. Don't think that a sit-down toilet, or toilet-paper, or even a private cubicle is universal. In many Asian countries you squat to p and afterwards use a water hose or a bucket to clean up. In Thailand I even found myself doing my business among some curious chickens and pigs.

Lessons Learned Whilst Travelling


Learn to Love Your Own Company


The last few years I've travelled by myself quite a bit and I can wholeheartedly recommend it. The first few trips you'll feel a bit apprehensive, but soon you'll love not having to argue over what to do and where to go, you'll appreciate having hotel rooms to yourself not to mention ownership of the AC control, the TV remote, the bathroom, king size beds and oh the absence of snoring. Utter bliss.

Lessons Learned Whilst Travelling

Comments

  1. I've never travelled on my own but you're making it sound appealing - I'd love to not have snoring every night! x

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    1. haha, best thing ever about travelling on your own. Believe you me.

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  2. I have never travelled on my own before but I may someday. I love my own company.

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    1. Well I think that is a good start! :-)

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  3. I have never travelled on my own and I don't think I want to. I like to have company.

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    1. Different strokes for different folks I guess. Everyone is different.

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  4. Lots of key learnings! I love my own company so no issues there for me :)

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    1. I am so with you. No arguments with yourself when travelling alone. :-)

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  5. I travelled on my own for the first time for my recent trip to Switzerland. I was glad to have the experience but I definitely prefer being with someone.

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    1. If I could find a husband to come with me, I think I would prefer that too!! :-)

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  6. I have never traveled alone but being an introvert, sometimes I think it would be awesome.

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    1. I like it and if you do want to chat, you can just strike up a conversation any time. And if it doesn't work out, you can just go off on your own again.

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  7. It's the toilet one I struggle with the most, even though I've used some pretty horrendous or basic ones over the years, especially having spent a lot of time as a child in India visiting family etc. Anything else I'm fine with - food, making an effort with language etc but when it comes to adapting to the toilets, that's when I most miss my creature comforts!

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    1. haha, I hear ya! I need a proper toilet. I do love the ones in Japan though. They come with lots of gadgets and stuff.

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  8. I do enjoy travelling by myself sometimes too and i think we all should do it from time to time! It's such a good eye-opener! =) The going to the loo thing though it something I struggle with, too, like Shikha haha! =)

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

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    1. haha. I am with you both. And you are right. I like travelling with friends, but I do love a good trip by myself now and again.

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    1. It never is a bad thing to love being by yourself and loving yourself. Right?

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  10. Being adaptable is so vital...if things don't exactly go to plan its great to be flexible and able to put that into perspective. :-)

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    1. Absolutely. Stuff happens in life and not just when you are travelling...

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  11. So many amazing skills that travel can teach us! Thanks for linking up :)

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