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What Travelling in Southeast Asia Can Teach You About Life

October 12, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Ah, the wonders of Asia. Travelling the world broadens your horizons and helps you view the world in a totally different way. While some people foolishly brush off a trip to Nepal or Laos as being too trendy or predictable, we all know it’s really a soul-defining moment in our lives. Today, let’s explore what travelling to Southeast Asia can teach you about life as a whole.

1. It’s better to be kind than cruel

The primarily Buddhist attitudes exhibited in most countries are something we can all learn from. As 1Cover point out in their Bali travel guide, it’s not uncommon to see adults pick up random children and give them hugs in restaurants. This unburdened level of love is something we should all use as inspiration.

2. It’s one thing reading about a culture; it’s another thing experiencing it for yourself

Sure, it’s a great idea to swot up on the different cultures in Southeast Asia before you go (especially so you’re aware of any customs you’ll need to follow). But experiencing it for yourself only cements and enhances your understanding, since you’re able to see it there and then, as part of everyday life. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask the locals about their lives.

3. Question everything

Admittedly, this is something travelling anywhere will teach you. But there are a lot of scams operating in this part of Asia – largely directed at unsuspecting tourists who aren’t familiar with the region.

Tripsavvy highlight some of the most popular, including the likes of VIP bus tickets. Often these buses break down before you can board them and are replaced by a regular service, meaning you paid more for nothing. Sometimes, drivers will purposefully break down before reaching a ferry crossing, forcing you to stay at a nearby guest house (often that of someone they’re friends with).

Trust your instincts and don’t take everything at face value.

4. Money doesn’t equal happiness

Comforts and luxuries we take for granted, such as laptops, beds, and even electricity, aren’t always available to people living in Southeast Asia. And yet they have a reputation for being some of the most friendly, welcoming people on the planet – Thailand is even referred to as the Land of Smiles. While no one should have to live in poverty, there’s still something to be learned here: you don’t have to own a lot of goods to be happy.

You’ll learn a whole heap on your travels of Southeast Asia, but these are perhaps some of the most important lessons. Hopefully you keep them in mind after you come back from your adventure.

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