You’ll fall in love again and again. Sometimes you’ll fall in love with places, and other times, you’ll fall in love with people.
You will build friendships with people from all around the world. Some of these friendships may only last a few days, a few weeks, or a few months but others may last a lifetime.
You’ll rediscover the meaning of happiness and freedom. Going to that office job and making a six figure salary so that you can afford to buy the latest gadgets and 2-week holidays will seem pretty lame once you’ve had a taste of wanderlust.
You’ll have once-in-a-lifetime experiences. You’ll do things, see things, hear things, taste things, touch things, and simply experience things that you thought you’d never experience. Travel seems to bring out the courageous and adventurous side of people.
You’ll see things that will change your point-of-view. We see it on TV, but once you actually experience how different people live around the world, you’ll have a different appreciation for your own culture and your own country.
You’ll party a lot! It’ll be crazy, fun, mind-blowing, and a bit dangerous at times but it’ll be awesome! Parties are different in every continent and you’ll get to experience that.
You will eat! You will try delicious food, disgusting food, interesting food, food that you have never had before. Oh yeah, and you might also gain a few pounds. Haha.
You’ll be exposed to a variety of different cultures. You’ll learn a lot about yourself as you navigate through cultural extremes. What may seem normal to you, is outrageous to someone in a different part of the world. (i.e. sunbathing)
You’ll see just how beautiful our planet really is, not only through cultural experiences but through mother nature. You’ll see some of the most beautiful beaches, breathtaking views, and exotic animals.
You’ll gain so much knowledge about the world, about yourself, about other cultures, about other countries, about everything! Honestly, you’ll learn so much! You’ll learn the sorta stuff that schools don’t teach you about. You’ll also learn the stuff that schools did teach you but you forgot the second you walked out of class. (i.e. geography)
You’ll learn to be independent. Independent of everyone and everything.
You’ll learn to take risks and you’ll learn to fall in love with the uncertainty of it. There’s nothing more exciting than saying “F**k it! Let’s do it,” and seeing where that might take you.
You’ll learn your limits. Once you do all them adventurous things, take all those risks, have all those crazy nights out, you’ll definitely learn your limits.
You’ll learn to prioritize the things that actually matter. You know what actually matters? Your time, your physical and mental health, your happiness, your loved ones, your life.
Your definition of “necessities” will change. You’ll learn that you don’t actually need all that much to live happily. Like my brother always says, “the more things you have, the more things you have to worry about.” Not to mention, the more things you have, the more you have to carry when you travel. No thanks.
If you’re lucky, you’ll experience national holidays and astonishing festivals in the countries where they originate. Holi in India? Songkran in Thailand? 4th of July in the U.S? Saint Patricks Day in Ireland? Octoberfest in Germany? Yes, please!
Your likes and dislikes may change. Your likes and dislikes may expand.
You’ll have sex. You’ll have sex with strangers who you may never see again. You’ll have sex with strangers who you may fall in lust with. You’ll have sex with strangers who you may fall in love with.
The term “home” will end up being the term you use to refer to your sleeping arrangements. No more sentimental attachments because the world will become your home.
And the term “family” will end up being the term you use to refer to the people that you surround yourself with, the people that love you, and the people that you love.