Travel is the most intense mode of learning and adventures are the best way to learn. School is probably the best place to expand your academic knowledge, but when it comes to learning about life, there is nothing more enriching than travelling. Whether it’s the people you meet or the things you see, travelling provides more valuable life lessons than school, mainly because instead of being told something, you experience it. The Accelerator conducts excursions every year and has few reasons why travelling is a valuable learning experience;
Because travelling forces you out of your comfort zone
School is a place that you usually feel safe at. You know and feel comfortable with all the people in the school: the teachers, the friends, the parents, and other school workers. They all usually live in the same city, and hence they share a very similar culture. They speak the same language and they eat the same kind of food as you. Meanwhile, travelling means new foods, cultures, language, people, and places to explore. It pushes you out of your comfort zone. And it is a good thing, because it will help you grow as a person.
Because travelling teaches you better time management skill
If you are late in submitting your assignment, you can just go to the teacher’s office and ask for deadline extension. In your travel adventure, getting late will cost you lots of money. After all, you can’t ask the train to wait for you. It’s a good thing though, because you will learn to better manage your time.
Because travelling allows you to see and experience new ways of living
Nothing is more eye-opening than surrounding yourself with another culture that chooses to live their life completely different from yours. Travelling gives you a new perspective on how you live. You might be able to see the photo of that from a textbook, but experiencing it yourself can only be done through travelling.
Because travelling gives you the chance to reinvent yourself
At school, your friends and teachers can see you in a certain way. Maybe you are seen as a misfit at your school. Well, travel can give you the blank white sheet – the chance to start fresh and explore the other sides of your personality.
Because travelling helps you build confidence
You’ve just travelled to a new city, far away from home. You have learned a new language, and used it to haggle over prices in the local market. They’re all things you didn’t know you could do before. With travel, come challenges. And the more challenges you take on, the more confident of yourself you become.
Because travelling will improve you’re planning and organizing skills
There are lots of things you need to plan to have a great travel experience. You need to organize your trip so that you have a place to stay and transportation taken care of. Travelling will help you sharpen your planning and organizing skills.
Because travelling makes you a more interesting person
How many of you love to tell weird and adventurous stories to your friends, and feel better because you feel like you are an interesting person? Travel is an opportunity to do things you might not otherwise get to do.Most of these amazing stories will come from the time when you travelled, not from your time in school.
Because you will learn social skills much better while travelling
You will meet lots of new people at hostels, tourist places, monuments, trains and buses while travelling. Perhaps they are local people or other fellow travellers. They can be good people, bad people, introvert / extrovert. The fact that you get to meet them all will definitely improve your social skills. Compare that to staying in school where you will meet the same people all the time and you can see why travelling is a more valuable learning experience than school.
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