We get street smarts from nature, book smarts from nurture and only by traveling the world can we gain universal smarts.
This is because even without the intent to learn, the purpose is to explore, discover and ultimately experience – the most adventurous way to learn.
To put it crudely, traditional schooling is merely about being shown what we already know about the world – it’s like watching a football game from the sidelines.
Whereas traveling the world is the same as being one of those athletes. You can watch the game or be a part of it. Either way you can enjoy and learn from it.
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
Born and bred in New York City, my street smarts developed early, then the years of tradecraft honing as well as extensive survival training. But I feel I’ve gained more knowledge and wisdom from vagabonding.
I’ve learned life lessons about myself, broadened my perceptions and awareness levels, discovered truths about cultures and poeple, realized the true value of money and the ever increasing understanding for beauty, history and the little things.
Most importantly, mastering the ability to connect with and understand anyone from all walks of life.
People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. They can’t accept new things because all they know is where they live.
To further compare traveling the world to going to a university, hostels are like dorms (in fact they are dorms) and the guests are students. This “community” is obviously global and we learn from within it as well.
Also like traditional school, there are quantifiable lessons that are constantly in practice as a world traveler; basic to comprehensive foreign language usage, ever-changing currency conversions, personal international finance and budgeting and much more.
Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
Traveling the world gives us a wildly unique education that can’t be taught but learned by the experience of its journey. I am a traveler of this world and a student of it.
World travel is school that’s always on field trips.