Many, perhaps, agree that the real education, which is certainly useful for a person in life, we get mostly outside the stuffy classrooms. No, this is not a passage in favor of a revision of the fundamental principles of the modern system of obtaining knowledge. But in addition to the usual “school-teacher-class-control” schemes and “college-teacher-group-examinations” there are more specific ways of knowing yourself and the world around you and getting a lot of necessary skills.
In fact, traveling is the best way to learn a lot for yourself. Whether you are strolling through the streets of Paris, climbing a mountain peak in the Himalayas or spending a sunny day on the Dominican beach, traveling will never fail you as a teacher.
Below you will find 10 reasons why traveling is the best form of education, no matter where you are going and what adventures you are expecting.
Learning foreign languages:
English is spoken almost anywhere in the world, and most of the time it will work for you. Nevertheless, it is always better to know the language of the country you are going to visit. Travel makes you learn different languages. After learning the basics with books, apps or videos, you can improve your skills by talking to a native speaker.
Getting to other cultures:
Traveling not only to other countries, but even to other parts of your own country is the best way to learn a lot of interesting things. You begin to understand better how varied the cultures of the whole world, to notice the similarities and differences between the traditions familiar to you and the way of life that is alien to you.
Studying history through sightseeing:
Yes, you probably studied ancient civilizations and major historical events within the educational program, but nothing compares to personal visiting of historical sights, together with the discovery of a lot of interesting facts.
You understand what the world looks like today:
Travel tells you not only about how the world was in the past, but also about what it is today. Surely this is the best way to really appreciate the political situation, economic scenarios and the social structure of the world in which we live today.
You get to know the nature:
When you leave your comfort zone in the middle of the concrete jungle and begin to explore the most exotic natural phenomena of the world, you will understand the immense power of nature. The greatness of nature is important for solving most global problems, such as climate change and air pollution.
You learn new things for yourself:
Travel will experience you literally every second. Since you are opening the way to the unknown, travel will force you to do many things that in other circumstances you would not have come to mind. It does not matter what you will do: tame elephants in Cambodia, wander the Appalachians or dance a samba in Brazil – while traveling, you will learn many new things for yourself. You can be a shy and think that it’s not so easy to communicate with people. But travel will change this state of affairs, since on trips it is almost impossible to do without communicating with strangers. Than not a course on personal development?
You get communication skills:
If you live life in opposition, constantly reacting in one way or another to the circumstances that are hanging over you, and at the same time want to change the existing order, but do not know how to do it, the trips will help you learn to be independent and able to do this or that degree to control their own destiny.
Travels teach us to be more determined:
When traveling, you learn to be independent, especially if you go alone. You will learn to make decisions on your own and take initiative.
You learn compassion:
When you travel a lot, facing the multitude of cultural characteristics of people all over the world, you begin to understand that, despite all the differences, we still have something very similar to each other, and your prejudices about color, sex or religion will gradually disappear.
You recognize yourself:
Probably this is the most important aspect of education, which can be obtained through travel. Being in unknown locations, in unfamiliar circumstances and in unfamiliar cultural layers, we see ourselves differently, noticing a lot of important things in our character, behavior, habits and other components of our personality that we did not pay attention to before. You realize the real scope of your potential, you know what you enjoy with pleasure, and what really irritates you, and, finally, you come to an understanding of who you really are.