1. A traveller is eager to learn new things
Travellers indulge in the culture of their new environment. They immerse themselves in its uniqueness, learn the language, eat the food, and adapt to new ways. True travellers let go of what they’ve known in order to become a part of something magically new.
2. A traveller loves getting lost
It is Ray Bradbury who said that half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness. Getting lost leads you to undiscovered places you may never have seen had you kept to your route. Don’t panic if the GPS on your phone fails in the midst of a strange, new city. Bask in the excitement of a little adventure.
3. A traveller always carries either a book or a pair of headphones
You’d be surprised how comforting a book or a familiar piece of music can be in the midst of the strange sights and sounds and smells. Pick up a few books on your way over or swap out some familiar favourites with travellers you meet along the way.
4. A traveller never looks back
Setting foot upon distant soil is often scary. But with the right mindset and the steadfast decision to always look forward to the next adventure, those fears are bound to melt away in no time.
5. A traveller lives in the moment
True travellers do not walk around with a camera glued to their hand. True travellers use the moment to savour their experience and feel the grass beneath their feet. Don’t worry about what you’ll show people afterwards. You are here. This is now.
** Bonus tip:
Sometimes the best thing to do is not conform. Not plan. Not settle. Occasionally you need to let life lead you to more imaginative places. You need to dream and you need to discover the unknown in order to truly determine what it is you want from life…
You need to be a traveller.