Day 14 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge – Thoughts on Being a Nomad
The definition of open minded is a willingness to try new things or to hear and consider new ideas, something that is a constant necessity and required quality in the life of a nomad. In order to travel extensively, one needs to possess an open mind towards anything that might be encountered – good or bad. Narrow mindedness will only leave a tourist frustrated, uncomfortable and at a loss. At which point, he/she might as well stay home.
When exploring new countries, a nomad needs to be flexible in order to deal with unexpected situations and unpleasant circumstances. Rarely ever does something go exactly as planned (because of the weather, the company, the lack of efficiency, different traditions and priorities, delays, health reasons, or the mood) and sticking to a tight schedule or well-defined itinerary will cause disappointments and negative feelings. Better to take it easy and be prepared, but in a relaxed manner.
An open mind also comes in the form of tolerance. You are not alone in this world! When traveling, you need to deal with other tourists, locals, drivers, campers, cruisers… anyone who will cross your path. This could lead to interesting conversations, intriguing experiences, enlightening moments, new friendships and long-lasting memories. It will provide cultural immersion and a deeper understanding for the world and its diversity. Therefore, it is my belief that the more people travel, the more acceptance that creates, and the better our world will become.
Do you have an open mind? Does travel widen perspectives and understanding in your opinion? What is something that you learned while traveling?
In past blogs I wrote about serious topics, like education, getting around, health, love, money, and traveling with kids, and not so serious ones, like joy, freedom, adventure, nature, belongings, campers and dogs. Tomorrow, P stands for Plans.