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12 Life Lessons that Travel Has Taught Me

12 Life Lessons that Travel Has Taught Me

Traveling gives us the opportunity to explore the world and meet new people. It encourages and inspires us to see the beauty in everything and everyone around us, and most importantly, it helps us grow in knowledge, values, and experiences.

Here are 12 life lessons that traveling has taught me.

1. I learned to live in the moment.
So many people go through life always looking at the next thing until life passes them by while some dwell on the past with despair. Everything always happens for a reason, and will work out in the end. So relax, go ahead and have that beer, look into the sunset, and be content with your life, and appreciate everything in the present moment. Don’t question things too much or try to project into the future. That’s how life should be.

Lahus Island, Caramoan

2. I learned to value experience over possessions.
Once you get addicted to the thrills of traveling and its absolute influence, you will realize that seeing the Trevi Fountain in Rome or enjoying the authentic Paela in Spain outvalues any merchandise you could ever possibly purchase. Instead of buying jewelries or those signature bags, you invest in what’s more important to you – seeing beautiful places you haven’t been to yet and immersing yourself in new cultures.

3. I learned to be more open to different ways of life.
Being exposed to many situations or meeting new people and learning about different cultures makes us more open-minded and tolerant. And, as we see the conditions in which other people live, we become more empathetic. Accepting diversity has allowed me to be more open to learning new concepts and values, leading to thinking deeper, more complex and creative ways.

Cagbalete Island, Quezon

4. I learned to pack like a boss.
Yes, you are required to carry your own bag throughout you travel. So make it comfortable and light. The smaller it is the less it sticks outs and the less vulnerable you feel. The closer you can stick to it and less cumbersome it is the happier you will be.

5. I learned to pay it forward
For every time someone helps me or is kind, if I cannot return the favor straight away I pay it forward to someone else. It feels good to help others and it helps us focus on the positive things in our lives.


Puraran Island, Catanduanes

6. I learned that people are good in nature.
I believe that most people are good and friendly in general – it’s how they display those attributes and how we interpret them that vary quite a bit. When you travel you will find out that they aren’t the minority – the world is full of good, honest people.

7. I learned to be assertive.
Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive. It is expressing your thoughts, emotions, beliefs and opinions in an honest and appropriate way. You know what you want and aren’t afraid to go get it.

Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte

8. I learned to be (more) adventurous.
The idea of jumping off a cliff is terrifying to many and exciting to a few. We are afraid that we might hurt ourselves. Like life, not everyone can be extraordinary, because not everyone has the guts to step out of the comfort zone, face the harsh realities, and make the necessary changes. Bravery perpetuates upon itself. Do something that scares you and in a year you’ll be doing things you thought were impossible.

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

9. I learned not to be cheap.
Being cheap can lead to a costly accident. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about being thrifty. But cheap? No thanks. I believe in getting what I really want, and sometimes that means spending the money and getting the best one for your buck. Buying the cheaper things, most often you end up with lesser quality and having to replace the item sooner.

Sila Island “Pink Beach”, Northen Samar

10. And not to be wasteful.
You might be wasting your money on several little things without even realizing it. Save your resources for when they are truly needed. Also, don’t throw out perfectly usable supplies.

Crystal Beach, Zambales

11. I learned to be more patient.
Patience is something that we see so little of these days. Everyone is in rush to do and go and see, that no one slows down long enough to appreciate the small things in life. Besides, everything of value takes time to grow and cultivate.

Biri Island, Northern Samar

12. Most importantly, I learned to love myself more.
Learning to love yourself isn’t easy. We are, after all, our biggest critics. It’s so much simpler to rely on someone else to love us instead. I always thought I needed a million people around me to be happy, but I realized all I need is me. And that’s enough. Traveling brought me back to life.

38 thoughts on “12 Life Lessons that Travel Has Taught Me

  1. It is just amazing how much traveling opens our eyes to a whole new dimension and learning experiences!!! Just fascinating…I can’t agree more with all the insights you’re mentioned…Thanks a lot.

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  2. It was interesting to read the 12 lesson you have learned from traveling. Great that you learned to live in the moment.
    So many people go through life always looking at the next thing until life passes them by. It’s important to focus on what is important every day.

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  3. I share similar feelings with you too as I travel very often. The changes that I see myself is buying less branded stuff and focus on more meaningful stuff such as learning to challenge new food, learn new culture and their history.

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  4. I love how people change when they travel and your blog posts has just affirmed that. Some great changes here all for the betterment of life

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  5. There are so many things to be learned from traveling, that if I listed mine I’d have to go on for at least an hour!

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  6. I didn’t think that traveling would help someone be more assertive, but I can definitely see how after reading your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Travel really can teach us so much and force us to expand ourselves through experiences. It’s a wonderful teacher!

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  8. Great list. I really like #1 and #6. Two things that I have been working on in my own life. Great article.

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  9. These are some really solid life lessons! I love all the things that traveling can teach us!

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  10. Most of us do not “Live in the moment” that is the worst thing with most of us people! We should definitely learn to learned to live in the moment then we can enjoy our life in a real way!

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  11. Traveling does teach you a lot of lessons. The most important lesson I have learned due to traveling was to open my mind and embrace all the different cultures and traditions out there.

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  12. Great, important lessons. Traveling is a beautiful experience and if you are blessed to take part in it, it’s a wonderful growing experience as well.

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  13. I really enjoyed reading this post. I think it’s so awesome that you learned to be more assertive! I’m also glad that it seems people are generally good. Often times life experiences prove otherwise. So it’s good to know their are still good people

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  14. Hi Polly, 🙂
    You know what, this is one of the best posts which I felt so real. Also, I found me in your words 🙂 I started traveling a few days ago as a travel blogger. (Not this rhymes thing, um doing a travel blog too) I feel alive now..and totally agree with all your wonderful points 🙂

    Thank you for sharing these things with others… If they listen to you and start traveling, they will definitely thankful one day 🙂 Happy blogging 🙂

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  15. I’ve always wanted to travel. I think it’s an amazing way to actually learn about other cultures and lands and I hope that one day, I’ll be able to. I have to say, I want to see your travel bags… I bet you’re some kind of packing guru 🤣 I’m always amazed to see how people who travel a lot pack, it really is impressive.

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  16. Thank you for the share. Now I have learned my lesson from you. Traveling is the best medicine for everything!

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