Whether you are an adventure traveler who weighs mountains and excursions to the jungle, or you are a lover of comforting creature that lives for five stars, you will learn some of the great lessons of life. It does not matter if you were born on the beach or you are an enthusiastic artist traveling to enrich your life.
Whether you prefer to travel in groups or go alone, if you are a planner or spontaneous your life will benefit by traveling away from what you know. You do not have to go far, you can or do not have to cross the oceans, take a plane, train or car, it is important to explore the world outside of your community.
See a friend through new eyes: Travel to a place you know well with someone who has never been before. On a trip to Pittsburgh, where I grew up, my niece and her friend showed me a city full of unique and enchanting old quarters, museums dedicated to things like ketchup, Andy Warhol, and the birth of the labor movement. I also saw that the view of the three rivers of Mount Washington is just as beautiful as some big city vista.
We're Little: Walk through the woods in California or walk through the Rocky Mountain National Park to find out how small we are.
There are more similarities to the differences: Standing on the banks of Nova Scotia in Canada and then on the coast of Brittany in France, you will notice similarities in the landscape and the people, even though these two places are separated by the ocean.
Can you be someone else: I had people who thought I was Dutch in Lucca, Italy and Quito Ecuador, French in Venice, and German in Rome. In fact, the only place that people know I am an American is in Canada. It's fun to play and see where it takes you.
Food can be part of your adventure: You will find that nice food is not always good and ugly food is not always bad. It's not the wine that's important, it's new and old friends with whom you share it, it's important.
You can go happier if you strike yourself: If you are traveling with a group, you do not have to do everything your companions do. Some people have an amazing capacity for art museums, others prefer churches and others can walk without interruption. After spending a week in France and looking at the buildings designed by architect Corbusier, I finally rented a car and went to San Tropez. Everyone was happier.
The rain is also beautiful: The sun does not shine to be a beautiful place; standing in the rain in the rainforest is as beautiful as sitting in the sun in Portofino.
Beauty is everywhere around you, look and see: Indulge in the colors of the New Mexico landscape and the lack of contrast between the water, ice and the cloudy landscape in Newfoundland. New York City is not USA, Paris is not France: You learn to judge the country with one city – New York City is not a representative of the United States and Paris is not representative in France.
Old state of mind: In some countries, the old is measured in thousands of years in other countries, which is measured over hundreds of years. People have an old state of mind if you are young around you looking at older travelers who walk the same way as you only with sticks and sticks, often with a smile on your face.
When the disaster strikes: Traveling will feel you empathy when a catastrophe strikes. How many people have been forced to remember after Hurricane Katrina the people they met in New Orleans or Biloxi? The tourist trade helped revitalize the Southeast Asian economy after the hit in 2004.
Imagine Take a break and imagine what everyday life is in the place you visited, and then think about what it was a hundred years ago or thousands of years ago.
When someone asks you to sing and then sing: Step outside the zone of your comfort, try to speak the tongue if people are singing.
Smiles translate: If you have any doubts about the smile, they mean the same in all languages. It is likely that you will be rewarded in return for a smile.
No amount of reading books, watching TV or listening to music can replace the experience of leaving your couch and you will see it all for yourself. You will never look in a similar way to the world.