Wish I read this 22 years ago

Thought Catalog

Flickr / Leo HidalgoFlickr / Leo Hidalgo

1. Travel forces you to solve problems: There is nothing like being stuck in a country where you don’t know the language, you don’t know what a celebration hamburger is, your cellphone doesn’t get any service, and the bathrooms are gender neutral. So, you pick up new skills that your ordinary life would never permit: how to read a map, how to follow people’s hand gestures (because you can’t understand the language), how to estimate the time of day based on sunlight and to be extremely descriptive and on time about setting meeting spots, and you bring these newly acquired things home.

2. Travel gives you opportunities to connect with other people, both home and abroad: Before my trip, everyone who had ever been to Paris wanted to tell me about their experiences, and give me advice on what to pack, where to go, how to…

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