Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tyla's Friday Five: Reasons why traveling is the greatest thing you can do.

Before I met Ty she had just spent 2 years in London traveling around and just being fabulous. I had spent those 2 years mucking around at art school being confused. I do wish I had done what Tyla did instead of rushing into a degree I wasn't sure about. But I don't really have any regrets either, I learnt a lot at art school, even if it was just learning what I didn't like. Lol. Anyway here's what Ty has to say about her wonderful experiences traveling...

x M

When I tell people I had an extended gap year (read: two years) overseas most people are curious, asking lots of questions and generally really intrigued and impressed. Often though, there are people who struggle to understand why I didn’t go straight to Uni, why I wasted those two years when I could have had my degree by now. In all honesty, going straight onto study after high school just wasn’t even an option for me, I'd had my heart set on London and Europe since my second trip there when I was around 13, and while I will graduate Uni two years after most of my friends, looking back now it was the absolutely best thing I could have done for myself.

Here are five reasons why traveling is the best...

1. It forces you to meet new people and make new friends:

It’s actually really hard to make friends when you’re not in a university/school or work environment. One of the coolest things I did while traveling was staying at hostels. I’ll be honest, I was initially very apprehensive, for some reason the idea of sharing a room and bathroom with nine other strangers didn’t particularly appeal to me, but it was amazing! First of all most hostels are crazy cheap, a huge bonus when traveling, plus they’re full of really cool young people that you would have never meet otherwise. You arrive in a country alone, knowing nobody, then you leave with all these new amazing friends. SO COOL!

2. You will learn a lot (especially about yourself):

It recently occurred to me that I have spent an equal amount of time at Uni as I did traveling and while I understand that they are in two very different things, I feel as though I learnt a trillion more life lessons and so much about history, culture and real life by exploring the world. It sounds really cheesy, but when I came home I was a totally different person. Maybe not enough for most people to notice, but I felt different. A good different, I was no longer afraid of certain things and was far more confident in myself. Things that had scared me before weren’t an issue anymore, suddenly the idea of moving up to Auckland and into my first flat seemed like a piece of cake. I mean I had travelled to foreign countries alone after all.

3. You will have great stories:

Like when I rode camels in Marrakech, or the time I fell asleep in a curry shop in Brick Lane after one too many pints. Or when Vic and I paid for an extra night in our hotel in Paris and a very expensive EuroStar back to London just so we could go to Disneyland (greatest decision ever FYI), or in that same trip where we found ourselves in a very near real life Taken situation in the early hours of the morning along the Champs-Élysées. Travel stories are the greatest, especially when you've got someone to share them with.

4. The food:

One of the greatest ways to immerse yourself and learn about a culture is through food. And who doesn’t love to eat? Sip on Moroccan mint tea in Marrakech, eat croissant’s under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, paella in Barcelona or stroopwafels in Amsterdam. Wherever you are lucky enough to travel to, embrace it entirely by eating and drinking like the locals do.

5. It connects you to other cultures:

New Zealand is such an amazing country, and traveling abroad taught me that there is no other country I would rather call home. But we are so unconnected and isolated to the rest of the world. There are so many amazing countries and cultures out there to be explored. I could share more stories or describe the city of Venice and its beautiful buildings and historic sites to you, but you really have to see it for yourself to experience it. Instagram does it no justice either, no matter what filter.

T xx