5 Things You Learn From Having a Passport
Your passport is the most vital document you will ever own. It is literally your ticket to the world. Your passport allows you to experience the entire world, and more importantly, experience new things about yourself. The following are just five things you will learn from having a passport:
1. Having a plan can be great.
Sure there’s a romantic appeal to traveling on a whim, no plans but the open road leading you along. But planning can be a huge advantage when it comes to life and travel. It can save you money often, such as getting cheap tickets because of a little foresight. Accommodation can be more expensive when booked last minute as well. Rather than being stranded because you can’t afford the next flight out of town, or you’re stuck sleeping in an airport or train station, having a little bit of a plan can be great. Don’ let the romance of wandering gypsy life leave you spending more than you need to spend.
2. The importance of being a great cook
Cooking can be your saving grace when it comes to traveling on a budget. Most guesthouses and hostels offer a communal kitchen. This is an opportunity to not just save money, but to also meet new people and share cultures. The kitchens of a good hostel will be alive with the scents of foods and people from all over the world. The more you cook, the better you become and what better way to represent your homeland than from cooking up with others from around the world?! Additionally, it’s possible to even do a work exchange if you are a good enough cook. Many people around the world offer food and accommodation in exchange for work or help depending on your skills. If you’re a good cook, you can literally cook your way around the world.
3. Patience brings peace
Traveling isn’t always all fun and games. In fact, sometimes it can be downright tiring and frustrating. Traveling is often spent in a new environment, with unfamiliar languages and traditions. Also, there’s the waiting. A lot of traveling is spent in waiting. Waiting for a bus, a tour, a plane, a meal, or even an available toilet. So if there’s one thing you’ll be forced to learn, its patience. And patience brings peace. Or so that’s what all the ‘Enlightened’ folks tell us to believe. And when you do finally return home, you just may find yourself more patient and more at peace.
4. The joys of co-dependence
The most memorable travel experiences are often the ones you have with others. Whether your travel partners overlap with the crazy Aussies you just met on a 36 hour bus ride, or with your spouse of 25 years, so many of the joys of travel are centered on the joys of co-dependence. Relying on others forces you to let your guard down, and trust that humans are generally a good breed. Depending on others, especially if you are in a group, will quickly bring you all together in an effort to maximize the goodness of life and your travels. Allow yourself to need others and discover some new joys of life and travel.
5. Love on the Road
So maybe you’re hoping to get lucky while on the road. Well, it’s a pretty well established fact that traveling breaks down the inhibitions people have at home. There are entire travel blogs dedicated to love and sex on the road. If you’re single and looking to see what the world has to offer, you just may find the one you’re looking for, or maybe the one for right now. In the very least, you may end up with some good travel stories if all else fails.
Whether you are traveling to Mexico or New Zealand or the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, you will learn great new things about yourself and the world by pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. Grab your passport and push yourself into the world. You will never regret the time and energy you put into your life’s travels.