January 2016. I was determined that it would be my year to travel. Traveling as far as I can, as often as I can. Previously, there had been so many reasons to postpone things with school and finances, etc. But enough was enough, and I haven’t regretted a trip I’ve taken thus far. Below I have listed some of the places I have gone to since then both within the U.S. and internationally, and some of the things I have learned.
Los Angeles, California
Orlando/ Miami, Florida
Nigeria (Lagos, Abuja, Owerri)
Finland (Helsinki, Joensuu)
1. Sometimes No Plan IS the Best Plan
Often times we think you have to have a detailed plan for a trip- attractions to visit, food to try, etc. and often times we base it on what we find on the internet. Let me tell you from experience, some of the best experiences I have had have been “on a whim”- taking suggestions from locals, touring a city and stumbling onto new possibilities, and just being flexible. We can adapt plenty of this to our everyday life.
- Language Is Not Always a Barrier to Communication
Going to a new place where you don’t speak the language can be daunting, but it should never deter from you exploring a new place. There is something amazing to be said when two people can
communicate so well without speaking the same language! The details may be fuzzy but the basics can be understood. Seek to understand what those around you are saying non-verbally, it may reveal more than know.
- Challenge What You Know
We are all raised in a certain way that dictates our thinking, values, and views about issues in life. Traveling and witnessing different walks of life can make you question or reevaluate the way you
perceive and achieve things, and the value that you place on other things. Noticing this has been both a humbling and eye-opening experience. All the while challenging me to reconfirm some beliefs and broaden others.
- You Have More in Common with the World Than You Think
The vast diversities of eyes, noses, hair, body types, cultural practices- they appear all so different, right? But the reality is that everyone has basic needs and wants out of life: to connect to their creator,
and to love and be loved. Everything we do/ aspire to do is an expression of our love. In our all of your loving, try to connect with those whom you believe you have no common ground with.
- You Learn About Yourself
Confrontation. That is confrontation of our beliefs. One of the best ways to open your eyes to how you truly see the world. Your biases will be exposed, your goals will be weighed on a different scale, and what you value as important may
suddenly become small in the grand scheme of things. You may have insecurities, but none of them will matter anymore. You begin to see that you a valued piece in the puzzle. You find how you can become an even more valuable piece and what you can do,
even if its just for your part tiny part of the world.
Aside from enjoying myself, relaxing, and of course eating new foods; traveling has taught me so much. I hope that after reading this post you are challenged to go see more of God’s earth and to reflect on your own travels. What lessons have you learned? Comment below!
“For everything created by God is good…”
1 Timothy 4:4-6
Living life on purpose,