Every time I travel somewhere, no matter who it is with, I learn a lesson. There have been many lessons learned while traveling for me and my hubby! I think this is the main reason I love to travel. Besides getting to see new places and experience God’s beauty, I get to learn new things. Keep reading to find my lessons learned while traveling. And make sure to leave a comment and tell me what you have learned while traveling!
LESSONS LEARNED WHILE TRAVELING
New Things About My Travel Partner: Hubby!
When I go on vacation or travel with my husband, B, I always learn new things about him. I learn about his likes and dislikes. Sometimes I find his limits when it comes to how many activities can fill up one day. I can just go and go and go some more. However, I think my hubby gets tired out more quickly if it’s not something he is enjoying. He loves to read instead of look out the window to see the scenery.
I have also learned some great things about him while we have traveled and camped. He loves to care for me and make things special. For example, he did the dishes for me one night while camping so my hands wouldn’t freeze. He challenges me constantly to do things I want but am afraid to do. Like in Hawaii, I became very afraid of snorkeling after a big wave hit me on the shore and knocked me over. I almost did not want to get back in the water to go again. But, I really wanted to snorkel with turtles! So instead of allowing me to give up on myself, he helped me practice in shallow water, get my confidence back up, and we eventually swam with turtles!
Let me just say, I found a good one! I love traveling with hubby and learning new things about him and our relationship.
New Things About Myself
Every time I travel, I learn something new about myself. On our first married vacation, I learned that I am a huge planner! I planned activities, places to eat, and back up activities. I did not plan too many things, though. Just the right amount so we could always have something to do. I learned I am a good planner/organizer, and I love doing it! One reason we are able to travel cheaply is because I am really good at finding deals. Read my post on how to use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights! I have learned I am pretty good at booking cheap vacations.
However, I also learned that I do not do well when plans change. I guess that means I am not very flexible or adaptable. When all of our paid-for activities in Hawaii got cancelled due to weather, I just broke down. (Food poisoning doesn’t help your mood either!) So since then, I have learned to be more flexible and roll with the punches. Not every vacation is going to be perfect and go the way you plan. It adds to very valuable lessons learned while traveling.
New Things About Other Travel Partners: Family and Friends
When traveling with family and friends, both B and I learn new things about them. You have been on those family vacations where everyone gets super annoyed with everyone else by the end. It always happens. And it isn’t anyone’s fault. It usually happens because too much time spent together in one space causes certain personalities to clash and people get tired of people. This always teaches us valuable lessons about dealing with other people in a kind way.
I think one of the best things we have learned when traveling with other people, is the fact that you don’t have to do EVERYTHING together. B and I are introverts, which means we need time alone to do what we like doing in order to recharge. So, while we are on family vacations, if other people do not want to do something with us, we respect that. We know we need time away as well. Family vacations stretch you as a person. We all know that!
Things Don’t Always Go As Planned
No matter how good I am at planning, and no matter how many back-up plans I have, things don’t always go as planned! This is one of two of my favorite lessons learned while traveling. Like I said in the beginning, I have learned to be flexible and adapt to changes while traveling. I wish things always went according to my plans. My plans are usually fantastic! However, vacations are never perfect.
If I told you all of the things that have gone wrong on our many trips/vacations, I would keep you here all day! Just to name a few, our luau in Hawaii got rained out, our snuba in Hawaii got cancelled, and I got food poisoning. In our most recent trip to Death Valley, I had planned on seeing a really cool crater! However, I got a massive headache and took a 3 hour nap in the middle of the day effectively ruining the two-hour crater trip. On our trip to Yosemite, I pulled a muscle in my leg causing a ton of pain on the last 3 miles I hiked that day. It’s always something. So I have learned that things don’t always go as planned.
Always Have A Backup Plan
That is why, my second of two most favorite lessons learned while traveling is always have a backup plan! Luckily, in Hawaii, when everything got canceled, I had multiple other places to drive to and explore when it rained. In Death Valley, me feeling terrible allowed B to have lots of time relaxing and reading his book. (Which he loved!) And I just got an awesome nap!
Plans getting changed and canceled doesn’t have to ruin a trip or vacation. But, I have always learned that having a backup plan never hurt anyone. For example, when we went camping in Joshua Tree National Park, I had picked out a specific campground to stay in. But, I knew we would cut it close since it was crowded that weekend. Therefore, I made a backup plan for another campground in case the one I chose was full. That’s always smart, so you don’t have to cancel your trip because you couldn’t find a place to sleep! That would be terrible.
It’s Sometimes Alright To Not Have A Plan
I’m a planner by nature. Obviously, this whole post is about how I love to plan. I like to fit everything into the few short days we have for a trip. However, I have learned that sometimes it’s okay to not have a plan. It gives you an opportunity to experience things you didn’t plan for! Most of the time when we go camping, I don’t have a specific plan of what to do. I may have plans of hikes I would like to do. Or, I may have sights that I would like to see. However, the days where everything just happens to work out on it’s own is pretty cool too.
Sometimes, going with the flow and not having a plan makes the best memories. And I am all about making amazing memories.
So what about you? Have you learned any crazy lessons while traveling? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear some crazy stories!