WE NEED TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF MOTHER EARTH.
This one is crucial. The sad reality is many of us who live in and travel to the best places in the world often fail to appreciate and take care of them. It breaks my heart going back to a place only to find it worse than I remember it. If we don’t take care of our natural resources, years from now, there won’t be a reason to travel anymore. There is so much beauty around us—beauty that we MUST preserve so that the future generation can also enjoy it.
WHEN IN ROME, DO AS THE ROMANS DO.
Travelling and living abroad as an expat has taught me to humble toward people and situations. The secret is to learn, respect, and embrace other people’s culture and their ways of living. When in Rome, do as the romans do. But please, whatever you do, don’t take off your bra and get comfortable just because your host said ‘’mi casa es su casa.’’
TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED.
I haven’t been everywhere, but this piece of wisdom is definitely on my to-do list. Most of the time, travelers, including myself, tend to concentrate on tried and tested destinations that receive more attention on social media. But I have learned that sometimes taking off the beaten paths leads to hidden gems.
CONNECT WITH PEOPLE.
Just like airport stamps and airline miles, I have gained friends along the way. I’ve bonded with fellow passengers seated next to me, and have enjoyed many meaningful conversations with total strangers. Some of these connections have lasted for minutes while on queue to board a flight, or hours during a long flight. Others have gone beyond encounters to become friendships. I am grateful for all these random connections that started with a simple ‘’Hi!’’.
EAST OR WEST, HOME IS BEST.
No matter how far or near I have travelled, no matter how many destinations have made me gasp at their beauty, no matter how many amazing people I have met and keeping meeting along the way, nothing beats home! Yes, it feels good to leave. But it feels so much better to come back.