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March 3rd, 2010 – by: domnicella
Things I've learned while traveling:
- In addition to time and money, travel requires vast reserves of energy and patience. Prepare accordingly.
- Dorms are an easy way to meet people. After the first few nights, sleeping next to strangers doesn't seem so weird.
- Earplugs and an eye mask will go a long way toward salvaging a good night's sleep. As well as one's sanity.
- There are ignorant/idiotic/lazy/prejudiced/inconsiderate/selfish people everywhere.
- There are open-minded/intelligent/warm/friendly/generous/thoughtful people everywhere.
- The absence of hot water and proper plumbing loses what little (if any) "rustic charm" it might have had when you've gone a full week without a shampoo. If not sooner.
- Things are not provided arbitrarily. If you're given a mosquito net, it means you'll need it.
- If somewhere is listed in a guidebook, you do not want to stay/eat there, as the influx of patrons will have upped the price and lowered the quality.
- Don't bother with a guidebook at all, for that matter. Advanced research and planning, reliable maps, and internet access is all you need.
- Think twice before buying that souvenir. Maybe three times.
- Pack light. If there isn't enough space in your bag for a basketball, you've packed too much.
- Drink the water. Your body will acclimate and you'll be healthier for it.
- Anywhere regarded as "exotic" looses its perceived "exoticness" the moment you arrive.
- The world is smaller than you think.
- And it really is your oyster.
- Learning how to say "thank you" in the local language is a small effort that goes a long way.
- Smiles and laughter are universal. Use them copiously.
- One is never remiss in minding their manners. Or their temper.
- Everything is relative.
- Asia is more polluted than I ever imagined. Environmental awareness is nonexistent.
- We need to do something about this. Stat.
- China's global influence and power is immense. It's much, much bigger than I ever realized. (And it terrifies me.)
- Education cannot be overstated.
- I have a new-found appreciation for all things "Made in the USA."
- I no longer take the "luxuries" of the western world for granted. That goes doubly for my personal rights and liberties.
- It's ok not to like everywhere. It doesn't mean you're doing it wrong.
- Only you can make yourself happy. Clichéd as it sounds, there are no truer words.
- This is a daily challenge for me.
- I've enjoyed traveling on my own far more than I ever anticipated or hoped.
- There is no place like home.
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