25 Lessons I've Learned From Travel

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25 Lessons I've Learned From Travel © Kellie Netherwood

Having the opportunity, freedom and desire to travel has created endless opportunities for me to visit countries outside of my own, explore different cultures and meet a variety of diverse and interesting characters. I've lost count of the lessons I've learned along the way, but here are my most memorable:

The Top 5 Things I've Learnt from Travelling

  1. Freedom is the greatest gift in life
  2. Every child has a right to a childhood
  3. There's a difference between being poor and living in poverty
  4. The most memorable moments happen when things don't go according to plan
  5. The greatest enabler of change is education

On a lighter note, the Top 20 Things I've Learnt Whilst ‘On The Road’

  1. There is always one annoying person in each group and if you don't know who it is – it's you
  2. It's impossible to stay dry or clean during a Cambodian or Laotian new year celebration
  3. Ice in beer or red wine is not only acceptable in Southeast Asia, but essential
  4. There's nothing like the topic of “volunteering in developing countries” to start a heated debate with fellow travellers
  5. Burger King after a month of Burmese food will make you sick. McDonald's after two months of African camp food will make you sick. KFC after two weeks on a motorbike in the Vietnamese Central Highlands will make you sick.
  6. The Spanish word for "flea" is "pulga" and the only cure for more than five hundred infected bites is antibiotics
  7. An elderly woman dressed in traditional Tibetan clothing, stopping traffic in the middle of a road in Shangri La to chant whilst pointing a crooked stick at you...is not a friendly local greeting
  8. Sometimes ‘no toilet’ is more hygienic than the toilet provided
  9. It's not easy standing on the back of an elephant whilst washing him in the Mekong River, but it sure is fun
  10. Paying $1 for a meal cooked by locals on a street stall and sitting on a 'too small' plastic stool to eat with them in Myanmar is better than any 5 star restaurant in the world
  11. Spiders and insects cooked in garlic in Cambodia simply taste like garlic
  12. The definition of international stardom is having a 76-year-old blind Malawian village chief break the news of your death to foreign travellers.   RIP Michael Jackson
  13. Karaoke is only taken seriously in Japan and Los Angeles.
  14. It's impossible to walk past Victoria Falls in Africa without getting soaked through
  15. "The bus is full" is not part of the Southeast Asian vocabulary
  16. There has never been a more accurate saying than the Burmese quote of “why use ten words when you can use ten thousand”
  17. Be prepared to lose weight in Bhutan if you don't like spicy food
  18. You can get your hair washed, scalp massaged and hair dried in Monywa, Myanmar for less than $5
  19. If the month of Spanish lessons you took in Bolivia doesn't help you understand your co-workers at a village day care centre, it's possible they are speaking their own indigenous dialect of Quecha
  20. Altitude sickness doesn't always prey on the weak and reward the fit.

And the greatest lesson of all?

There's no greater education than the one taught outside the classroom

Kellie Netherwood

No matter how we travel there is always further to go.  The world is full of open doors - new friends to make, different cultures to experience, inspirational images to capture and lessons to learn.  As I enjoy life's journey to DESTINATION UNKNOWN I am energised by the world we live in and inspired by those paving their own path in life.  Through the intersection of my travel, writing and photography passions I share my travel adventures to help inspire you to create your own.

Website: www.mydestinationunknown.com/


0 # Kellie Netherwood 2012-06-21 19:17
Yes, I always remind myself some of the most memorable moments happen when things don't go to plan!
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0 # Jared 2012-06-21 09:05
Now if we could only get more people to travel! I always say when you are in an uncomfortable situation whether you have a great or horrible time you are still going to have an entertaining story.
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0 # Kellie Netherwood 2012-06-20 13:38
So true Jared. Getting outside of our comfort zones can be so rewarding!
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0 # Jared 2012-06-20 07:31
Great top 5 Kellie I could not agree more! Sometimes people get so bogged down with life they become complacent. Its amazing how taking your self out of your environment can change so many things in such a small amount of time.
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0 # Kellie Netherwood 2012-06-14 20:17
Very true - it was so surreal. We had spent the day collecting water with the local women, cooking, eating and dancing with them in their village...and ended the day with that piece of news from the village chief!
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0 # Rome and Ice 2012-06-14 20:01
Wow, that Michael Jackson thing really drives home the point that it's a small world!
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