I have an entire category of blog posts full of travel advice based on my own lessons learnt, including how to Save Money. But what about the greater life lessons?
Dictionary.com defines a life lesson as ‘something from which useful knowledge or principles can be learned’. Here are 5 life lesson’s I’ve learnt travelling.
1. One should always have a ‘Fuck Off Fund’
I didn’t have a name for it until this Adventurous Kate post, but since I was made redundant 2 years ago I’ve kept a separate savings account from my ‘real life’ can’t touch ones for travel or a sabbatical from paid employment if I ever need one.
Having worked for several banks it makes me laugh there are no profanity filters on what you can call your bank account in New Zealand. And that targeting the holders of accounts such as ‘new car’, ‘Hawaii’ or ‘boob job’ who might be close to their goal is not done more strategically.
2. Males never like to admit they’re lost
People who want to walk aimlessly clash massively with my personality. While I can be enthusiastic about going for a bit of a walk around a foreign city I need to have a plan of where we’re going to end up and a decent idea of how we’re going to get there. If we see something of interest and wander off a bit that’s fine, but let’s not get lost for hours ok?
3. Don’t hang out in hotel bars and restaurants – ask the staff where they eat and drink instead
Local joints are cheaper so you won’t leave feeling ripped off. They’re also far more cheerful and will give you an actual understanding of a city’s culture and vibe.
Particularly if you’re travelling alone – you’re never truly alone if you’re around other people who may also be alone.
4. Have an idea of how you will fill airport time
It’s one thing to fill hours upon hours on a long haul flight but you also want to prevent going mad when you have too many hours in transit. I’ve learnt to consider how I will fill them before you get off the plane and airport websites will tell you about any special attractions in the terminals. Ideas include eating at least one meal, having a drink, reading a book, writing a blog post, duty free shopping and watching something your iPad or laptop.
5. It’s scary when you realise you’re more knowledgeable on a topic than your parents
When you’re a kid you think your parents know everything there is to know.
Mum wasn’t exactly happy about this post which my brother kindly forwarded on to her. But I’m still her source of information for all things travel and tech related. And when I spill red wine on something I call her for advice.
Agree with any of these? What’s the greatest life lesson you’ve learned travelling?