In the fast-paced world we live in that revolves around career, social media and the likes, quality time with our families becomes a rare commodity. The family vacations that we occasionally take at the end of the year then, become the tonic that the family might just need to bring back the laughter and joy that we may have lost through the years.
While travelling with family might be tricky, it can also be an enriching and fulfilling experience if we want it to be. Having returned from my most recent trip with my family, I was compelled to contemplate on some lessons I learned in the trip with the family.
Travel is the best education there is out there. Sure, you learn all sorts of important skills in school, there’s no discounting that, but travel offers you life experience in leaps and bounds. The lessons you discover about yourself, others and the world while traveling are incomparable to what you learn while sitting in a classroom. From weekend trips to month-long stays to a year of backpacking, there are life-defining moments etched into your journey when you leave the comfort of home to step into the unknown.
Here are 5 things you’ll learn while traveling that classes in school won’t teach you.
Nearing the end of 2013, I was feeling jaded from my job as a writer. My performance was dipping and I realised it wasn’t the work that was changing – I was. It was time for a break – I needed some space to sort out the thoughts in my head and figure out what to do with my life (doesn’t everyone, at some point).
In March this year, I quit my job and went on a three-week volunteering trip to Nepal. I helped local villagers with their farm work and taught English at a school twice a week.
My time there was both fulfilling and difficult. Here are 7 life lessons that I learnt from a trip to Nepal, and hopefully they can benefit you too.