One year is not a long time on a road that leads you on a memorable journey, where you come across several colors of life. I traveled around one year and few extra months, but I consider it one year as I learned many things about Indian culture and tradition. For 365 days of the year, I kept traveling to one destination to another. You won’t believe I was so active with backpack, bookings, itineraries, check outs and clicking pictures of most fascinated views of India.
One year spent living out of my backpack without prior bookings and itineraries. I never thought I was going to travel so long. Traveling solo can be quite memorable, peaceful, and full of freedom. Finally, it can create a positive impact in your life in so many different ways.
But here I am, one year later, with the same backpack, still traveling, still staying in the lodge and still having the exciting time of my life.
Here, I am at Crazy Wanderer to share my experiences, 12 lessons I learned from one year of traveling in India.
1. It’s So Easy To Travel Solo.
Have you ever traveled alone? Did you know, sharing a solo trip experiences with a bunch of friends and partner makes you bring a smile of trust and excitement? I want to encourage you to try travel solo for at least once in a lifetime. After one trip, trust me you will plan trips again and again. This traveling thing is a lot easier than you would believe. It’s not like you are the first person to ever do this. There are travelers, who set the best example for people interested in visiting new places. I am on a mission of traveling for a lifetime. So, my first lesson was traveling is easier.
2. You Learn A Bunch Of Good Skills.
Traveling on the road has taught me how to be more social, adaptable, and flexible with non-verbal communications. It has taught me to understand the situations in a better way. Simply it made me more independent, more open minded, lovable, more friendly and just a better person.
3. It Gives You Precious Friends Like Gems
It may be scary just talking randomly to any stranger, but we are all strangers in a strange land. At the end of the day, everyone is very friendly. In starting, it took some time to say “hello” to strangers, but now it is my second nature. I found everyone is so friendly and welcoming on the journey. I never felt alone as I am a solo traveler. But, yes people have different shades, so never trust anyone blindly, take your time and judge people correct.
4. It’s Good To Try New Things.
Traveling has helped me to broaden my viewpoint towards life. I’ve pushed myself to the limit such as tasting amazing food, joined cooking classes, learned yoga, new languages, and mastered the art to beat my fear of heights. During, one year of travel I learned that the more you try new things, your life will become more joyful.
5. Be Bold
Traveling taught me how to be bold! By stepping out my comfort zone and trying new things, I proved that a common girl can create wonders. Every girl out there who wish to see a dream. She has right and power to make those dreams come true. Just try things once, it’s good to challenge yourself and stay confident. Do keep 10% fear of judging situations when you are 90% confident.
6. Mistakes Never Concern Travel
No matter what happens on the road, it’s never a mistake. As many pioneer travelers have said, “Your choices are half chance, and so are everybody else’s”. When you go with the flow and let the road just unfold ahead of you, there’s no reason to have regrets or think that you made a silly mistake. You make the best decisions you can and, in the end, the journey is the adventure. Mistakes do happen, but learn from those and move ahead few kilometers more.
7. How To Do Budget Travel
When you travel on a budget and you need to make your money last, it’s easy to learn by traveling. I used to do travel by using local transport such as bus and mostly by railways in India. For accommodation, I always prefer guest house or hotel near bus stand or railway station. Eating local food another trick to save money. If a kitchen is available, I used to cook for myself too. Eating Maggie even saves from hunger at chilly nights.
8. Planning Kills The Fun.
Sometimes it is great to have a plan. When there is limited time, you want to try to see as much as possible and stay on track. But stop being a planner. Travel without any hesitations, foundations, and obstacles. Planning means you know what is going to be the next move. Later, when things upside down, you go low like a small baby. In the end, you throw the plan away anyway, so why even bother getting caught up in one? Have a rough idea of what you want to do, and just fill in the details along the way. Believe me, unplanned trips are seriously awesome. Just see for instance, when you are busy with Facebook at home and your boyfriend comes out to take you on a long ride for having an ice cream. So always be in a mood that is “HURRAY”. Just step outside and let the road decide the journey.
9. Drop The Guidebook.
Don’t be so sticky to a book. You can travel fine without it, especially with so many good alternatives on the Internet these days. You buy it and hardly use it anyway. Just talk with locals for tips and information. It just creates more weight age to your traveler’s pandora box.
10. How To De-Stress
Life is amazing. There’s no reason to worry. Relax and just go with it. You can’t change the future. You can never judge the future as the future is unseen. Just make the best decisions you can today and enjoy the moment. Don’t get caught up trying to see all your dream places to visit around the world. There’s nothing wrong with spending a day playing games, reading a book, or lounging by the pool and just laze around in the room.
11. Learn More Languages.
Learning languages is fun, very helpful when you travel, and works out great when you meet other travelers. Not only it helps in conversations, but there’s also nothing like surprising people by speaking their language. It brings a smile on everyone’s face.
12. People Are Good.
On the road, I have encountered amazing people who have not only changed my life but have gone out of their way to help me. It’s taught me that the old saying is true – you can always depend on the kindness of strangers. When I am thinking about all the kindness to me on my journey, I am sure it makes me happywala cry. 99.9999% of the people in the world aren’t murderers, rapists, or thieves. There’s no reason to assume someone is one. Sometimes, people are just trying to be friendly.
I’ve learned more about the world and myself in the last one year of travel than I have in the previous 25 years of my life. No matter what happens in the future, I know that I am very blessed to have these last one year, and I’m a better person because of them.
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