abilities I have learned from travelling

We have all heard the phrase: “Travelling is the best education you can get”. It is a phrase I can’t argue against. You can take a long university degree, but it will probably not teach you the same abilities that travel will. That is why I do both 😉 I have learned a lot of abilities from travelling and I have decided to share some of them with you.

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This chair  was actually comfortable!

1. Sleeping anywhere and everywhere!
I have never been able to sleep in a sitting position, not even during the long car drives to Southern Europe with my family as a child. I tried really hard, but no matter what I did nothing helped, but that changed on my first solo travel back in 2009. I travelled on a budget, so I often took overnight buses and with several hours on a bus I simply had to learn it! Now I can sleep almost everywhere: on planes, buses, trains, on a hard floor in airports – there is pretty much no place I haven’t slept 😉

2. Peeing everywhere
Okay, I don’t littery pee everywhere, but I have learned to pee standing up. This was also a problem for me before I started travelling, but it was simply another ability I had to learn. After several disgusting toilets, several days of trekking and a stay in the jungle I simply learned to pee almost everywhere. Not that I am happy to do so, but sometimes I just have to suck it up 😉

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3. Being more creative
Okay, not being creative like draw more or anything, but in the matter of using things in new ways. When you are a backpacker and want to save your money or/and being in places where you just can’t go and buy new things. Then all the sudden you will be able to use your things in new ways! It could be a t-shirt which all the sudden turns into a small bag 😉

4. Solve more problems
I have been standing in the middle of Lima without a passport, been without money in Cuba and unable to withdraw money just a few days before my flight home from Havana (and I was not in Havana). Sure, backpackers face a lot of problems on the road and many people have asked me how I manage to travel for a long time, but it is not that hard. Sure, backpackers don’t always nowhere to sleep, but it is just these kinds of obstacles that you learn to handle, simply because you have to 🙂

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There is a lot of decisions to make on the road! 😉

5. To make decisions and make them faster
Before I travelled I wasn’t really much of a decision maker (when it comes to certain subjects I am still not much of a decision maker, but that is due to other reasons 😉 ). But when travelling we all have to make a lot of decisions and sometimes we have to make them fast, so I was forced to become more of a decision maker and so will most travellers I think.

6. To haggle better
When backpacking we all want the most for our moneys, so we learn to haggle better. I mostly start about 1/4 of the price (or perhaps lower. It depends…) and smile a lot among other things 😉 Haggling can be fun, but remember that haggling isn’t accepted everywhere and bare in mind that the sellers perhaps need the money more than you, so be fair and remember that one dollar or two can help them more than you 🙂

7. Become better at socialising and communicating
Especially when travelling alone! Then you will be forced to talk to new people and you will probably also be forced to talk to people you might not consider talking to at home. It is great because it breaks down prejudices and you will be able to talk a larger variety of people than before. I was actually unsure whether I could travel on my own, but it was the best decision I ever made and I met some of my best friends while travelling! You will make a lot of friends!

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8. Becoming more independent
I was pretty independent before travelling, but when travelling (especially if you travel alone) you just have to rely on yourself (and in some cases your travel buddy) and it will make you independent in a whole new way! Sure, you can ask strangers for help, but you have to decide who to trust and what to do.

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Siden jeg var barn har jeg drømt om at tage ud og rejse. I år 2011 tog jeg for første gang afsted på en længere rejse. Det endte med at blive seks måneders solorejse og siden har jeg blot forsat med at rejse. Jeg elsker kultur, at se steder som jeg ikke har set før og mødet med de lokale. Jeg rejser sjældent med en guidebog eller kort, da jeg er ret god til at finde vej og elsker at gå på opdagelse. Til gengæld er også jeg utrolig god til at miste mine ting og burde snart indberegne erstatning for mistede ting i mine budgetter....

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