Traveling as a way of learning

15 April, 2019

Packing, airports, railway stations, that smell of a new city, hostel or hotel breakfasts, being touristy and getting lost in the foreign land. Traveling gives you all this and more! It is not an expenditure, but an investment; an investment in your dreams, your passion, your interests, YOUR DISCOVERY.

No matter how much we mug up from our books, real learning happens only when we experience. You may read about the different cultures of India, its diversity, etc, etc, but you got to learn about it only when you experience the vivid landscapes that mesmerize you, different people that greet you, and the different circumstances that you land in.

Apparently, that’s why Kevin Kelly famously said, “Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.” Undoubtedly the best, to learn about life skills, and about the things that really matter.

Below here are the 7 reasons why traveling as a way of learning is one of the best, irrespective of the places you travel and adventures you have.

1. Learn languages

English is spoken in almost all parts of the world and it will mostly work for you. Nevertheless, the native language of any place has its own charm. As you travel, you pick up words from different languages and enrich your linguistic vocabulary.

You can learn the basics through books, apps or videos, and can stretch your skills when you speak with the actual native speakers. As you put your language education into use, you also develop your listening and speaking capabilities while traveling. This also enables you to catch things like accent, intonation, and slang in the most practical way.

 

2. Learn about diverse cultures

Differences exist in cuisines, rituals, etiquettes, and lifestyle across the world. But in spite of all the variations, there are many commonalities. In spite of the differences, you can find so many commonalities like a shared love for celebrations, art, nature, and ancestors that bind all the different cultures together.
The understanding of diverse cultures plays a vital role in educating us on how to contribute to making the world a better place to live in.

 

 

3. Learn History
You must have studied about the civilizations, major historical events, and different eras in your history class. But nothing beats traveling to historic landmarks and exploring your way around a city’s history and culture.

When you stroll through the streets and visit museums, palaces and galleries, the history of the entire nation come out right in front of you. Entering into a dialogue with the locals will also give an altogether different, yet interesting take on it.

 

4. Learn about today’s world
Almost all of us view the distant places of the world through the lens of media, which could be often prejudiced. Often, there are broadcasts about popular islands such as the Maldives, Bora Bora or the peaceful ambient in beach villas of Koh Samui on Thailand and many more … but … And it’s only through Travel that we’re able to truly understand the political situation, economic scenario and social structure of the world we are living in today.

When you begin to travel often, you fully begin to understand the underlying reasons behind why the societies of different areas are shaped in a particular way and differ from the societies in other places.

 

5. Learn social skills

You may be a little shy and find it difficult to engage yourself socially. But traveling will change that as things like talking to complete strangers or asking them for a favor is not an option but a necessity during travels. In fact, Travel is the best personality development course you’ll ever enroll yourself into.

 

6. Learn life better

Independence is the real goal of education. Travel is the ultimate way to reach that goal. It forces you to take control of your own choices and decisions.  And in light of truth, no one else can walk our path. Travel inculcates this physically, emotionally and mentally.

Also, when you travel extensively, you begin to realize that in spite of all the differences, we all are same somewhere deep down in our hearts. All your prejudices based on race, color and nationality will subside. You’ll learn life so much better.

 

7. Discover yourself

Probably the most important aspect of education that travel helps is your education about yourself. You realize your true potential, the things that give you real joy, and the person who you really are. Without travel, you have a very limited understanding of your true self and you may even be completely unaware of the different sides of your persona.

 

If you haven’t really decided what you are going to do with your life or what you want to be in future,  traveling extensively and preferably to places you have never heard of before, is the best way to help you make a decision.

So, whether you stroll through the streets of Paris, hike through the most trying trails in the Himalayas or spend a sunny afternoon on the Goan beaches, travel will never fail you as a teacher.

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