September 01, 2022
CM Content Team
Travelling is not just a fun activity; it is also an excellent teacher that teaches you many important life lessons that you may not learn otherwise. Travelling helps you get out of your comfort zone and pushes you into doing things that you thought were not possible. It reveals to you a world of new cultures, gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with new people, and get a new worldview. However, the most important travel lessons are that of humility and patience. Humility comes from recognizing our small place in the grand scope of the world. Patience is another crucial lesson. Whether it's a delayed flight, a lost reservation, or just trying to navigate a foreign city without knowing the local language, travel is full of unforeseen challenges. Learning to remain calm and patient in these situations can be a true character-building experience.
With Teacher’s Day just around the corner, which is celebrated on 5th September every year, let us look at some of the best travelling lessons.
Perhaps one of the best lessons travelling teaches us is that we don’t need anything fancy to be happy. Happiness is not just about the possessions or the material things/comfort we have. According to a study published in a psychological science journal, adults of different age groups from all over the world corroborated that new and unique experiences give long lasting happiness than possessions.
So, when you travel, it is not about what car you are driving, the latest phone you are using or the clothes you are wearing, that matters. Rather, the strong bonds you form with the people, the skills you learn, will give you lasting memories.
They say, ‘No Guts, No Glory.’ To flourish in life, you must get out of your comfort zone, and try new things even if you feel the fear. Afterall, it is worth the try, right? If you always stick to the same old routine, you will never be able to expand your horizons.
When you travel, you leave the familiar behind, and venture into the unknown. The more travel experience you get, the more you learn about new places, things, people, food, languages, etc. And, when you look back at all your travel adventures, you may realise it was the most rewarding thing you ever did.
One of the most enriching things about travelling is that with each new destination, you experience cultural diversity. You get to know about the local culture, history, language, cuisine, customs, traditions, etc. As you get more of these experiences, you automatically learn to appreciate and respect the different cultures, and how it plays an important part in making the people, place unique and special as it is.
Your teachers in school may have taught you that patience is a virtue. Travelling helps you understand its true meaning. It helps you understand that it is futile to sweat over the trivial stuff, and it does more harm than good. Whether it is waiting in long queues at the airport or facing difficulty communicating in a foreign country, you are likely to face many obstacles and small frustrations along the way.
But these little obstacles teach you one important travel lesson – be patient. Once you master the art of patience, you will be able to deal with anything and everything life throws at you and remain calm.
Many travellers worldwide have corroborated that the great travelling lesson they have learnt is to respect mother nature and the many mysteries it unfolds. They say, travelling has made them more aware and conscious about how fragile our planet is and that it is important to respect the natural resources, and other natural gifts we have.
If you don’t respect nature, the disappearing forests, the dying coral reefs, melting glaciers will create an imbalance, leading to massive catastrophe. So, when you travel, you learn to appreciate every sip of water, and every bite of food you get.
In your daily busy life, you may often forget to appreciate the little things. However, when you travel, you may have the leisure of time to reflect on your life and experiences. You may realise the importance of the little things around you and how you have been taking for granted. Like your friendship with your neighbour, relationship with your parents, not spending enough time with your kids. Travel makes you appreciate these little things and find joy in them.
Just because you have passed your university exam, doesn’t mean you stop learning. Every time you travel, it helps you discover the fact that there is so much to explore, learn, etc. Each time you go to a new restaurant or try a new cuisine, you may feel excited and eager at the same time to know more about that cuisine or try new things. So, every trip is a new lesson learnt, and it teaches you to never stop learning.
Personal Growth and Independence
Travelling solo or even in a group encourages personal growth and independence. Planning trips, managing budgets, or even handling emergencies help in developing a sense of responsibility. For many, travelling is a path to self-discovery and reflection, leading to greater self-awareness.
Often, travelling opens our eyes to varying living conditions around the globe. Witnessing how others live can instil gratitude and appreciation for what we have. This perspective realignment is an essential aspect of the importance of travelling, creating a more compassionate and grounded outlook.
The friendships forged and the memories created while travelling are unparalleled. Sharing unique experiences with strangers or loved ones leads to connections that may last a lifetime. The importance of travelling in building relationships and memories is a treasure often overlooked.
Finally, travelling teaches us to live in the moment. Whether it's watching a breathtaking sunset on a remote beach or enjoying a bustling market in a lively city, travelling encourages us to absorb the present fully. This mindfulness enhances our overall well-being and enriches our life experience.
History is meant to be experienced, not studied
Remember all those boring history lessons in school? Seeing them come alive in front of you and standing on the same spot where major events or revolutions have taken place is a whole new feeling. By visiting prominent sites and museums, you can get a first-hand insight into a place which will only enrich your understanding even further.
The Importance of Planning
Just as everything in life needs a plan to be successful, so does travel, especially if you have a limited duration and budget. Here is where you will learn the importance of prioritisation. When you land at a new place, everything seems interesting and you want to make sure you do not miss out on anything. The best way to do this is by preparing a daily itinerary that includes sightseeing, local travel, and attractions near and far. This way, you’ll be able to stretch both your time and your money and not miss out on the things you want to do during your holiday.
As the Teacher’s Day celebrations draw closer, you may teach your child, friend, colleague, the importance of travelling, and how it helps you learn many life lessons. A Chinese proverb says, ‘Don’t listen to what they say, go see.’ So, the world is your oyster, go see and enjoy it yourself.
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.