What traveling taught me (that school and textbooks never could)

For many years, I have had the honour of passing through the globe

From European advent' s and student exchanges to secondary school, to work abroad in colleges, countless family holidays and a recent trip to South-East Asia. Every trip I go about, I can't help but notice how much I know. I was a man who could care less about the class of world history, I couldn't sit in math, and I never understood why school didn' t teach me everything I could actually use

The traveler taught me to have the practical side

I don't have time for this! (OK, maybe.)

If there is one thing that has traveled with me for years, it's patience. Not everything goes as planned when you travel in another area of the world. Life can be completely different than yours. Growing up in a country like Canada, you can't complain when something doesn't meet the high standards that you grew up around. The traveler taught me to "stop and smell the roses," which I thought I had come home, but not

I was recently at a restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the service was a little slow. Then I realized that the whole restaurant was running

You mean you don't speak English?

In Canada, you don't really have to learn in other languages; most of us can't even speak English or French. And then you'll visit the countries in Europe, where there are six different languages in the list. We are fortunate enough that English is a universal language, but not all of us in this world speak English, just as we do not speak our own language. So when you need to contact someone who can't speak English, what are you going to do?

Learning how to pass through the language barrier and communicate with others was a huge step for me. After working with children in Spain, who speak only Spanish and small English, you have to think of a different way of communicating. I even had a full conversation with a lady in Italy who didn' t talk about anything. Why is this skill so important? He pushes you beyond your comfort zone and makes you solve your problems and think about your feet. You will soon learn that this language is not a barrier after all, and communication and connection in other ways, surprisingly, is much easier than you think

What is this monopoly?

I'm just terrible at math. However, every time I visit a new country, I have to deal with some of them

It's funny that the school system will probably teach you how important it is to calculate the angle of a triangle, but not how to get other currencies. However, as a traveller, this is probably one of the most important things. How do you make sure you don't accidentally give someone $100 instead of $10? How do you tea in different countries? What are the taxes in different countries, if any? Rapid training and adaptation in every new location I have visited was a critical and other sense of complexity than any mathematical class I have ever been in

YOLO (Yes, I just said that)

You are more than likely to find yourself in the outside country

Traveling taught me how to get out of my comfort zone, put me in an uneasy and embarrassing situation, and at the end of the day, learn to accept and just walk-with-flow. Recently, travel in Asia, about 95 percent of the time, we had no idea what was going on. We'd get on the buses arriving at the pier, and we'd have hoped it would end in our hostel. Unable to control the situation, I would normally give me trouble at home, but training would be the best I've ever done abroad. Stop controlling the situation and just go to her. No textbook can teach you how to travel

So, my words of wisdom for all-the journey! (ALL)

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Lauren is a graduate of the Sheridan College, who now works in the marketing of social media ... yes, she gets a salary in Tweet. When she does not live in social networks, she travels around the world and writes about it to her blog of travel