They say that travel is the one thing that you buy that makes you richer. For travelling the road less travelled, the road that is filled with pot holes and winding trails to tiny villages; the road with no money and a backpack, this sentiment is even truer. It will change the way you see the world, the way you value things and will teach you a whole lot of lessons. These are just some of the lessons learnt journeying on the road less travelled.
Always Bring a Book
If there is one certainty in travelling it is that not everything will go to plan, often this creates half the fun. However, there will be times that the delayed flight or cancelled train really could use some more entertainment. Phones can die and Facebook can lose its charm incredibly quickly. A good book will make these moments far more entertaining. As Oscar Wilde said, One should always have something sensational to read on the train.
Getting Lost isn’t Always a Bad Thing
I will start off by saying make sure you stay safe out there, you don’t want to get lost in the middle of the woods in winter at night time. However, some of my greatest discoveries have come from ending up where I didn’t intend to. In trying to find a museum in Aberdeen, I found one of the coolest pieces of street art I have ever seen. In getting lost in Bath I discovered a hidden courtyard with a tiny restaurant and a busker playing the violin that would give the first chair violinist in any symphony orchestra a run for their money. In missing the turn on a hiking trail in Australia I found a front row view to the most amazing sunset over the mountains. Sometimes getting lost takes us to exactly where we need to be.
Everyone has a Story
I have met people in all corners of the globe and from vast varying backgrounds, in coffee shops and on buses, in parks and museums and hostel common rooms. One thing every one of them had in common was stories. Everyone has led a life full of twists and turns and through talking to them we hear these fascinating and enchanting tales and in doing so create a richness and connection in our own lives.
Google Maps Lies
I can not count the amount of times I have been led down dead end corridors and through parking garages by Google Maps. There are times that I have walked for a half hour in the sun or gotten completely soaked trekking through rainy streets following the wisdom of google maps, only to find out I am in the entirely wrong end of town and no where near the destination I originally entered. Google Maps may be an incredible piece of technology but it will lie to you.
Bring Extra Earphones
Your earphones will break or get lost. This will happen at the start of the eight hour bus journey or just as you are about to board the train or in the middle of your video call. This is a fact of travelling. Always carry a spare pair.
Keep a Journal
Whether this is done with writing, photography or videos or even a collection of ticket stubs and pamphlets, keep a record or where you were and what you did. One day you will look back on it and smile.
We are all different
Every corner of the world has something unique about it, no place has the musical atmosphere of Ireland, you won’t feel the majesty of the mountains of Norway anywhere else in the world, no one has a sense of humour like the Australians. Enjoy the uniqueness, beauty and individuality of each place you come to. You won’t find anywhere else in the world quite like it.
We are all the same
Despite all our uniqueness and distinctive culture and beauty of each hidden corner of the world there is far more that binds us together than sets us apart. We all laugh the same and cry the same, and we can find something we share no matter where we are in the world. Through travelling it becomes so clear that in this big wide world we all have so much more in common than that which sets us apart.