Life Lessons That Only Travelling Can Teach You

If you’re new to my blog, you could be mistaken in thinking that travelling is something I’ve been interested in my entire life. Considering that Mile in My Glasses is, at it’s core, a travel blog – it’s understandable that from my posts about places to visit and cheap tricks and tips to get there, you could think travelling is something I’ve been brought up on since day one.

The truth is quite different. Travelling is something I’ve only found real passion for in the last two years. It’s something that developed itself while I grew older, and only after visiting international countries with my nearest and dearest did it truly ignite. That’s something I wanted to talk about today.

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Travelling has taught me more about myself than anything else I’ve ever done. Once you’re out there, away from home – whether that’s in another country or simply another city, you find a piece of independence that you don’t often find yourself needing when you’re in familiar surroundings.

I came into a similar situation this past week, actually, when I was driving to a shoot – which just so happened to be up in the mountains – and the sat nav dropped me off in the middle of nowhere. A thick fog had descended, my car was stalled on the side of the road and I was already late due to a herd of sheep that decided to cross the road one by one half an hour before! Grabbing my phone, I discovered that I had no signal and was essentially stranded.

But from dealing with similar situations when out in different countries, sometimes when you don’t even speak the same language as those around you, I had the independence to know what I had to do. I found the closest people and asked for help. It might seem an obvious thing to do, but only three or four years before – when I rarely left my comfortable surroundings – I wouldn’t have known that.

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The thought alone of stopping someone – even someone I wouldn’t see again in my entire life – would bring me out in a cold sweat. I wasn’t used to talking to people and it was something I wasn’t confident in doing. I talked about this in another post, Why I Love Travelling (linked here!), how pushing through that boundary of comfort really changes your life for the better.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, as they say.

I know that through visiting different places, and experiencing different cultures, it’s enriched my life for the better. And that doesn’t have to be through a one week, or a two week stint. Just a long weekend full of experiences can make a world of difference.

It’s something that I couldn’t recommend more than I do to anybody and everybody. You don’t need to go far, but you do need to go. Just throw yourself into the unknown and see what kind of person you are. Take a trip, find yourself.

2017 has taught me that self discovery is one of the most refreshing, incredible bits of education you can learn.

“And then I realised, adventures are the best way to learn.”

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Where is one place that you’d love to visit? I would absolutely love to know! Also, do you have any funny stories from travelling or learning about yourself? Be sure to comment below, or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses!

I hope you have a wonderful day,
Michael

  • So true! I remember I went with my dad to a business trip a few years ago to China. He goes there every year. He speaks English and Spanish… and some simple words in Chinese. He has this adventurer soul. So one day we went to the reception desk of the hotel to ask how to pronounce the place we wanted to go… my dad repeated a few times until he got it right. We sat in the taxi and he said the words. Minutes later we were exactly where we wanted to be! Language shouldn’t be a problem to travel.

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    • Thank-you for this story, Melissa! I’m fascinated by language and translating phrases from one to the next – I completely agree that visiting the hotel reception for guidance on how to pronounce places you want to go is such a good idea!

      I hope you have a lovely Saturday,
      Michael

  • I would love to see so many places, e.g. the US, Cuba, Iceland. The world is so beautiful and different.

    XO

    Daria

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    • I completely agree with you, that’s one of the best things – just exploring so many different countries! Thanks for commenting!

  • Bernice Abuan

    I love this insightful piece! I’ve travelled across the US, Asia, Oceania, and South Africa! So my next adventure will be Bali and then hopefully to the maldives!

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    • Thank-you so much Bernice! That sounds amazing! I hope you have an amazing time! Thanks for the lovely comment!

  • Being thrown into unknown lands with unforeseen circumstances really does grow you as a person like nothing else does. Good read

  • best read of the day! thank you for sharing…
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  • Travelling does test you mentally and physically but in a super rewarding way! Great post!

    Emma x

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    Love this post!! Your inspiring words made my day!! Thanks for sharing!
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    Mónica Sors
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  • Kim

    Traveling definitely teaches you life lessons that you wouldn’t have gotten beforehand. You never know when a flock of sheep will decide to cross the road!! As for the one place I really really want to visit… it’s New Zealand! Totally on the other side of the world, but I yearn to see their dramatic landscapes (and sheep).

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

    • I totally get you, Kim! New Zealand is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, too! I had a friend of mine move out there about 7 or 8 years ago and I remember when they moved I thought they might as well have been moving to another planet because we didn’t really have much internet back then and there was little or no way to stay in contact! Ha! How things have changed, ey!? I hope you have a lovely start to your weekend!