We thought we would share with you, 12 lessons we have learnt from life on the road. We have just hit the 3 month mark since we quit our jobs, left our home to travel the world, destination Thailand – And what a journey its been! Island hopping Thailand’s South, trekking through jungles and waterfalls in Thailand’s North, snorkelling the gulf of Thailand, Scuba diving the Andaman Sea, eating our body weights in delicious Thai food, and getting lost, as lost as we can in the priceless freedom we have at our fingertips to travel, discover, and experience the world together!
What have we learnt?
Every day is something new
The craziest thing about being on the road, is that you are constantly embracing new situations, new moments, new places – Sometimes things become a blur…..No memory of where you have just been, vague blurs the week before, every day bringing something new. Every new place we visit, we will be nervous if we will like it or not, a week later feeling more than at home, then totally in love with it, then teary when we have to leave again, then all over again! Falling constantly in love then having a bad break up with the place when we have to leave! Travel really is being able to live in the moment, for all it is, then be able to let go at the end (the bit that we keep stumbling on), to move on to your next blissful location, and do it all over again! But what a wild and wonderful opportunity to live life to the fullest!
Every sunset is a chance to be thankful
We have seen so many sunsets! And every one creeps up and overwhelms you just as much as the previous one! Still just as magnificent, but every one so different. The sun becoming the one giant red ball of fire getting swallowed up by the cool calm ocean. Seems to be just as mesmerising every time, as in that moment the world holds still, and gives us the chance to be thankful for the beautiful day, seeing new things, meeting new people, learning something new – When every day is a unique surprise, it really does remind you how much there is in each day to be thankful for!
So many moments that have no words to describe
25 metres under sea level, and see the most amazing majestic creatures of the ocean glide by, or 16 metres above sea level jumping at your own risk, feeling the cool ocean rush across your toes on a 40 degree day, listening to the sound geckos make as they scamper across the roof of your bamboo hut, or listening to a Thai 4 year old running along the street making noises like boo from monsters inc and realising kids noises are universal -Sometimes there is just no words to describe the beauty that can be found in some moments. Just breath it in. Soak it up. And experience it for what it is worth.
The world is a masterpiece, love it like nothing else
Having travelled a mass of Thailand so far, we are seeing that even just in one country, there is so many gobsmackingly divine places out there, and they are all so different. Scuba diving we have discovered that even underwater the landscape can have different terrain, different coral, different fish – all shapes and sizes depending on where you are! Wow what a beautiful world! Over here we are constantly reminded of the opportunity we have to look after this beautiful world mother nature provides, by respecting it – It is easy to notice when swimming that every single plastic bottle, or bag, straws, and rubbish, that ends up in the ocean, permanently pollutes and harms the environment, and the marine creatures in their natural habitat – Every single one of us can make a difference, in making sure we recycle, be aware of our own personal wastefulness, and consumption, choosing to create less rubbish, choosing to create less pollution.
A smile speaks a thousand words
A smile speaks a thousand words – What a blessing this is when travelling! For the record we have learnt SOME Thai, we are still working on it. So for now, when placed with a language barrier, we love that a smile speaks a thousand words, in EVERY language!
Its okay to laugh at any given moment – Laughter has no boundaries!
Laughter is contagious. Just like hiccups. And can suit any moment really! For someone that has the chronic giggles – This has been a perfect way to meet new people, be able to communicate, or just the best way to add enjoyment to every day!
Things aren’t always perfect
As perfect as it is to be on holidays 24/7, we can’t say every moment has been perfect. Spending 100% of time with your loved one on the road, you have to expect there will be one or two arguments. The ones we have had, have not been fun at all, and extra painful as the last thing you want when you are a million miles from home, is to not be getting along with the only one in the world you have left! (in close radius). Out of that 100% of time spent together, perhaps there is 2% of time, we can put aside to spend alone, just for ourselves. Maybe, 98% is a little more do-able. I’m sure we will find a good balance, its good to figure out a way that works best for every couple I suppose!!
Its okay to be scared of new things, the bravest part is trying the new things!
Becoming more of an “adult” age, I’m just not as daring as I was when I was young! The whole bungy jumping, sky diving things I’d give a miss! However Scuba diving I find amazing, and just can’t pass up – Although it is something for a long time I did find scary! Anyway I do feel brave every time I go diving, and its something I get more and more confident at each time – The best bit when trying new things is the thrill of the experience, the enjoyment you get out of it, and the sense of achievement when having completed it! Conquering your fears!
Life is short, live up big
Life is short, live up big! Time is a whirlwind. Having reached the 3 month mark of our trip, we are realising just how quickly it is going. Just how fast time is. And just how short life is! Make sure you live up big, coz every moment is worth making count!
New friends are waiting around every corner – So many new faces with beautiful souls.
Across the other side of the planet, having left behind so many (fricken awesome) friends back in Australia, we really thought we had enough friends already….Can you ever have enough? Life on the road gives you opportunity to meet such a huge zodiac and array of people, with stories from all across the world. It opens your mind to learning about all different cultures, places, and reassures you that the majority of the people on this planet are actually pretty decent!
Once an Aussie, always an Aussie
Besides the fact that no one can understand a flippin work we ave to say over ere – As Aussie’s we stand out like sore bloody thumbs, fair dinkum, but don’t get your knickers in a knot, we are 100% living up to our name! We are always the last ones to leave the party, the first ones to chuck (Shaun!) and the only legends dancing on tables no matter what having a rippa of a time!
Never give up believing in the power of your dreams
Waking up each day to the sound of the ocean splashing against your doorstep, or climbing to that perfect mountain top, to get the best view – it is still something we feel lucky for everyday! Having left our jobs, homes and families behind to travel the world, it is something we never REALLY thought we would be doing, but it all started with a dream. Never stop dreaming – coz anything you set your mind to, you can make happen!