As I write this, I am on a bus in the heart of Macedonia. The sun is streaming through the windows.
I’ve got a flat plain for as far as the eye can see of my left, and rolling mountains on my right. Safe to say, life is pretty good right about now, but when isn’t it when you are travelling?
You always hear people say “travelling is the best thing in the world. Just do it.”
If you are sitting on the fence and you are not too sure whether to book a trip or not, here are 10 things you need to know about travelling:
1) Travelling is going to change you
I know that sounds like such a cliché statement, but I truly believe travelling changes you for the better. Wherever you decide to go, you can’t help but learn all about the geography, the local history, the local politics. Also, you will learn all about yourself, discovering a new deeper, richer, more understanding and a more tolerable side. Win.
2) Not only is travelling going to change you, but it is going to directly benefit those around you
Even if you are only giving a beggar on the street some food and water, they are still directly benefitting from you being there. More specifically, if you decide to do some volunteering while travelling (which I really hope you do; it is awesome), then you really can change people’s lives.
3) You are going to fall in love at least once while you are travelling
Whether this is falling in love with a particular person or a particular place, it is going to happen and you are going to fall in love while you are travelling. Often this will be when you least suspect it in a place you didn’t think it could happen. Just go with it and enjoy the ride.
4) Something is bound to go wrong at some point, an you will learn to accept it very quickly
It is easy to over-romanticise travelling, but something is bound to go wrong at some point, probably because you’ve fucked up somehow, and that’s okay. The good news is, no matter how bad it seems at the time, you will come to accept it very quickly, and the more you travel the more you will take everything in your stride.
5) It is guaranteed that your plans will change
No matter how much you’ve got everything planned out, even if you’ve pre-booked every single connection, it is still guaranteed that your plans will change, but don’t worry! 99% of the time they will change for a reason and they will change for the better.
6) You will make friends for life all around the world
On any trip, especially if you are travelling on your own, the friends you make will be a very rare and a very special breed. You will always have those shared experiences of travelling together doing some random ass shit in some random ass places, and they will have been a part of a very important chapter in your life. Get ready, you are about to make some fantastic friends for life.
7) At times it feels like you are at the best school on Earth
The things you will learn while travelling will astound you. Forget English, forget maths and science, you are going to learn all about backpacking and travelling, all about other people’s cultures and societies. Honestly, travelling is like going to the best school on Earth.
8) Your breath will be taken away on a daily basis
You are going to be travelling to some of the most amazing and most beautiful sites and attractions in the world. Make sure you are prepared because your breath is going to be taken away on a daily basis and you will be left speechless by the beauty surrounding you.
9) Travelling is no longer seen as a taboo, so just do it
Back in the 90’s, an extended period of travelling was seen as a bit of a taboo, especially when it came to the workplace. In today’s society that’s no longer the case, and an extended period of travelling can been seen as a positive, life-altering experience. Just make sure you can prove why.
10) It might just be the best decision you ever make
Travelling has this was of keeping you in the moment, and it will make you think differently about things, it will put a different perspective on things.
If you are looking for the answer to a question such as “what should I do with my life?” go travelling.
You will find the answer, and it might just be the best decision you ever make.
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This is a guest post by blog ambassador Macca
Macca recently, published his first ebook, Your Round the World Trip Planner. Aimed at first-time travellers aged 17 to 35 it’s packed full of advice and information. Your Round the World Trip Planner is everything you need to know before you go, and the best thing about it is it’s free to download. Whether you are travelling after college, after university or in-between jobs, it is designed to give you the confidence to travel the world in style.