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5 Things That Travel Can Teach Us About at Any Age

Travel presents us with so many wonderful learning opportunities- a chance to really expand your mind while doing something fun and enjoyable. Every time you visit a new destination you have the chance to learn new things, so don’t just be a tourist- really travel and find out more about the place you’re in! Here are a few things to pay attention to. 

Culture, history and religion

 

Culture, history and religion might be their own separate entities, but they’re strongly interlinked. These are the things that influence the people, lifestyle and customs in any destination, and learning more about each of them can teach you so much about a place. Attend festivals and celebrations, visit religious buildings, go to museums and galleries. All of these will give you clues about the people, how they live, why they have the lifestyles that they do. It can give you insight into why people act and think the way they do, which in turn can help you to consider your own thoughts and views. As humans we of course all have our own minds and are unique individuals, but much of what we think, do and the way we act is massively influenced by our surroundings and the way we were raised. And these are based heavily on the views, customs and social acceptability of different things in the place we live. it can be really interesting to see how differently people think and act when these social customs across the world are different. 

Cuisine- ingredients and cooking techniques

Food is a massively important thing in any part of the world, and when you learn about the cuisine of a place you begin to understand more about the destination in general. Cuisine will be based heavily on ingredients that are local to that place, and cooking techniques often using traditional methods that have evolved over time. The food in a place can also give insight into religion and cultural views as well which we can see by examining what certain cultures don’t eat. For example, Muslim countries don’t eat pork, other places don’t eat beef due to cows being seen as sacred. Have fun tasting and deconstructing the dishes in a place when you travel, understand the ingredients, herbs, spices and methods used- and find out the reasons why. 

 

Native animals and wildlife

Getting to see incredible animals in their natural habitat is one of the most breathtaking part of any trip- it’s these moments that create the best memories. When you’re not used to seeing lions, leopards, rhinos and other huge mammals in the place you live, viewing them on African safari tours and seeing them in the wild is always going to blow your mind. Swimming with manta rays or wild dolphins, bird watching, whale watching and more are all excellent ways to see the wildlife in the places you visit. 

 

Scenery and terrain

Visiting a new destination and getting to take in the scenery and landscapes are another thing that make travel special. From incredible towering mountains to stunning white beaches, meadows and hills or vast deserts, when you’re not used to seeing these kinds of things day to day it can really have an impact on you. Consider the geography of a place, how it’s location affects the terrain and weather. It can be really interesting to learn about. 

 

Architecture and buildings

As well as the natural scenery, seeing man made buildings and architecture can also be really special when you travel. From the leaning tower of Pisa to the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower, there’s a good reason why people flock to these stunning pieces of architecture. If you’re visiting a city, take a look at the buildings- the style of them, the types of builds, even the sort of bricks and building materials used. If you do some research you’ll find out the reasons why which can be really interesting. If you go on a guided tour, these are the kinds of things that you can learn about as you go. 

 

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