10 Pinays On The Most Valuable Lesson They Learned From Traveling

'Kindness is understood by everyone.'
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Travel is like a classroom without walls. We learn so much from each place we visit, whether locally or internationally. We asked 10 twentysomething Pinays about what they’ve learned from their travels so far.

Always learn how to say hello and thank you in their native dialect. It's the easiest way to break any wall of foreign hostility or simply making locals feel that you appreciate their country. You'll find that they'll be more eager to help you and you'll always leave their presence in good spirits. –Nicole, 21

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Respect. When you're on someone else's turf, it's only proper to do things their way. And this is the sort of thing you take home with you—that there are so many ways of looking at and living life that it is pointless to be rude because to someone else, you're wrong. –Dani, 26

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Our problems are so small when you compare them to the rest of the world. –Nicole, 23

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Connect with people. That has definitely been the most valuable lesson for me. I've met a lot of people during my travels (hostel owners, bus seatmates, street food vendors, tour guides, fellow travellers—you name it) and I've noticed that the best moments of my travels are when I'm able to have a genuine connection with someone. This usually happens when you are kind and friendly to everyone you meet. Doesn't matter if you guys don't speak the same language—kindness is understood by everyone. –Ginelle, 25

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There is something about traveling that makes you learn more about yourself that could make you want to be a better person. It makes you more aware of your own imperfections and makes you think of ways to attack it and change it. –Reann, 26

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Courage. [I’m braver now because I’ve] stepped out of my comfort zone.
Dana, 22

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Kindness is a shared language and it’s an underrated currency of exchange that helps make the world go round. –Cat, 27

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Learning to love my own culture. Being able to learn how a different community lives can give you a new vibe that you don’t usually get from your own. Sometimes we think that a country is somehow better because of the way they live and act and so we try to copy them, but what we don’t realize is our own traditions is what other countries usually look for and actually adore when they’re in the Philippines. –Jessica, 22

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Traveling has taught me to be more independent [and more] respectful [of] diversity. –Melanie, 25

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The “lesson” that I learned from traveling to other countries isn’t necessarily something new. You learn in school that different countries have their own culture and traditions and that these things shape the personalities of their people. But until you visit another country, all that learning just feels theoretical, the people feel theoretical. When you finally travel to that country and interact with the people, you have this altered sense of being, like who you are in relation to the world changes. Your world gets a little bit bigger and smaller at the same time. I’m not sure if that makes sense to anyone else. –Clarisse, 26

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