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If you google "Travel Life Lessons" you'll find a whole host of opinions on what travel teaches people. I'm sure you could even find something like that on here.
But, what those articles don't say is that when you're learning more about others, to be patient, to be kind, to be more open to other ways of doing things etc. that it's harder once you're home.
Sure, it's easy to be open to trying new food when you're on a tropical vacation. And it's easy to learn to be patient standing in lines at the airport...too many freakouts at the airport will get you added to some kind of watch list I'm sure.
Travel forces you to be a bit nicer, a bit calmer, and less of a jerk than normal. You can't be looking for a fight around every corner...you won't get very far that way.
But, what about when you're in line at the DMV, or when someone cuts you off in traffic or when your dog poops in the living room again? I would be lying, and everyone would be lying if they said one trip to South America made them handle all those situations like a completely enlightened individual.
What travel does do though, is to help me have perspective. Although, I will grant you, my perspective is usually still found after I have a freak out and not before...but hey, life is a process. It helps me realize that the state the cookie sheets are in (my most resent grumpy escapade) matters not one iota in comparison to the fact that many people in the world don't have electricity to even think about buying an oven, let alone cookie sheets.
I should have just been happy that there was about to be fresh baked cookies in my kitchen, but instead I was an asshole.
Travel can teach you to not sweat the small stuff, that it's the journey, and that things always work out in the end. They're cliches, but it's true. But the most important part is that these lessons and new attitudes are not saved for your next trip, but for when you're home. We spend most of our time at home, but when are we our best selves?
Let's be our happy, laid back, vacation selves at home too.
I can say that over the years,I've become less ragey than I used to be. I'm more patient and try to take deep breaths before I melt down. But you probably shouldn't leave me in charge of the nuclear codes just yet.
If you're finding that it's hard for you to let the little things slide without a rude comment or that you're yelling at strangers while you're driving, then it's probably time for a vacation.
Get some tickets booked and start looking forward to sunny beaches and new adventures. And while you're waiting for take-off, take a few deep breaths, let that tension out of your shoulders and be thankful for burnt cookie sheets.
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz