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  • Hey guys it's Theodore here, and in this video we're gonna be doing something

  • a little bit different. First of all as you've probably already noticed

  • it's gonna be animated in a different style. Yusuf is my animator and he's been

  • animating a ton of past videos on the channel and he's learning a new style.

  • So, let me know at the end of this video what you think of it.

  • Secondly, the title of this video is what you learn traveling around the world.

  • However, I haven't traveled the world yet one of my writers Megan has though.

  • Megan is an absolutely great writer and has been on the team for about a year.

  • She's been freelancing online while being a digital nomad all over the world,

  • and well, I'll just let her tell you. Hey, my name is Megan Watzke, a traveller writer

  • and yoga teacher from Philadelphia. I just got back home from

  • over a year abroad and wanted to share a few insights for people who might be

  • thinking about long-term travel. Here's a quick background for you.

  • After a three-month backpacking trip through Europe I decided that I would

  • save up some cash and take the plunge with the digital Nomad lifestyle.

  • After six weeks of backpacking through Asia with my best friend, I began freelancing

  • and decided to move to Australia for a year on a working holiday visa.

  • Between the time that I left home and the time that I got back, I spent 16 months

  • in eight different countries working in retail freelancing and exploring the world.

  • My journeys are far from over but I thought it would be a good time to reflect on

  • what I learned after a year of traveling. So without further ado here's a sneak peek

  • of the knowledge and skills you might gain after a year of traveling the world.

  • Lesson number one just getting around. Sure there are a lot of

  • wanderlust e elements to traveling the world but unless you have quite a bit of

  • cash, I did not, you will have to do a lot of travel on your own and when it comes

  • down to it, travel requires a lot of life skills that you have to sometimes

  • develop on the fly, pun very much intended. One of the most daunting parts

  • of traveling is physically getting from point A to point B. So you've flown into

  • the Kuala Lumpur Airport, now how do you get to your hostel? You're ready to move

  • on from Kuala Lumpur and you've heard about a cool island called Langkawi,

  • what do you need to do to get there. Google Maps has become my best friend abroad,

  • whether I want to walk the night market or take a metro to my hotel.

  • Other travelers and locals are also great resources for the best ferry companies

  • to book with or whether the train or the bus is the easier option

  • Nowadays we also have a lot of online resources including blogs.

  • They give you all the information you need to get where you need to go.

  • Public transportation can be daunting but it's a heck of a lot cheaper than taking

  • ubers or taxis everywhere, again learning how to figure out train schedules

  • or where to buy a bus pass are pretty crucial life skills and when you get home

  • everything else seems less scary. If you can navigate the city of Vienna

  • with a metro system that is entirely in German

  • you'll feel pretty confident that you can do just about anything.

  • Lesson number two, there are so many wonderful people on our planet.

  • When I think about my favorite cities, I think about Edinburgh, Brisbane and Penang.

  • And Edinburgh, I was able to check out the Fringe Festival and the beautiful architecture

  • But my favorite memory from that city was running into friends that I had met in Ireland,

  • and taking a spontaneous trip to an art museum with them.

  • Brisbane doesn't have the top tourist attractions in Australia but I was able to form

  • very close relationships with friends and musicians that I met at shows.

  • I visited Penang three times with three different groups of people. Every time I had

  • Wi-Fi problems and I had trouble working, but every time I could always count on going

  • to Love Lane and introducing my new friends to my favorite bartender who

  • always greeted me with a big smile. Bucket list items and beautiful sights

  • certainly give you a reason to visit a new country or study, but often it's the

  • people that you meet that will help you create warm and fuzzy memories of your travels.

  • And night in with hostel roommates laughing over a cheap box of wine

  • maybe just as special as seeing ancient temples in Thailand or holding a koala.

  • Lesson number three you don't have to travel solo. Let's go back to talking

  • about life skills for a minute. I spent a majority of my 16 months

  • abroad quote unquote alone. I say like that because,

  • although there were many moments where I was alone on different tours or traveling

  • different cities there were also many times when I spontaneously traveled with

  • people that I met on my journey. I bought a car in New Zealand with a girl that I

  • met in Malaysia the two of us traveled from the North island to the South island

  • with a crew of boys that we met along the way.

  • After that I arrived in Melbourne by myself but I left with three of my

  • roommates as we took a road trip up to Byron Bay. Back in Europe I went to a

  • music festival with a friend from college and a guy that she met on reddit.

  • I'm not kidding and we all traveled through Poland together.

  • You'll be surprised so how easy it is to meet and become friends with travelers

  • while you're traveling solo. When I arrived in a hostel in the Cameron Highlands

  • I walked to a group of guests and asked them what they were doing for dinner.

  • A few days later I took a bus to Penang with three of the guys from the hostel

  • and then continued on my travels to Langkawai with one of them.

  • Are you nervous about traveling solo? Don't worry, you'll find that

  • before long you'll be begging to get some alone time.

  • Lesson number four you'll be surprised at what you're capable of. I remember sitting in

  • a hostel in Bristol trying to build up the courage to go downstairs and meet new people.

  • Fast-forward to my time in Byron Bay when I departed for my friends and

  • craved some time by myself. I walked into the lobby of the Byron hostel and told

  • myself with full confidence I'll just make some friends when I feel like it.

  • In a year of travelling, planning trips, navigating the world, meeting new people

  • ,and crossing items off of your bucket list you come a long way. I worked and

  • lived in a working hostel in Melbourne where many travelers began a year-long

  • journey through Australia. I watched travelers who were 18 or 19

  • apply for and get jobs, travel a new country, and figure out taxes in a

  • foreign place. My road trip buddy in New Zealand hadn't owned a car before a trip

  • much less knew how to jump-start said car when she discovered the battery died.

  • Don't worry we figured it out. When you travel for a year you have a lot of

  • opportunities to face your fears and challenge what you believe you are

  • capable of, and now that I'm home I can reflect on those opportunities and

  • ask myself what's next. So as we in this video let me know what you think of this new

  • animation style and also check out some imagines adventures on her

  • instagram below. I hope you guys enjoyed this video.

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    Liang Chen posted on 2019/04/08
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