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How has traveling changed you?

How have you changed as a result of your travel experiences? What kind of personal growth have you experienced as a result of your trip(s)?
16 years ago, November 7th 2007 No: 1 Msg: #22149  
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How have you changed as a result of your travel experiences? What kind of personal growth have you experienced as a result of your trip(s)? Reply to this

16 years ago, November 11th 2007 No: 2 Msg: #22339  
Hi Horhay, i have only been on short trips so far and plan on doing a big trip this December, but from shorter trips i feel it has changed me and that i appreciate more what i have and what little other people have and an appreciation from different cultures and i hope my big trip will help me to grow even more.

Thx Mike😊

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16 years ago, November 13th 2007 No: 3 Msg: #22477  
I learn more about myself when I travel than at any other time. When I remove myself from everything comfortable and familiar, and step out from under the expectations people (including myself) have of me, I learn who I really am.

The first time this happened was when I was 17, and I was an exchange student. Living on the other side of the world for a year, I was able to figure out the kind of person I wanted to be. The challenge in the last 13 years has been becoming that person. I feel like I am at my best when I am travelling, and each time I come 'home' I bring back with me more ways to feel like that every day of my life. Each time I travel, I figure out another piece of myself. I've learnt things like what's really important to me, what kind of people I want in my life, how I want to be remembered when I leave a place, how the choices I make every day should feel to me...

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16 years ago, November 14th 2007 No: 4 Msg: #22543  
I have been travelling for around 20 years. I started when I as very young, so dont really know what I would be like if I had not done it.
I think the main change is that I see different types of people as people I can relate to rather than thinking of them as those wierd people way over there in that wierd country.

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16 years ago, November 23rd 2007 No: 5 Msg: #22983  
I have certainly become more patient. Years ago, if I had to make a three-hour train journey is would seem like an eternity. Any major delays and it would seem like a big deal!

Now, I think nothing of making a 12-hour bus journey. You just sit back, relax and get on with it. And delays? You encounter so many delays in travel that you soon learn not to get hot, bothered or stressed. You just treat it as a natural part of the travel experience and ride it out. After my first travelling experience, I came back to England with a calmer attitide and little things didn't bother me or stress me out. Reply to this

16 years ago, November 26th 2007 No: 6 Msg: #23134  
Where to start? In 2001 my husband (partner at the time) and I travelled across Canada for 10 weeks tenting it for the most part. 10 weeks, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with only one other person is certainly a good way to make or break a relationship. We both learned when to compromise, and when to just give ourselves space. Harder to do in a tiny pitch tent you couldn't even sit up in, but I think it made us understand each other better.

Now we live in China, and I'm surprising myself. I've never been assertive when it comes to getting in line, asking for help etc. I often have to just gulp and dive into a situation hoping for the best. I can also tell a cab driver if he doesn't turn on the meter I'm getting out!

On the other hand, I am so often forced to just trust a person with whom I can barely communicate. "So you are telling me my hostel is down this poorly lit laneway" - communicated to me mostly by charades. Yet the results are consistently good. I'm learning to trust that the majority of people are kind and good.

Finally, I'm learning that if things don't go as you expect (the majority of the time here), then it may bring unexpected rewards (lost in the hutongs we found a choir practicing in an office building...it was unbelievable). So I'm more relaxed, life has a way of working out. Someone once told me "leap and trust that there will be a net." I can feel myself adopting this viewpoint more and more with every new adventure in China. Reply to this

16 years ago, December 1st 2007 No: 7 Msg: #23450  
'The biggest change so far? I suppose it's that I don't drink the tea until the leaves have settled'

I thought as I sat waiting for the jasmine leaves to fall in my tea this afternoon in Kunming. I mentioned it to Alan, who looked at his Oolong leaves unfurling and pausing to think said, 'yep, neither do I.'

Travelling. It's increased my patience and I don't make snap judgements (so often) anymore! Reply to this

16 years ago, December 3rd 2007 No: 8 Msg: #23500  
Hi Horhay,

Travelling made me much more confident and indepedent too, I was very shy and now not that much anymore. And I don't judge people by their cover like I used to before. I am more patient too and I know more about myself about what I want in life. Reply to this

16 years ago, December 26th 2007 No: 9 Msg: #24652  
The whole purpose of my travels was to embrace change....my last 9 months on the road has been summed up... is my latest entry...'South America: simple things that keeps this world spinning.'

Some changes....I don’t need to own 'things' as much, I eat healthier, I listen to people and don’t but in as much, I am more patient with others, I appreciate sunsets and sunrises, I appreciate a great photograph in nearly everything I see, especially the people...but I now ask permission to take a photos instead of ramming a camera in peoples faces. I feel calmer, and understand when there is a hold up (not with robbers or bad people) more of a delay, that there is a great reason for it. My mind is becoming less chattery...only slightly mind, and my writing skills have improved no end!! i also realise that if your in a hole its up to you to get yourself out by doing something different.

About to embark on South East Asia and Im so excited, as I adore the east.

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16 years ago, January 4th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #25036  
Travelling - besides making me much poorer and chubbier! - has helped me to understand myself, as much of a cliche as it is. Reading through my blogs yesterday I noticed how I am more in control of my writing now than at the beginning, which I suppose has come from living through tough situations and being made to grow up. I make proper phone calls in Russian now as part of my job, when I was nervous even about calling friends a few months ago.

And I have come to understand others better. Living in a different and often dangerous place has made me shelve a lot of my naivity, as it has thrown me in with a fair amount of bad people, not least thieves and Eastern European militsiya. But it is a small price for learning to appreciate the good ones. Reply to this

16 years ago, January 6th 2008 No: 11 Msg: #25146  
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I have been travelling a lot, searching the perfect place to relocate. Now I am in Cebu City but I won't stay here long. The problem is that a man from US has been writing me, asking to move to my house with his dogs for an year or more...for free, I need to pay the maintenance, utility bills!!!

Then I found out a lot of things about him on the web, on panamenian sites, he left a poor lady stranded in Panama last year after planning for three years, she sold everything to stay with him without knowing he was married and was a compulsive liar online... She was left without ANY money, no visa, no airfare, lawyers and workers were not paid either. She was evicted and harassed by the landlord. She sold a few jewels to pay food according to www.dontdatehimgirl.com.

Then weeks later the apartment in Panama was foreclosured since the colombian landlord had to pay several bills left behind by that evil man who went back to his sexless, boring marriage to an elderly lady in blacklick, ohio and the landlord could not renegotiate with the bank, losing her real estate license.

Guess what? He went back to his wife travelling to Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, Colorado, sending me the pictures telling he was going to get a divorce so he could move to the Phillipines and stay with me!!! No way, he uses a false profile telling he is a widow (his former wife (his sixth) ran away with a african american tired of paying his expensive paid dating sites, he was writing me and many other filipinas in My Space, Netlog, Facebook, filipinofriendfinder.com then i found the same twenty years old picture posted in many sites.

To make things worst this man had his Ohio home foreclosured in jan.2007, bankrupt in sept. 2005 then he went to kasakhstan using more false excuses to a russian lady on the web. Then he moved to Panama where he started writing me daily, he did not install computer at home and in this meantime the poor lady was scrubbing the floors, cooking for him and the men who were renovating the apt. that at end, were left without any money as well. This is not going to happen to me or to other filipina lady, i already warned many sites and immigration. Then I can chose my perfect place in the world, away from pathological married liars.
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16 years ago, January 28th 2008 No: 12 Msg: #26223  
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It merely confirmed my biases about Americans! They TEND to be myopic, ideological, who have generated so many problems for themselves through basic ignorance and lack of empathy for anybody else in the world. Not all, just most! Travel doesn't necessarily broaden! (See my blog)
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16 years ago, January 29th 2008 No: 13 Msg: #26289  
Doesn't really sound as though you changed your opinion at all, whether to broaden or adopt an even narrower standpoint. I find it interesting how people's expectations are almost always met, we can always find what we are looking for. I am not American, and I find your comments are unproductive and off topic. Reply to this

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