Day 5 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge – Thoughts on Being a Nomad
In my opinion, travel is one of the best forms of education anyone can get. Imagine what you learn – consciously or subconsciously – along the way, whether you are backpacking, road tripping, train journeying, cycling, walking or sailing. I am not suggesting to skip high school or college, like some adventurers like Louis L’Amour did, but once the ground work of knowledge and getting established in life has been laid, why not send those graduates into the world to learn more about it in person? Anyone, really, would benefit from greater exposure to how things are done and look like abroad.
While being a nomad, you can learn new languages, practice social skills, interact with local inhabitants, immerse yourself in different cultures, discover new habits and traditions, observe wildlife first hand, try exotic foods and learn how to cook them, use different currencies, explore diverse parts of the world, navigate busy cities and appreciate pure natural beauty, learn tolerance and acceptance, act on your curiosity, and expand your horizons and your knowledge in so many ways. The list is endless. Parents integrate interesting daily occurrences while home schooling their children during the journey.
Over the last decade, Mark and I have learned many things, on a personal, behavioral, technical, physical and intellectual level, that we wouldn’t have been able to obtain living a sedentary life. Education on the road, or the water, is extremely broad and diverse. Imagine looking at your favorite coffee table book of a country you love, or opening up an encyclopedia to read about a culture different from yours, then stepping right into the scene. Instead of just skimming the words or glancing the photos, you are now part of the reality of that moment and can experience the intriguing scene with all of your senses. That is what education through travel is all about!
What have you learned on your travels? What is a memory you will never forget? Do you think knowledge is better obtained through books or through experience? Or both?
(Come back tomorrow to “educate” yourself about “F is for Freedom” in this “Thoughts about Being a Nomad” series.)
PS: All of these photos were taken on one and the same island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (Huahine in French Polynesia)! Imagine the rate at which these learning experiences are multiplied every time you visit a new place, island, or country!