1. No matter where they’re from, everyone around the world has the same concerns, fears, and problems. I take some comfort in that.
2. You’re never really alone, even if it feels like it. A lot of travelers are in the same position you are and are also looking for friends and to meet new people.
3. Make every second count. You don’t want to go home and regret the things you didn’t do and the places you didn’t see.
4. Learn to say “yes” more often. You may be out of your comfort zone, but try and do new things!
5. You meet some of your closest friends while traveling. I talk to people I met when I lived in Canada a lot more often than people from my hometown. You’ll have crazy experiences to bond over with people you meet traveling.
6. You learn a lot about yourself, like what makes you tick and what you don’t like. It also teaches you to be flexible, adaptable, and incredibly independent. You learn to just go with the flow.
7. The hardest part is making yourself leave. Everything after that is a piece of cake.
8. You learn that experiences are far more valuable than material goods.
9. People are good (there are exceptions though). Your faith in humanity will most likely be restored.
10. You never lose the love of traveling. It’s a blessing and a curse. I have had a lot of amazing opportunities, but now I’m never content just sitting still. I always need to be on the go!