But enough about that. Last month I wrote about how fear was still a big problem I was having during my travels; among other pointers I really should have taken on-board while I was on the road. But, as you always do with travel, you start doing things that you wish you did more of back home.
Although you can't always be sitting on a beach in Vietnam (Like I've been doing the past few days!), these are things I have done or started doing during my travels that have enriched my trip and I want to take back home with me.
1. I should really read more
I'm the author of this website, I also have been a writer for some time now. So it seems only smart that I actually read other writing while I'm travelling? Of course I only started to do that when a close friend of mine actually pulled me up on it. Since then I've read two books and found my next one! I do sometimes miss the traditional paper books, but I do like searching through all these titles on iBooks and seeing what other eBooks people are reading! Seriously it's such a relaxing pleasure to just sit by the beach/pool/window of a train and just read. Something I don't feel people do enough at home and I definitely don't for someone who likes to write so much.
When you're constantly in hostels, meeting new people and especially when you're travelling alone, you might feel like you have to be putting yourself out there to go and hit the bar with the rest of the hostel. Not true. A couple of times I felt so ashamed of not wanting to be very social that I would hide the fact I was brushing my teeth before heading to bed and fashioning myself a makeshift privacy curtain if the hostel didn't have one to hide that I just wanted to go to sleep or read my guide. But now I've realised I need to spend a lot more time winding down and thinking about myself and my own thoughts so I'm more refreshed to tackle another whole lot of introductions and nights out. I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy meeting people, being social and going out. I definitely do! I just need to take more notice of when I need me time. Travelling and at home.
3. Be more open-minded about everyone and how they decide to do things
People on the road sometimes give their opinion on the way others travel and it got me very frustrated for the first few weeks. Such as the guy who told me I was so silly for pre-booking my hostels in advance before I get to a city. Also the people who seriously pressured me to go out with them even though I had only just landed from my long day of transit and just wanted to sleep. Or the person who said I really should have brought less stuff as my bag couldn't properly fit. (To be fair he was partly right but still the commentary wasn't needed.) People like to pass judgement on others all the time. I'm guilty of it. But that doesn't mean the other person needs to hear it. So what if I book my hostels in advance online and you don't? Great! Unless you're travelling with another person, you don't need to worry about what someone thinks about your holiday plans. It's yours. I wished some of the people I've met travelling were like this. So I want to work on my attitude and try be more positive and accepting of other people's plans and ideas. Even if I think they're ridiculous.
Has travel given you some thoughts and ideas you want to incorporate into your life? Let me know in the comments below.
~ Olivia (WM)