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life lessons learned traveling, part ii

Posted Jan 02 2011 12:45pm

Happy twenty-eleven friends!

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter (or read my last post ), you know that I’ve decided 2011 is going to be OUR year. As hokey as it may sound, I’ve learned we need to put positive thoughts + affirmations out into the universe to make them happen. So I figure let’s just put them out in the universe as many times as we can – can’t hurt, right?

To ensure I travel as much as I can this year, I figure it was time for another installment of life lessons learned traveling.

This time: Italy.

It’s the place where I gained 15 pounds studying abroad. The place that utterly astounded me with its rich history. The place I fell asleep at the dinner table after imbibing too much house wine. The place I would gladly return to over and over and over again.

Public drinking fountains in Italy are completely safe. But Thailand , on the other hand? A completely different story.

Choose your travel companions VERY carefully. Just because you’re friends, that doesn’t mean you’ll be good travel buddies. On the other hand, just because you’re good travel buddies doesn’t mean you’ll be friends in real life.

Luckily, I have perfected the art of choosing.

Marvel. Always, always, always take as much time as you want to marvel.

Befriend everyone you meet. Minus criminals, skeevy men trying to sell you fake designer purses and gypsies who steal freshly-baked baguettes from your purse; connecting with people has been made every travel venture worth it. Plus, you’ll most likely get free drinks, fantastic dinner recommendations and your picture up in random restaurants around the world.

You are stronger than you realize. Traveling can be scary. It pushes you beyond your limits of comfort – forcing you to act, eat, barter, interact and communicate in ways you’ve never before. I’ve missed flights, had near death experiences, become lost in foreign cities and been forced to watch a 50-something creepy German lady’s personal fashion show in a hostel in Austria.

But ya know what? It’s the BEST thing I’ve ever done.

Even us ice cream fanatics reach a point of gelato overload. Sad, I know.

Interpretive dancing is completely acceptable in city squares across Europe. Not just Italy. I swear. I am a trusted expert on this.

Travel more. How else am I going to keep on enjoying stunning views such as this?

What is one positive affirmation YOU want to put out in the universe this 2011? Sharing is caring…

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