Years of Uninterrupted Travelling, And Here Is What I Have learned

People often ask me a question, which otherwise may sound so simple and direct, but when attempted an answer, becomes no less than a tiring puzzle. I find myself struggling to give a clear, calculated reply, not because I get confused but because of the fact that its answer lies somewhere in the whirlpool of possibilities…

Years of uninterrupted travel, feeling unsatisfied and more curious than ever, and what did I get in return?

I mean I’ve been travelling full-time since 2016, swooping down different places, learning new ideas, and adopting new philosophies. But what is it that I’ve learned in particular?

So attempting the answer once again, here I go with a bit more explanation this time. Years of uninterrupted travelling, and here is what I’ve learned:

scotland Travelling Taught Me How lucky I am

Since I started travelling I’ve been to many places, both inside and outside of India, and I’ve come across the most abject poverty imaginable. I am not rich, not even by Indian standards, but I’ve never found myself struggling for my next meal or worrying about a bed at night. During my recent trip to the eastern part of Tamil Nadu, I ended up twisting my ankle, restricting my movements for a few days. I remember feeling agitated and incredibly sorry for myself until a man said to me “The man with no shoes feels lucky besides the man with no feet”. And that says it all. If you’re privileged enough to be reading this, with your wifi and a computer, despite feeling anxious or a little sad about a few things, you’re still lucky. Forget everything else.

Travelling brings you across such incidents in your life that you start appreciating life a little more. And out of all the reasons to start travelling, the fact that it teaches you to appreciate life a little more is the most significant one.

helping peopleTravelling Taught Me We Are All The Same

During travelling, meeting new people becomes an everyday thing. Every now and then you make a new friend. From Buddhists to Muslims to Hindus – you meet them all, not to mention people with every skin colour imaginable. Your values may differ from theirs, but when you engage in a conversation with someone, you realize how we’re all coming from the same place, and are, after all, not so different. You share similar jokes you had learned in school. You realise that you want to hug and cry over the same things as other people around you. Different cultural backgrounds and different religions don’t make us different. We are all the same.

artist Travelling Taught Me That Life Is About So Much More Than Just Money

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page” Saint Augustine

When you travel through small towns and villages and watch different communities being utterly satisfied, despite having no more than what a single family-owned in a big city around you, you realize how life is so much more than just having iPhones and iPads. We only need to learn to re-calibrate what’s important in life, and travelling does that for us.

ferryTravelling Taught Me How Wealth And Material Goods Have Spoiled Me

It pains me to admit this but I’ve seen a direct correlation between the wealth of a place I visit and the level of selfishness in its people. Every time I end up in a place far off from the crowded boundaries of New Delhi, I find it easier to seek help — that if I’m in need, I’m more likely to be taken under someone’s wing.

I’ve personally felt that you’re more likely to be rescued from a bad situation in a place, where people are poorer than in a place where everyone is wealthy and seemingly self-satisfied. And that’s a big shame.

shared foodTravelling Taught Me That Happiness Is Only True When Shared

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared” Buddha

Travel makes you humble and teaches you the art of sharing. When you travel with others, even those you had just met in a hostel yesterday and share your food with them, you build a character, a more humble self. And this helps you find a better person inside you.

I mean if I talk about myself personally, I’ve become a much more compassionate and humble person. I now tend to help others more eagerly than I ever did before because I’ve been helped by so many people while travelling. Now, by helping others, whenever I get a chance, I believe I am just sort of repaying the loan.

Travel is like going to a university. Every day is a new lesson!

So yea, travelling is a broadening of mind incomparable to reading a book or watching a documentary. Once you engage with a foreign culture, whether it is sharing a meal with a local or attending a cultural function, you gain a larger perspective on the world outside your head.

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions” Peter Hoeg

Though it’s a different thing that different people collect different learning from the same experiences. Some are more realistic to a point that they often find their realism blinding the subtleties of their mind and the beauty of the place. Yet others, far more philosophical, always find themselves sentimentally wrapped and living in their own realities. But that doesn’t matter. Because no matter what, you always end up learning something new. And that’s what travelling is all about.

Further Reading: Why Travelling India Is A Learning Experience

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I am Dev, and I've been travelling full-time since 2016. I was a journalism student & started my corporate career as a documentary film-maker in England, before moving to India & becoming a full-time nomad. 25+countries. 50+ Brand Partnerships. And the adventure continues...

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  3. Very inspiring Dev. Amazing to see people in India travelling so much nowadays.

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  7. Shayali

    Hi Dev!! Couldn’t thank you enough for sharing this. I have just quit a journalism career of 5 years last time owing to my craving to travel the world and learn it’s broad spectrum of culture. With hardly any savings, I was in a quandary. However, your write-up seems to give me a lot of clarity. Thanks a bunch. I would love to get connected with you,

    • Thanks for your comment Shayali. I can totally understand. It’s tough to leave things behind and just Go. But if you want to know the world and understand its terms, traveling helps. [If I were the president of India or something, I’d make it compulsory for Indians to have a gap year and just travel, haha. But yea, on a serious not, our people need it, for so many reasons]

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