I’ve long believed travel to be one of the best instructors in life lessons. Whether positive or negative, different locations can leave a lasting impression and teach you something you might not have previously known, either about the destination or yourself. Here, in order of when I first visited them, are a few things I learned from the first ten countries I’ve traveled to.
This post needs a bit of a different introduction. Back in 2010, I took an unusual trip – I went to Massachusetts to meet in person two guys I had become best friends with from an online writing forum and had known for five years. That trip ended up having a different outcome than I had originally expected in that one of the guys – Steve – and I discovered our feelings for each other were actually much deeper than friendship. Thus began a roughly 2 1/2 years long distance relationship. While it ended due to issues I won’t get into, I’m relieved to say our friendship survived, so I have no qualms posting about this trip.