WHY YOU MUST DROP EVERYTHING & TRAVEL. DREAM, BOOK, GO…

There is no discounting that you learn some of the most important skills in the classroom but the lessons you learn about life when you leave your comfort zone and step into the unknown are incomparable. Here are some of the best lessons of life that travel teaches you.

TRUST YOUR INTUITION
If you travel on your own (by not opting for no-sweat group tours that have everything planned for you), you are likely to tackle situations where you have to make a choice or a decision immediately. No amount of research or preparedness can come to your rescue. But on the bright side, discovering things on your own, like what’s the cheapest and quickest way to get from point A to point B, how much should you trust your instinct when talking to a stranger, how much should you spend each day… etc. all go a long way to smarten you up. When you are in another country, you feel less judged and more courageous too.

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LIVING A LIFE OF “TRAVEL”

Perpetual journeyer Kyle Johnson craved freedom and adventure over material possessions and left the ordinary life to explore the world…

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A lot of us are bitten by wanderlust and often daydream of quitting the rat race and opting for a life of full-time travel. But it isn’t easy after all. It does take a lot of courage to leave your home and set out to explore the world without a planned itinerary for life. Known as a global nomad, Kyle Johnson, fondly known as Gu Yue, is one person who has travelled from the fjords of Patagonia to the streets of the Mediterranean. Having left his job at General Electric to pursue a career as a professional backpacker, Kyle has documented his experiences in two bestselling books along with a couple of well-received television programmes. One of his most popular projects is a series called To Berlin By Thumb that talks about Kyle’s 100-day hitchhiking journey from Beijing to Berlin, only to visit his girlfriend.

Excerpts from our chat: (PS: Hope it inspires you to chase your dream!)

Q: Tell us something about yourself and your unrelenting passion for travelling the world.
I was born in Beijing and moved to the U.S. at the age of 11. Since childhood, I’ve always had a sense for adventure and exploration. After university, I worked for two years at GE Capital pursuing finance. But very soon, I realised that was not the kind of life I wanted to live. For the past twelve years, I have been spending majority of my time travelling around the world, living a lifestyle that emphasizes on personal freedom and growth than stability and material wealth. I think traveling is a great way to understand this world and ourselves. Read more