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How travelling has changed me

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How travelling has changed me

In my home language of IsiZulu  we have a saying, that is so profoundly true: “ Ukuhamba kuzala induna”  meaning that travelling breeds leaders. This is very true as a leader cannot be someone whose only experience of life is their own, it must be someone open to the experience more of the world as this helps in understanding how others think and what is important to them too.  Travelling has certainly moulded and changed me for the better.

How I discovered travelling

As a girl from a small township in the hills of Marianhill, travelling was just a dream that I read about in books for a long time. It was not even something I thought I would have a chance to do in my lifetime, but I focused on the need inside me, and finally in many ways to cam true.  Sometimes I am surprised by the fact that some of the places  I have seen in the world that were on my travel bucket list someone else paid me to see them.  Unbelievable right?

What I have I learned from travelling

Travel has provided many opportunities for education, to acquire wisdom, to learn humility and to enjoy the world in which I live.

  • Growing up in the tail end of Apartheid South Africa, I wasn’t exposed to different races, languages and cultures. Travel has thrown that door wide open
  • I believe in the inherent goodness of people all over the world. Everywhere I have been 99% of the people have been welcoming, loving, open to discussion, and wanting to live happy fruitful lives and contribute to the world
  • I have had more and more an understanding driven home that your circumstances and past, do not pre determine who you become in your future
  • That there is nothing superior about one culture, race or language the beauty found in the wonderful array is a complement to our creator
  • I have become very tolerant to the beliefs of others even when I don’t share their beliefs, because I have learned to listen and try and understand life from their perspective rather than my inherent biases
  • I have become very good at navigating airports, and other travel administrative nightmares
  • I have become VERY protective of my right to travel freely
  • It has made my faith even stronger, as I see how beautifully the world is made, with each part fitting together just right in order to sustain life on earth in every part of the world.
  • I have become more appreciative of personal freedom as I have seen how in some countries people have none.
  • I have become even more compassionate towards those who because of economic circumstances, war, crime and anything that threatens their personal freedom and safety and basic human rights, which I enjoy so freely, have had to leave all that is familiar behind and move to South African, to toil for a new life with just the work of their bare hands
  • I have gotten to love South African even more as I realise that besides all our challenges it also one of the best places to live in for me and my family
  • It has changed my mind set in that I will give my children an opportunity to travel as they get older as I believe this will be good for them
  • I have learned to love travelling with my husband and experiencing the world with him. Also realising how the sharing the experience with someone else is so much sweeter
  • I have become more determined to use every opportunity I have to see more of the world

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What have you learned from travelling?

How has it influenced the person you have become?

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  • Reply Mary-the boondocks blog

    What a beautifully written post, Lindi. I too have done some traveling and it has made see the differences and how narrow-minded people who have never been outside their own borders can be. Traveling can open up your mind and make you much more tolerant than you would be if you had just stayed in your little corner of the world.

    July 2, 2016 at 11:29 am
    • Reply lindiwem

      Thank you Mary it certainly does open your eyes wider

      September 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

    Oh I love what you have gained through traveling. I agree that traveling helps you grow as a person, and opens your eyes and mind to new experiences and philosophies – great read 🙂

    July 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm
    • Reply lindiwem

      It certainly does Sarah. thank you so much for always leaving such thoughtful comments

      September 15, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Lynn Spencer

    Good Morning from North Carolina, USA Lindi…Like you, I have been blessed to travel may parts of the world, first as a child as my father was in the Navy and second just because my husband and I love to travel. We have not made it to your country yet, but it is on the list and I have heard nothing but wonderful things about it from my friends who have traveled to South Africa. One of the many reasons I like to travel with my children is that I do believe it builds resilience, self-reliance and self-accomplishment. Being able to successfully navigate a train station in a country whose language you don’t speak is nothing short of a huge accomplishment and something I hope they’ll fall back on when they face another challenge.
    Thanks for the reminder!
    Hugs to you today, Lynn
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    July 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply lindiwem

      Hello Lynn thank you for commenting. I was in the states about 4 weeks ago North Carolina is one of the parts of your country I haven’t explored. it is on the list.

      September 15, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Lindi, sounds like you have had a lot of great experiences, and learned a lot during your traveling. It is good that you will give your children the same opportunities.
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    July 2, 2016 at 2:11 pm
    • Reply lindiwem

      Hi Linda yes I have been fortunate thank you so much for commenting

      September 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    I agree with you about the importance of travel. There is so much to learn, and so much to see by leaving one’s comfort zone. I haven’t been able to do much international travel, yet, but I have seen most of the USA. I can’t wait, however, to see more of the world one day.
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    July 2, 2016 at 2:38 pm
    • Reply lindiwem

      Hello jessica
      Thats lovely that you are getting to see more of the US it seems so large that it probably feels like you have visited different countries

      July 25, 2016 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Enricoh Alfonzo

    I love that quote yes it really does breed leaders. hahah felicidades Epica to you for getting paid to travel that’s awesome.
    I love meeting new and exciting people with different cultures and languages. it’s mad fun to learn how different and yet the same we are.

    July 3, 2016 at 6:20 pm
    • Reply lindiwem

      So true Enricoh we are always enriched by meeting others. thank you so much for commenting on my blog

      September 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Samanthra

    Loved this post and especially point #11.

    July 4, 2016 at 2:28 am
    • Reply lindiwem

      thank you so much Samantha

      July 25, 2016 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Prishantha

    Love this post Lindi, travel certainly changes a person.You see the world from a different perspective.

    July 4, 2016 at 8:24 am
    • Reply lindiwem

      Thankyou Prishantha I totally agree we become better people by interacting with the rest of the world

      July 25, 2016 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Janet

    Wow, you’ve learned so much from travelling. I love different cultures and hope that I get the opportunity some day! Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes linky! Janet

    July 11, 2016 at 12:56 am
    • Reply lindiwem

      Thanks Janet yes life and people wherever we go. Thank you for stopping by

      July 13, 2016 at 4:50 pm

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