Recently I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled through Europe and visited four absolutely incredible cities:
- Amsterdam – The Netherlands,
- Cannes- France,
- Monaco – Monaco and
- Prague – Czech Republic.
Traveling is something that really teaches you a lot about the world and about yourself. I find that whenever I spend a few weeks in another country, amongst a different culture and being without my usual problems and stresses, that my perspective on life changes a lot. I begin to see the world in a different light. There’s just so much beauty and variety to appreciate. I even find that I end up changing priorities and future goals when I’m traveling, simply because I learn and grow so much that my initial priorities and goals seem less important.
Here are some life lessons that I learned on my travels which I would like to share with you…
1-)The World Has So Much To Offer
Each of the above-mentioned 4 cities is completely different to the next one. In fact, they are as different as you can imagine. Yet these are only 4 cities in the continent of Europe.
The world seriously has so much to offer. There are so many beautiful places, so many different cultures, so many kinds of people, food and traditions.
It’s difficult to describe the feeling that you get by traveling and seeing different parts of the world. It makes you feel alive, it makes you feel like you are part of something big, like you really are a part of this big, beautiful world. It’s kind of like being a kid in a giant toy store. Everything is awesome, you feel excited and you don’t know where to look or what to explore first.
2-) You Can Have A Great Time Anywhere
I already knew this, but once again I confirmed this. You can have a great time anywhere in the world, any city, any country.
All you need is a friend or someone cool to hang out with, and it doesn’t matter if you are in a small town in the middle of nowhere or an enormous, bustling city where nobody speaks your language.
There is no need to be afraid that you don’t know anyone in the place where you are going. That is part of the adventure. If you just do your thing and be happy you are likely to meet some very interesting people on your travels.
Be open to talking to people, the guy sitting next to you on the bus or train. The girl serving you at the restaurant. Ask someone for directions when you are lost. Ask someone what is fun to do in their city.
3-) Time Goes By So Quickly
Your days are numbered. You may still have 80 years to live, but time really flies by.
Before your trip, a few weeks of vacation seems like an eternity and a dream come true. It is indeed a dream come true, but it is far from an eternity. A few weeks of traveling fly by, and before you know it your trip is over and you are back home again.
I’m telling you this to make you aware of how awesome it is to be alive, to be breathing right now. When you are aware of the fact that time passes so quickly, you really learn to enjoy every single moment of every single minute. Every experience becomes so much better and more intense. You really live.
4-) People Are People
On a very broad level, people are people. This is true everywhere in the world.
Of course there are different cultures, people speak different languages and have different beliefs in different parts of the world. But whether someone speaks Dutch, Czech, French or even Chinese for that matter, they are all just people like you and me.
There are good people and there are bad people. Some will help you and some will try to take advantage of you. It’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and do your research before you go anywhere. Never be too trusting of strangers, know what the rules are and don’t feel guilty to say no to someone who is trying to rip you off.
5-) It feels Nice To Live With Less
When you travel it gives you a chance to get away from all your possessions and all your stuff. I travel with a bag, a small backpack and my laptop. For the few weeks that I’m gone, that is everything that I own.
It feels so nice to be so light and so free. To have everything that you need in just 2 bags. You can move so easily and have little to worry about.
Of course you need money to pay for accommodation, food and transport, but for the rest you don’t need anything else. It just reminds me of the fact that I have so much stuff at home, all stuff that I don’t really need.
6-) Money May Not Buy Happiness, But it Makes Life Easier
They say that money is the root of all evil. It causes wars, fuels the greed in people and causes people to kill and destroy.
The fact is that we all need some money to live, because we need a place to stay and we need to eat.
While is is by no means a guarantee that having lots of money will make you happy, give you lots of love and friendship and bless you with good health, having some extra money can make life more pleasant.
You don’t need $200 million yachts and $300 000 cars to be able to live an absolutely amazing life. There are people who travel the world and live in different cities and countries every few months for less than $1000 per month.
My opinion is that you should not slave your life away or dream of millions of dollars in your bank, but it is definitely worth working hard and smart to save up enough to be able to do what you want, when you want (within modest reason).
7-) One Single Action can Change Your Entire Life
Life is one continuous mystery and adventure. You never know what is going to happen in the next 5 minutes, let alone next week or next month.
I’ve learned that one single action at any point can alter the course of the rest of your life. One person you meet or don’t meet, one city you visit, one business deal, one idea.
This can happen whether you are in your normal routine at home or when you are traveling the globe. Of course, it is much more likely to happen when you travel and explore new places and meet new people.
I wouldn’t say that it is a bad thing, nor always a good thing. It’s just life. Life changes constantly and is totally unpredictable. Enjoy the ride!