The majority of people believe traveling is akin to pleasure – you’re essentially just having fun or relaxing. While that’s correct to a certain extent, the experiences you have on your journeys affect you in a much more profound way. You’re constantly learning, and hopefully becoming a better human being.
Of course, the way you travel will define how much you’re going to grow as a person – a booze-filled Full Moon Party week is very different from a volunteering experience in an orphanage. Still, whether you realize it or not, these adventures shape you and the things you learn will help you in your everyday life.
Many travelers coming back from a long-term trip, especially if they went alone, agree that they didn’t know they could achieve such a feat. They used to think they didn’t have it in them. But the moment they stepped out of a plane in a foreign country, they quickly had to figure out everything – from haggling with taxi drivers to checking in at the guest house in another language.
Each small task they overcame showed they could accomplish a lot more if they put in the effort. These travelers know that a job interview back home cannot be harder than finding – and using – a squat toilet in a crowded train station on a hot summer’s day!