TOP 5: Lessons Learnt from Travelling (and 20 lessons learned on the road)

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

An a lighter note, 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 Laos new year celebration
  3. Ice in beer or red wine is not only acceptable in SE 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.  McDonalds 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 SE 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”

 

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

Comments

  1. Phyl O'Connor says:

    Hitting the nail on the head-succinct as ever. Thank you. xx

    • Thanks Phyl! I am sure you have your own ‘lessons learned’ list and some are probably on this list…like number 11?!

  2. You’ll have to get to the Phillipines at some point and add that to your list of places Karaoke is taken ÜBER seriously. Great article Kellie.

    • Kellie Netherwood says:

      Thanks Sal. Phillipines is definately on my list of places to see…especially now I know I have the entertainment of karaoke being taken seriously to look forward to!

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