There are a lot of things to learn from traveling the world, and long-term travel is a very different experience to going on holiday. I don’t think there’s any particular right or wrong way to travel, but long-term travel has a certain je ne sais quoi about it. There are so many lessons you can learn from being on the road for a while – here are just five of them.
Long Term Travel
You can combine work and travel
One of the most important lessons I learned on my travels was the fact that it’s possible to combine work and travel. More and more people are doing it, increasing the number of digital nomads in the world. How would you like to be doing your regular job, but in a far-flung and picture-perfect location? Well, this is the basic essence of being a digital nomad, and it’s something many people find hugely appealing.
Being better with money has more benefits
When you’re indulging in a lot of long-term travel, you’ll find you naturally start to become better with money. I’ve found that I consider my budgeting more closely these days, and try to make my money go further when I’m abroad. For example, many long-term travelers opt for long-term travel insurance. Why? Because hospital bills in the USA can cost more than $10,000 per day!
That’s just one example of how being better with money and planning can save you pennies in the long term. Of course, this is a transferable skill that can be applied to daily life as well. Being better with money is so important and can help you when you’re trying to save up for your next adventure.
You won’t always have company, and you don’t always need it
I think there’s a misconception among many travelers that you need to have someone to travel with. Sure, it is great to be able to share and build memories with friends and loved ones, but you can also have plenty of fun on your own – solo travel has become much more popular in recent times.
You won’t always have company when you travel, just like you won’t always have company in real life. However, it’s also clear that you won’t always need it, and this is an interesting lesson to learn!
You should get out of your comfort zone
Make sure you take chances and try to get out of your comfort zone. Push yourself, and do things you wouldn’t normally choose to do. Don’t like crowds? Well, I suggest heading out to one of these impressive Colombian bucket list festivals!
You can change your entire perspective by just doing things that you never thought you’d do. Bungee jump? Skydive? Abseiling down a mountain? The world is your oyster!
The virtual can enhance the real
You might be of the opinion that we use our smartphones too much these days, and we are too reliant on technology. Well, this is something I do agree with, but I’ve also found it can really enhance long-term travel if used correctly. There are so many different apps and tour guides that you can download for your phone, and use to really get an immersive travel experience. Don’t overlook this; use it as an opportunity to get the most out of modern technology.
These are just five of the lessons that I feel I’ve learned from long-term travel, and I hope the same will be true of you. If you can think of any important lessons I may have missed off the list, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section below.