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In the last 5 years, I’ve had the privilege to visit 17 different cities. Within being 2017, and the beginning of the year still, I thought it would be good to reflect back on all the places I have been and share with you guys the 17 things I have learned from travelling to 17 cities around and the world. I thought these would work as 17 reasons why you should travel the world too!
More often than not find myself thinking of all the things I want to do and all the things I want to see that I forget to look back on all the things that I have done and all the things I have seen, and most importantly all the lessons I have learned.
Travel has shaped my life in more ways than I can imagine, like most people who have had the privilege to see the world, travel has become part of my heart.
The 17 Reasons Why You Should Travel the World.
#1 Because There’s More to a City Than Just Shopping
LEARNT IN: Portland, Oregon
I live in Vancouver, BC so Portland is an 8HR bus ride away, and 20-year-old me thought that a great reason to visit Portland was just for the shopping, so we went, only to shop. And when I say only to shop, I mean I didn’t plan out anything other than the malls and outlets we were going to go to, and these places weren’t local gems they were chain stores you could find anywhere and yeah, it got really old really quick. And I found myself bored in an amazing and vibrant city because I had a one track mind and built my trip around that.
#2: So You Can Appreciate Your Backyard
LEARNT IN: Seattle, Washington
Seattle is about 3 hours away, and we mostly went in the past to shop, and again exclusively that. I remember the first time we went to Seattle to see the city, and my goodness, it’s an amazing city, filled with so much charm and quirks. Seattle quickly stole my heart and made me realize that some of the coolest cities are closer than you think.
#3: To Have More Memories
LEARNT IN: Orlando, Florida
Back in 2015, we did a family trip to Disneyworld. Yes, it was an epic trip, but it was also a drama-filled the trip. Because hanger is a real thing, and if you do travel in a group and someone is hungry don’t take what they say too seriously because they don’t really mean it. It’s really there stomach talking, so feed them, give them some space, and then go back to annoying them, they’ll be a better sport about it then.
#4: Learn Valuable Lessons
LEARNT IN: Whistler, BC
I’ve been to Whistler a total of 3 times, all three times were during offseason, and all 2 times I found be self-bored and asking myself why did I spend the money to come here, when I knew, I knew I could just do the exact same things at home. Then I realized why, because everyone always tells me how great Whistler is, and I fall for it every time. So I learned that you shouldn’t do things based on other people opinions, do what’s right for you.
#5: Because Home is Not a Location, Home is a Feeling
LEARNT IN: Berlin, Germany
This is one of my favorite lessons, it was coming to the end of my 6-week European adventure and I was really missing home. Berlin was one our final stops and I couldn’t believe how much it felt like home, how instantly safe I felt and how “home” wasn’t a bed in the house I grew up in, but home lives in the people I surround myself with, the environment that is around me. So why you should travel the world? so you can write your own definition of home
#6: You’ll Meet The Most Amazing People.
LEARNT IN: Corfu, Greece
We were in a tiny town, and a tiny island surrounded by a handful restaurants, endless beaches and the best possible locals I have ever met. It was there that I learn that it’s the people you meet that make you remember that places And that’s Why You Should Travel The World too!
#7: You’ll Learn About Different Customs
LEARNT IN: Barcelona, Spain
We came to Barcelona after being in London and Paris, not to say Barcelona isn’t bustling, it just wasn’t that huge metropolis like London and Paris were. When were in Barcelona, it literally seemed that everything was closed all the time and we couldn’t sync ourselves to the lifestyle as quickly coming in from Paris. It took a second but I soon learn that different places mean different customs and Barcelona was definitely a more laid back culture. Where people hang out on the beaches and not the streets. So learned about other cultures is one of my biggest reasons Why You Should Travel The World too!
#8: You’ll Be Able to Reflect Better
LEARNT IN: Hamburg, Germany
My bad attitude in Hamburg lead to a bad experience, it could have been better. But by the time we reach Hamburg I spiraled into a bad mood and reflecting I realized that if I stayed positive, I would be better. It’s because I wanted things to go badly so I could continue to blame the world that I had a bad time while I was there. So travelling the world helped me become better at reflecting so that’s why you should travel the world too!
#9: You Can Get lost and Eat Incredible Food
LEARNT IN: Rome, Italy
When we got to our Rome Airbnb, we realized that for one our host didn’t really speak English and for two, there was no wifi. I repeat, there WAS NO WIFI and we were in a foreign city where we didn’t know the language. So on our first night there, we got lost. We got off at the colosseum station and just explored and it has to be one of my most memorable memories because we didn’t have any idea where we were going and got to be so enamored with all the things we were seeing. No wifi that day, meant no plans, no itinerary, just a free roam of Rome. So why you should travel the world? so you too can get lost.
#10: Mother Nature is An Incredible Person
LEARNT IN: Geiranger, Norway
We cruised our way through Norway. And I can’t remember with we were leaving Geiranger or coming to Geiranger, but I do remember thinking how cool it was that we were chasing the sunset because we were on a ship and at 11 pm the sun was still setting and it continued to do so until 1 am and probably even
#11: Embrace the FOMO
LEARNT IN: Bergen, Norway
I did not want to leave the ship the day we docked in Bergen. I don’t know why I just didn’t want too. But as I saw people leave I started to get a real sense of FOMO. And just had to go with them. And holy moly was this one of the prettiest cities I have ever visited. I am so glad I just embraced my FOMO and put my desire to stay back aside.
#12: Push Yourself Even When You’re Lazy.
LEARNT IN: Alesund, Norway
Everyone was talking about climbing this mountain, I did not want to climb the mountain, I wanted to sit and do nothing, But my dear Angus wanted to climb, so climb we did. And we were met with the best view. So my lesson here is don’t be lazy. When you are going in the city for the day, you might not regret not doing it, only because you didn’t realize what you missed out on. Remember that as one of your reasons Why You Should Travel The World.
#13: Travel Teaches You Make Due With What You Have.
LEARNT IN: Olden, Norway
If you are familiar with cruising, you would know that some ports they stop are excursions exclusive port, ie you have to pay to do something. We were broke and did not have that kind of extra money to spend on an activity (it was hundreds of dollars) so when the cruise ship docked, and we were met with nothing. Instead of turning around we just walk around, and took dumb pictures and talked about nothing, yet I remember the day so clearly still.
#14: Everything Is That Much Better In Person.
LEARNT IN: Stavanger, Norway
By the time we got to Stavanger we were 8 cities deep into our European adventure, and by that time I started to realized that some cities were better depicted in pictures. In pictures you don’t see the ugly, people just capture the pretty things. I soon learn the ugly is what makes the city just as much as the pretty. But in you ever find yourself in Stavanger you will know that such picturesque places exist.
#15: It Forces You To Become a Morning Person
LEARNT IN: Honolulu, Hawaii
Wake up early, watch the sunrise, and go to the most popular tourist destinations before anyone else. Honolulu is packed with tourist and everyone seems to want to do the same things as you do. Instead of doing it at the same time as everyone else, we did it early and we did it all without crowds. It was wonderful, and I am forever going to start my days as early as I can and take an afternoon nap instead.
#16: So You Can Appreciate The Ugly Side Of Each City
LEARNT IN: Paris, France
The first time I went to Paris I thought it was a pretty dirty city, so much so that I just focused on that. And focus wrong I did. The second time we went, I realized how much time I focused on the ugly before that I didn’t appreciate all the pretty thing that Paris offers. And that made me realized that without the old and the ugly I wouldn’t see the old and the pretty. And that’s Why You Should Travel The World too!
#17: You Can Fall in Love With a City.
LEARNT IN: London, UK
I’ve never been to a city so bustling, filled with so many passionate people. I fell instantly in love with London. London still is my favorite city and I would take any excuse to go back. I have even considered going back for a weekend (London is a 9HR plane ride for me) that’s how much I love it there.