You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace. – Frank McCourt
A Passion For Learning
I grave learning new things. When I’m not learning, I feel like I’m stagnating and slowly dying inside. I was lucky to grow up alongside a Grandma who had a big passion for education and learning new things. From a very early age, she instilled an attitude of continuous learning, teaching me the critical importance of investing in my mind and new experiences. Every week I’d go to her house and sit amazed in front of her humongous book shelve. I’d sit for hours and read books on anything from astronomy to psychology.
I had an intense desire to learn and learning became second nature. I am extremely grateful for the impact Nana Sally’s life had on me and now i want to explore the importance of learning and growth.
The Importance of Learning
I believe in the power of learning and think that improving ourselves by investing in our minds is an investment for life and one of the best things we can do as human beings. Learning is a life-long process, and education does not have to finish as soon as you graduate from university. In an ever-changing world, your mind is your most important asset, and to take advantage of new opportunities you need to be continually learning and pushing new boundaries.
Experiential Learning & Travel
Learning can come in all shapes and sizes, but I think the most powerful form of learning is experiential learning, or more simply put, learning through experience. Unlike learning by reading, writing or watching something, experiential learning has a lot more potency because it involves using all five of the senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. And to take this one step further, when experiential learning is combined with travel, it introduces potential to accelerate one’s learning.
Travel is a platform which gives us the opportunity to experience the extremes of all of our senses – everything is new, ambiguous and novel.
What You Can Learn On The Road
Here’s a few ways in which travel is great for experiential learning:
- Dealing with different languages and cultural differences.
- Interpersonal skills and meeting people from all over the world.
- Organisation and financial skills.
- Learning independence and to look after yourself.
- Self-awareness, using time to reflect and learn more about yourself.
So if you are an experiential learner and you’re proactive, why not get out there and take advantage of the world, using it as a playground to test, experiment and expand yourself.
Start asking questions such as:
- What purpose can i take with me while i travel and how can i make a difference?
- What do I want to learn?
- How will I finance my trip?
- How can I combine my passions with travel?
- What new things could I learn on the road?
- How will travel improve me as a person?
Like any experience in life, travel is what you make of it and you’re free to take any path you like.
It’s clear that the combination of travel and experiential learning can be very powerful indeed, and with the right mindset can accelerate learning.
However, whether you are travelling or not, the most important thing to remember is never stop growing, learning and investing in your mind.
Thanks for reading!
All the best,
Dan Beaumont, 27th March 2017
About the Author
Hello everyone, I’m Dan – a 28-year-old social entrepreneur and writer from the north of England, living in Bucharest, Romania. I’m currently writing my first book about my 4-year journey around the world seeking wisdom and life-lessons from everyday people I met hitchhiking and Couchsurfing.
I discovered that travel, if approached with the right mindset, can be life-changing, and a trip combining travel, purpose and introspection is a great way to learn, challenge oneself and change for the better. Now my mission in life is to share what I’ve learned to inspire others to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and use travel, entrepreneurship and technology as a means to make the world a better place.
I’m also the founder of Podstel – a vision to help humanity belong and grow by creating a worldwide network of ‘homes’ that bring locals and travellers together to share their stories, passions and skills. The first two Podstels are open and thriving in Bucharest, so if you’re passing through, be sure to come and say hi, or stay the night with us.
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