10 Things I Have Learned From Traveling

November 25, 2017

As the year is coming to an end I have been thinking about everything I have learned this year and how my life has changed. Obviously the biggest learning experiences have come from travel. So here are 10 things that I have learned from traveling this year!

1. The world is a small, small place. It's funny being in a country that you have never been in before and feeling like you aren't too far from home. While we were in Thailand we ran into a man wearing a Boise State hat. I automatically thought that he must be from Idaho so I went up to him and asked. He replied in a very thick German accent saying that he was actually from Germany, but has a friend that lives in Boise and he has been to a football game on the blue turf! We talked to him and his wife for a while and ended up exchanging emails, and making plans to meet up in Germany. It was so funny to me how small the world seemed and it was a true example of how we can connect with anyone from anywhere.

2. Europe and Asia have the most amazing airports. I'm talking high-end mall looking airports. I remember Donald Trump saying that America has the worst airports on earth. And that is one thing he is actually right about. The craziest airports we have been to this year were the Reyjavik Iceland airport, and the Bangkok airport. Reyjavik has crazy technology and architecture making you feel like you are in a futuristic world. I remember washing my hands in the bathroom and thinking "Wow this is the coolest bathroom I've ever been in", and it was in an airport! The Bangkok airport is incredibly clean and full of high end stores. The entrance has Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and tons of other stores. I'm not sure who's shopping there while waiting for a flight... But somebody is!

3. I know you have heard me say before that we want to adopt from Thailand someday, and here is why. After spending 2 months in Asia we absolutely fell in love with the people and had started talking about it. We spent our last day volunteering at a Children's Home which sparked my interest even more. While at the home I learned that they currently host over 500 children, and this at only ONE Children's Home. Each country has multiple Children's home throughout the region full of kids that may or may not be given a home. Later I found out that out of Thousands of kids, only 15 a year are adopted from the entire country of Thailand. From Cambodia there are 10, from Vietnam there are 20, and I think you get the picture. This was so eye opening to see how great of a need there is for adoption in these smaller countries.

4. The world is actually a very safe place. Growing up I feel like I always learned that the outside world is dangerous, use the buddy system, and never travel alone. To an extent I still think this is true. But while I have been roaming the streets of Europe or Asia in the middle of the night.... I have never felt so safe.

5. Jet Lag is a real thing. If you remember us first leaving the US... We went from Seattle to Iceland to London to Bangkok all within 72 hours. I got to a point where I was falling asleep without being able to control it. I have never had such a thing happen to me! Thankfully Gavin has super power abilities to stay awake because I would've ended up passing out in the street if I was by myself!

6. Americans are inferior to the rest of the world. Here is why. While traveling to different countries I have seen people go from speaking English to Spanish, to French, to whatever else like it is nothing! The rest of the world is fluent in at least 2 languages. While our high schools in America require 2 years of a language... We don't actually learn anything. These people are bi-lingual from the time they enter school. It is so amazing that they can connect with so many different people because of it!

7. How to roll with it. Going into a trip we always expect to have everything work out perfectly, and if it doesn't we are suddenly stressed out and panic. One of the biggest things we have learned is to just go with the flow. If our bags are lost... Eh we'll get them back eventually. If our flight is delayed.... Eh we can go explore the airport. If we end up walking 6 miles in the heat and then find out we could've taken a free shuttle (true story by the way)... Eh at least we got some exercise???? Life and adventure is so much more enjoyable when you are worry free.

8. 3rd world problems are more devastating then I ever thought. Next time my phone is dying or I run out of milk, I will never complain again. I have watched families living in one room with kids, aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents. I have watched mothers mix flour and water on a stove on the floor to feed their baby. We are so privileged and spoiled in our lives and tend to think about all the negatives in life.

9. How to live in the moment and unplug from the internet. While traveling and not having phone service or any tie to the internet (unless finding wifi) it has made me appreciate real life more and live in the moment. The months that Gavin and I had together with no phones or internet are days that brought us together and made us learn more about ourselves and each other. Now if only we lived 100 years ago and I could keep it like that forever!

10. My favorite eye opening experience of all. While in Thailand we met a man named Bobby who had lived in the USA for 20 years and just come back to live in Thailand again. After talking with him about the US he gave us his opinion on Americans. He said "American's think that they have the best lives and are the happiest people on earth. They think that everyone would love to have their life and live in America. But if they traveled to a small place like where we live, they would see that we are so much happier then they are. And we have nothing and don't know any different. We are just happy." My mind literally exploded thinking about how many people only travel to resort destinations. They never go to the small villages and see how people live. The people in the small villages of Thailand are the nicest I have ever met. And definitely the most happy.

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and got to spend some quality time with their loved ones❤️ This Monday we are doing a Cyber Monday Sale for our eBook on How to Start Traveling. Stay Tuned!

November 15, 2017

122 Comments

  1. Camille

    November 25, 2017

    Loved reading about what you’ve learned this year. So proud of you guys for not being afraid to try new things and explore the world. Love you both!

  2. Anonymous

    November 25, 2017

    great blog

  3. Anonymous

    November 25, 2017

    That’s very impressive work you have done and very good information you have gathered. very nice!

  4. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 26, 2017

    Thanks! Miss you and love you!❤️

  5. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 26, 2017

    Thank you!

  6. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 26, 2017

    Thank you!❤️

  7. Anonymous

    November 26, 2017

    Great insights Kels! I’m glad you’re learning all of these things and connecting with the human family across the globe. There is much for which to be thankful. Most of all are those friendships and relationships we have.

  8. Tamy

    November 26, 2017

    Awesome Kelsey! By the way, i missed you at thanksgiving!!! I️t looks like you are doing great!!! Hope to see you soon!❤️

  9. Jennifer

    November 27, 2017

    I love your reflections on lessons learned from traveling. I was blessed to make several trips abroad a few years ago before I got married. I feel that nothing else could have altered my world view quite the way travel did. Looking forward to more entries. 🙂

  10. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 27, 2017

    Thank you! That’s awesome that you could have those years like I am. Life changing for sure!❤️

  11. Pavel

    November 27, 2017

    Oh, we are so spoiled. It is ridiculous! Somewhere there a child needs to walk 5-7-10 milew to get fresh water and in the west John is complaining he didn’t get enough cream on his crapochino. We are so bloody spoiled. Halfway through my project I not only wanted to give people the curious part of the history but also make then realise that they have nuch better life than their grandparents and make them understand it.

  12. tonyhiroaki

    November 27, 2017

    Amazon blog 🙂

  13. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 27, 2017

    Thank you❤️

  14. TracyNicole

    November 27, 2017

    Loved the insights! I discovered how efficient my husband is at reading maps when we went on a cruise to Canada in Sept. and had no cell service to use the GPS – it was a fun challenge! Sometimes it is nice to be able to disconnect from the world and use your brain and bond together!

  15. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 27, 2017

    I agree! Now I’m addicted to traveling places with no phones or internet. I love it!

  16. forfatterwannabe

    November 27, 2017

    Loved this post👌 I love to travel as well and I do belive that travelers are more openminded and know that there are so many great people everywhere❤ I am a Norwegian,but lived in Minnesota for å year (many years ago) You should visit Norway if you havent already🇳🇴

  17. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 27, 2017

    Thank you! We want to go to Norway soon! We might do a trip there when the weather gets relatively warmer.

  18. michaeljw79

    November 28, 2017

    The country I feel farest from Germany is strangely but indeed the UK as so many things, as the aura, that I like, the housing, the landscape, the weather and the people there is all more alien than Mexico for example. There you still have the one glass window or the two water taps like, sometimes just cold water-at least at service stations at the motorways- comes out and, with regards to the evil imperio and their people who support it, it is the people in the UK who presume their country to be the best wordwide! They are right but only when it comes to them as they are really soo kind. The country, on the other hand, is many (!) decades behind Germany, even Mexico or Poland! Concerning airpots, when it comes to me I like old, maybe even run down airports, that have history and not all the modern stuff where one looks like the other. You still find them- not in Poland, all is modern there, more than in Germany- but in Colombia. With regards to the imperio, they love to send people to the scanner, which is not the case in the EU or Latin America. The world might be safe, but there are countries where you should not walk alone at night. Most are in Europe, Latin America and never walk alone in American cities. I sometimes got a free shuttle by the flight attendands. Things I had to say..

  19. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 28, 2017

    Great insights! Thank you!

  20. cynephilia

    November 29, 2017

    Hello Kelsey, I love your 10 things you learned while travelling. Travelling is definitely the best way to learn about life, the world, and the beautiful people in it, everywhere. And YES, you were right, the world outside “home” is actually very safe and full of hospitable and nice people, who want the same as we do – a decent place to live, safe for the family, love and respect and kindness, and especially for their different religion if they have one. I am a lot older than you, but I still travel the world a lot, (I’m a Sagittarian, so I just can’t help it, Also because my son, wife and 2 grandchildren live in Belgium, My son’s wife is Russian, so last year I met them there in the capital city of Siberia for a month there and some time in Moscow together. As I used to live in Java, Indonesia, ( it was a wonderful contrast – the cold, I mean.) Russians are wonderful, and they are NOT anyone’s enemy. I see you are American, so although I am aghast at Mr Trump, most of the time, I DO appreciate his wish to “get along with Russia and try to solve the world’s problems together”… as he has said. That is a VERY good idea. Thank you for enjoying my review of the film about Balinese children, immersed in their own culture, which is particularly beautiful.
    Cynthia

  21. Kovas Palubinskas

    November 29, 2017

    “3rd world problems are more devastating then I ever thought.” I try so hard to instill in my kids how great they have it, but I think it’s something you have to experience to really understand.

  22. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 29, 2017

    I agree! I wish every person could go on a humanitarian trip or something to see it💔

  23. Michael

    November 30, 2017

    This is 100% true, all of it. I’ve been home barely a week from an overseas trip and many of these thoughts crossed my mind then and still now. Shame on me if I ever forget them.

  24. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 30, 2017

    Same! Thats why I had to write them down!

  25. LivingOnTheDiagonal

    November 30, 2017

    Great perspective. Love your attitude!

  26. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 30, 2017

    Haha thank you!😊

  27. Louise_IJpelaar

    November 30, 2017

    Heya! Cool topic, something different, and so true! Traveling does make you aware of the world being not big at all, but still so many differences. Crazy right?

  28. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 30, 2017

    Thanks! Yes it’s so crazy and life changing!😀

  29. sorrygnat

    December 1, 2017

    Lovely blog; my husband and I lived in Ukraine and Belarus; so many Americans are unaware; but we will become so; hardships don’t stop at our shores; and we are tried by same. best of luck

  30. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 1, 2017

    Thank you! and what a cool experience!

  31. haisacalatorimsite

    December 1, 2017

    Great perspective! I was smiling when reading no.7. Many years ago I was very sad if it was raining during my holiday. Now It doesn’t bother me, so I can find other things to do. Very good post!

  32. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 1, 2017

    Thank you so much! Glad you feel the same!😊

  33. Silver Screenings

    December 2, 2017

    I agree with you re: the world being much safer than we may think. I used to be horrified at the thought of a woman travelling alone, but I’ve done a little of that myself and had great experiences. (Not to mention the interesting people you meet.)

    Liked your description of the bathrooms in the Reyjavik airport. I’m going to do an online search of them! 😉

  34. campnatural

    December 3, 2017

    Great post! I have always felt you never can truly see or understand where you live until you have spent a fair amount of time away. And how the world can seem so big, and so small like you mention, at the same time amazes me.

  35. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 3, 2017

    Thank you! I completely agree with all of that!

  36. BC

    December 6, 2017

    I like your blog because you like my blog

  37. Neelamma Neeraj

    December 6, 2017

    Very interesting write up.

  38. No Compass Wanders

    December 8, 2017

    I just came across your blog and I love it, btw! And this post is spot on…I especially like # 7 about learning to roll with it. What a great reminder to have that kind of approach to travel! It’s so easy to, when you’re traveling, want everything to run smoothly, but it usually doesn’t work out perfect, there will always probably be some kind of mishap, and that’s okay!

  39. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 8, 2017

    I totally agree! Thanks so much for reading. I’m glad that other people feel the same!😊

  40. rjctdprnczz

    December 10, 2017

    Interesting post! I love travelling too though I don’t get as much opportunity as you do. Thanks for reading my page and liking two of my posts. 🙂

  41. vagabondurges

    December 10, 2017

    Essential lessons, one and all! 4 and 8 in particular are good ones to hold close (and spread far and wide among the folks back home!)

  42. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 10, 2017

    And thanks for reading mine! Keep it up😊

  43. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 10, 2017

    I agree!😊

  44. thequestionablejourney

    December 10, 2017

    Amazing post, absolutely love seeing people grow!

  45. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 10, 2017

    Thank you!❤️

  46. Mohammed Hajjar

    December 12, 2017

    Very inspiring piece. I love how you think about other countries. Having lived in many countries such as the US/Canada/France/Italy/Saudi Arabia/Lebanon I can relate to what you said, specially when it comes to the language: in a minute I can flip between 4 languages. :). Keep writing, love your style.

  47. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 12, 2017

    Wow that’s amazing! I’m still working on my second language… but at least I’m trying haha😂 Sounds like you’ve had your share of adventures! Safe traveling to you!

  48. Lijo Abraham

    December 13, 2017

    Too good to read about your experiences. You both are stunning.. Keep up the good work..

  49. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 13, 2017

    Thanks so much Lijo!

  50. orvillewrong

    December 14, 2017

    A very interesting post!

  51. thane62

    December 14, 2017

    Wonderful–and I fully agree with everything you’ve said. (and thank you for commenting on “Two For The Road”!) .Well, actually, jet-lag never bothers me, so I’m lucky in that respect. I’m older than you (62 now) and have travelled internationally since I was 21, but most has been in the last half of the span. Fell in love with the kids (never gave a hoot about them before) in Asia—particularly The Philippines (great people there) and Indonesia. The airports! ad train stations, too–America is more 3rd World in that department than us brainwashed Yanks realize. Have you been to Singapore? The airport is so cool you almost want to just stay there. Nepal is amazing (NOT the airport in Kathmandu, however). For me, the be-all,end-all is Africa, and the right safari/s—the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and the Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania are life-changers. Cape Town! Almost always feel safe (I stay ever-watchful): only in India did I feel iffy—there’s more danger going to a 7-11 in America than in most of the places I’ve ventured to abroad. No phones and Net–darn right: leave the technology in the pack–going to some exotic locale at the end of the earth and taking selfies of each other instead of looking at whats around you? How insane–and disrespectful is that? Miss the news–and you miss nothing but lies and carnage. I read your post this morning–and now I’m fired up to head out—I think it’s Colombia next time. Really like your site–you guys seem like great people. Cheers, Mark (as in MoviesalaMark, he added)

  52. comeawaywithme.wordpress.com

    December 16, 2017

    What an amazing lesson for all people!
    I agree with the ten commendments of traveling you wrote down.
    All people are friendly when you’re friendly: anyone who travels sometimes on his own knows that. We’re all the same on this small world and please let’s do our best to save it before it’s too late…

  53. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 16, 2017

    Yes I love that! Thanks for sharing!

  54. thewonderer86

    December 19, 2017

    No. 4 is my favourite. The vast majority of people in the world are just normal and nice. Travelling always makes me feel this. You could include the English in no. 6!

  55. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 19, 2017

    Yes I agree!😊

  56. jveeds

    December 19, 2017

    Great job on this.

    #4: Relative safety: Agree (with qualifications of course). Interestingly, I felt a lot safer on the streets of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia than I do on American streets where mass shootings can seemingly occur anywhere from an elementary school to a nightclub.

    #6. Languages. While it’s true that Europeans and Africans (e.g.) are fluent in more languages, let’s not forget, the languages change every few hundred kilometers in some areas so it’s not like they’re just more cosmopolitan. Imagine driving from Arizona to Utah to Ohio to Pennsylvania and having to deal with four different languages (not to mention Pittsburghese on its own).

    #7 Rolling with it. So true. Remind yourself to have a few essential items handy in case bags get lost, keep your pockets/purse secure (I had my backpack pickpocketed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square…but really, it was my own dang fault for not securing it better) and when you’re in a public square in a crowd, don’t pat your money pocket. The main thing though, in my humble opinion, is “don’t give up” when you find yourself in a jam. I got off my shuttle at the wrong airport terminal building with little time to spare and somehow hitchhiked to the correct terminal in time to get my flight. It doesn’t always work, but until you see that airplane/bus/boat actually taking off, you may still be able to make it.

  57. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 19, 2017

    I agree fully! Thanks for the commenting. I love to hear other peoples points of view!

  58. benleander

    December 20, 2017

    There’s a ton of stuff to learn from traveling! I know, I did too. But I never realized Europe’s airports are that great – I’m used to it! haha

  59. johnpersico

    December 21, 2017

    Great pictures and adventures. Your photography and style is wonderful. John

  60. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 21, 2017

    Thanks John!

  61. smurfie77

    December 22, 2017

    It is wonderful that travelling has opened up your mind and given you such intercultural awareness.

  62. catblog618

    December 23, 2017

    Thanks for your like of my post, and for following my blog. Please keep up your good work, and have a very Merry Christmas.

  63. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 23, 2017

    Merry Christmas to you as well!

  64. catblog618

    December 24, 2017

    I am very happy for you. Please let me wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a very prosperous new year. It is wonderful having such a good friend as you.

  65. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 24, 2017

    Thank you! Merry Christmas to you as well!

  66. catblog618

    December 24, 2017

    Thanks for being so nice.

  67. fantasystoryfairy

    December 27, 2017

    What amazing lessons you’ve learnt! Clearly you’ve grown as a person and I am so glad you shared such valuable information with us! All the best!

  68. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 27, 2017

    Thank you so much! I feel blessed for sure!

  69. Mo Davies

    December 28, 2017

    Very much enjoyed reading your post – good to see you exploring places in depth rather than landing “on” a nation for a holiday without exploring the people and places. I know that II feel uncomfortable when I look at high-end hotels in places of contrasting poverty. I stayed once in a village in the jungle in Thailand where the poorest people were amazingly hospitable, kind and friendly. That experience has stayed with me all my life – not what we have in material possessions but the wealth of a loving heart.

  70. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 28, 2017

    I totally agree! The people of Thailand are amazing. We won’t ever forget our time with them❤️

  71. Dan Coughlin

    December 28, 2017

    I loved your top 10 things learned from traveling. I especially liked your comment on living in the moment, and unplugging from the Internet. When my crew is hiking we very rarely have phone service. So aside from snapping pictures of hiking highlights, my phone stays in my pocket. We enjoy the fresh air, (you can not snap a picture of fresh air ), the beautiful mountains, and the flora and fauna, (or the white stuff this time of year in New York )

    With the shorter days, and the colder temperatures, (7 degrees fahrenheit at the end of our hike today, with a wind chill of -20 at the top of my mountain ), many people are cloistered in their homes, dealing with cabin fever or depression. The remedy of course, is to find an activity that will help you forget those winter blues.

    You don’t have to be a champion downhill skier either. Although downhill skiing equipment is expensive, you can pick up a cheap cross country ski set and be gliding across the snow in no time. If walking is your thing, a pair of crampons can be as cheap as $60. There are also cheaper versions of ice cleats, but you get what you pay for. If the snow is shin-to-knee high, then you’ll need to invest in snowshoes. Sam’s Club was selling them for about $75.

    Regardless of your winter choice of activity, the idea is to stop living through your devices, and start living in the moment. Besides, why should you settle for someone else’s version of beautiful that you see on the net. Go find your own version of beautiful. Then share it with those less fortunate.

    Thanks for sharing your travel insights. I’m glad I turned on my device while warming up for my next adventure.

  72. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 28, 2017

    Thanks Dan for you’re comments. It sounds like your adventures are inspiring and an amazing journey. Good luck to you in your travels, and stay warm!

  73. Rise and slay

    December 29, 2017

    Great , amazing blog

  74. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 29, 2017

    Thank you!

  75. abigailblanchegreen

    January 3, 2018

    What a great post! Numbers 6 and 8 in particular made me smile 🙂 #proudlysouthafrican #humblybilingual #thirdworldcitizen

  76. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 3, 2018

    Thank you🤗

  77. wrendursteler

    January 6, 2018

    Hey Kelsey! Just wanted to stop by and say that I love your blog. One of my focuses this year is to spend more time with my blog and reading your posts and finding your blog has been a huge inspiration. I hope you guys have a great year with a lot of travels! 🙂

    Wren

  78. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 6, 2018

    Thank you Wren! That is super motivational to me to hear! Good luck with your blog this year, you’ll kill it!😀

  79. Christopher Lindsay

    January 6, 2018

    Great post on travelling, and lovely photo!

  80. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 6, 2018

    Thank you!

  81. drdeepakmathur

    January 8, 2018

    Very informative article.

  82. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 8, 2018

    Thank you!

  83. Marian

    January 8, 2018

    Wow! I have such great admiration for r you ! Reach for your dreams. See the 7 wonders and all the rest. And record your every moment. I am an older person still stretching out there to achieve all my dreams. It’s never too late. But the world is huge (and damaged) so there is always more to see and more to do. Let us all do what we can to preserve this wonderful heritage for more than just one generation…

  84. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 8, 2018

    Well said Marian! Happy travels and adventuring to you!😀

  85. Gabriel

    January 8, 2018

    Amazing photos and i like your blog!

  86. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 8, 2018

    Thank you!!

  87. Ritchey Brown

    January 8, 2018

    Great blog! I like what you said, that people in other countries, don’t necessarily want to be here. I have lived in several countries, including what use to be called Belgium Congo, when we were there in the 60s. There were no stores or TVs or phones. I was a child and all we had was our imagination, and those were some of the best years of my life! Although since then I have found out how dangerous it was out there, and still is. I loved it out there though. I think there are a lot of people here that have so much that are not near as happy of some of those people that have so little.
    It is great to travel and see how other people live and learn other cultures. It gives you a whole new outlook on other people and makes you more objective.
    God bless you and your family.
    Ritchey Brown

  88. Ritchey Brown

    January 8, 2018

    I also wanted to mention that you have a fantastic website, with all the different parts and resources! I was looking at some of the air fare flights. I was hoping to find a cheap flight for me to fly over to Switzerland again to visit my mom. Also my wife has never been outside the US, and I know she would love Europe. I miss the hiking and skiing in Switzerland.

  89. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 8, 2018

    Wow such an incredible story! Thank you for sharing. I primarily use skyscanner to find all of my cheap flights. Hopefully you can find one and take the wife abroad! You will have to take her skiing in Switzerland and sky over into Italy. That way she can check off two countries at once. Happy travels to you and your family, and many blessings ahead!😀

  90. ARYK

    January 14, 2018

    Really eye opening! You give some great insight, wow!

  91. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 14, 2018

    Thank you!

  92. Anand Bose

    January 15, 2018

    Interesting travelogue. Very ornament-ally written. Anand Bose from Kerala

  93. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 15, 2018

    Thank you!

  94. Greg Taniguchi

    January 15, 2018

    Yea I’m always shocked about how small of a world it may seem like, and i was just talking about that yesterday with some friends from out of town. The chance encounters you have can be so crazy like being sat next to a high school classmate while we are both on vacation.

  95. She Said What

    January 16, 2018

    Great thoughts!:)

  96. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 16, 2018

    Thank you!!

  97. lori

    January 16, 2018

    HI Kelsey,
    I wanted to thank you for stopping by and liking my blogpost today. Still new and learning my way around in here. haha I thought the secret to a happy life is having a dog, but you seem to live a secret to happy life without one? More than 1 secret to a happy life…I am so glad to discover that here on your page. 🙂

  98. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 16, 2018

    Haha wishing that I had a dog! I ask my husband to get me one daily. But need to stop traveling so much before we get one. Keep up the great work on your blog!

  99. mrgtucker

    January 18, 2018

    A very interesting list, number 7 was my favourite. If more people followed that advice, not only in travel situations but throughout life in general I think the world would better place. Great post.

  100. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 18, 2018

    I agree! Thanks for reading.

  101. SoLynnish

    January 18, 2018

    Kelsey, as a former flight attendant/airline coordinator, I can’t even express to you what an amazing place you have here! What a beautiful, informative read! Keep traveling and exploring both above and below the earth! Blessings! -Lynn

  102. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 18, 2018

    Thank you so much! I’m sure you have so many experiences yourself that have changed your life with that amazing career. Warm wishes to you❤️

  103. Ellen Hawley

    January 19, 2018

    Interesting observations.

  104. ExpeditionAnderson

    January 19, 2018

    I sometimes get so caught up in my own blogs and busy schedule I don’t get to read as many of these as I would like. This one just had me hooked from the very beginning. My takeaway.. something I am all too familiar with from my own crazy travels… most of us in the US have life so so easy compared to others. I wish everyone could travel and see what life is like for others and appreciate what they have that much more! Awesome blog

  105. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 20, 2018

    Thanks so much! That means a lot from a fellow travel blogger. The best decision I ever made was to move out of the US for the time being and experience the world, I totally agree with you. So eye opening!

  106. Jennifer Blanchette

    January 20, 2018

    Luv your post! As a traveler myself I’ve come to realize the best education comes from the places we go and the people we meet along the way. Thanks for sharing Kelsey!

  107. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 20, 2018

    I totally agree! Thanks so much❤️

  108. Travel Often

    January 20, 2018

    Your post here hits home. It’s sincere, raw, and heartfelt. Traveling does give you a different perspective on things. Continue to enjoy your travels while sharing your awesome experiences.

  109. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 20, 2018

    Thank you so much! That means a lot!😊

  110. ourneverendingwanderlust

    January 21, 2018

    Love this list! Jetlags are the worst! When I came home after living in the states for a year it took me forever to get back on my regular schedule

  111. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 21, 2018

    I know right! It’s such a weird feeling!

  112. ronandsashka

    January 22, 2018

    I enjoyed reading this your post particularly. You described the essence of traveling. Not everyone notices small things on travelings, much less they learn from them. You should pin this post in your travel category. 😉
    Sashka

  113. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 22, 2018

    Haha yes I should! Thanks so much!😀

  114. livevigorously

    January 25, 2018

    Great post! Yaaaas, totally agree -the best / most valuable aspects of traveling can be summed up in 2 Ps – PERSPECTIVE & PEOPLE. I remember returning from my 1st trip abroad leaving Vienna airport (museum quiet with classical music playing) and landing in LaGuardia New York airport and being horrified by the screaming, swearing Americans. Yikes, I thought, what a shock to the system and I’m from the States. I also found the people of Thailand charming, kind, gentle and respectful without exception. We can learn a great deal about civilized behavior from 2nd & 3rd world countries…Ps. Thanks for like on my “Go take a hike” post!

  115. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 25, 2018

    I totally agree with you! Thanks for reading and keep up the awesome work on your blog!

  116. SmuleIndiablogteam

    February 3, 2018

    Kelsey you are amazing and loved this blog

  117. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    February 3, 2018

    Thank you!

  118. kpopjacketlady

    February 3, 2018

    love your advice. I’ve been to dozens of countries and have learned something from every one of them. (Plus learned a lot about myself.) I see travel as the thing that connects so many of us, if only everyone had the chance to do so.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  119. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    February 3, 2018

    Thanks so much! Love your words about this!

  120. Mahmoud Ismaills

    February 5, 2018

    I LOVE THIS BLOG

  121. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    February 5, 2018

    Thank you!

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