18 Months Travelling The World Today Non Stop – 5 Top Lessons I Learned
Yuli Azarch | January 11, 2016 | No Comments on 18 Months Travelling The World Today Non Stop – 5 Top Lessons I Learned
I just finished another amazing morning, here in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Woke up at 6:30, ran to the beach right after I woke up, drank my superfoods\superherbs shake, have done 1.5 hours of Ashtanga Yoga, ate a healthy breakfast. I feel fucking amazing and now I start my day strong with a clear mind. Sitting down on my PC, I realized today is exactly 18 months since I started actively travelling around the world non-stop as a digital nomad, passing through 17 countries in that time period, and I want to share the biggest lessons I learned, not necessarily in the same order, but random 5 top lessons which I consider the biggest I took during those 18 months for myself:
5 Top Lessons From Travelling In The Last 18 Months
- You have to take time off to observe, reflect, and get the 20/80 needed to perform in your business. Travelling forces me many times to take time off from my online businesses & from day to day life, in a form of a few flights, or a few intensive days of moving around, or doing some hiking or visiting a cool place I want. People don’t do that on a regular basis. Doing that, forces me to be offline, and makes me understand what’s the 20% of actions are needed because of a very limited access to a computer, that will provide the 80% of the results. Because on a day to day life, I can be sometimes very busy and just be on “Doing mode”, that you can do many times things which really don’t help you progress. As you make progress toward a goal, there might be a time when you feel like you’re just spinning your wheels. “Don’t confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but doesn’t make any progress.”. On that time, I can also very reflect on where I am taking my life and what I am doing – Key thing that I must continue doing on a regular basis and I recommend others to do the same.
- Happiness has absolutely nothing to do with money. I may not have travelled across all countries in the world, but being in about 17 countries in the last 18 months, makes it very easy to see a pattern: Some people are just darn happy. Some people are just darn unhappy. And the happiest ones, many times, are very poor as well. You need to be grateful for what you have, and appreciate more of what you have, because most likely, you are doing 95% better than most of the population of the world that lives in poverty and we are much more freedom and rich than ever before if you see what is going on around the world. Start with happiness as the core, and then chase all the money in this world.
- People in general in their core are good and want to help you. In general, whenever I needed help or something happened, from small to big, people around me always wanted to help and were also very helpful and nice. I am very realistic, and not everybody, of course, have good intentions, however, as a general belief, this just keeps returning and strengthening my inner belief that people are good inside and that if you need help, you’ll get it.
- You are the average of 5 people you spend the most time with, and the community around you affects you immensely. I notice that the people around me affect me a lot, and, in general, I really believe in the quote that you are the average of 5 people you spend the most time with. Being in lots of different countries, cultures, and keeping changing locations and people I hang out with, I notice how it have affected me so much. You don’t realize it when you don’t move around and stay in the same city or location because you take things for granted. If it is being in South America and being affected from the latino culture and music, from being completely alone with no foreigners, or from being surrounded by high quality people – The effects of it are much more noticeable now for me then ever.
- Travelling is the best education ever. There endless things you learn when you are travelling, which are very hard to learn if you stay in the same place. You see the different cultures, you can compare prices from different places, you can compare quality of life in different places, see how people are around you, you put yourself in uncomfortable situations a lot which force you to grow. Travelling is also the best emotional university there is, and there are a lot of things that can piss me off and make me angry while travelling. Learning how to control my emotions on my trips is a big thing which in turn makes me a happier person.
What are your lessons from travelling a lot? Would love to hear.