All my life I have been emerged in numerous cultures. Being half Russian- half Indian, I was born and raised in Moscow but I was always a part of the Indian community starting from family traditions, schools to friend circles, on top of that I have had the unique experience of travelling the globe and now I am pursuing my life in a beautiful city of Vancouver. So I truly consider myself blessed to be an International Identity.
My passion is learning about life through traveling and exploring new things. It delights me beyond belief when I get to visit new places, learn about various cultures, and see other people living a life that is so much more different from mine. I just love to travel because it makes me realize that the world is so beautiful and there is so many things to treasure and admire. Furthermore, I love the feeling I get when I explore new histories, ideas, and sceneries. It not only increases my knowledge, but also helps me overcome problems that I am dealing with. I get to encounter life’s worries and happiness, and rise above my personal bubble to become a better person through exploration and diversification. Finally travelling is my passion because it’s something that I am not certainly afraid of pursuing. I learn more about myself and expand my horizons every time I travel. I believe that traveling is something you can’t learn in a classroom.
“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education, in the elder, a part of experience.”
My parents have been and still are ardent travellers, and I am highly grateful that they have provided me with this chance to travel. I have been to about 50 countries and counting, touring around the Mont Saint Michel in Normandy to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The map below highlights the places I have visited and at the same time shows how much more there is left for me to explore!
So here is a little insight as to how the world has impacted me through travelling and how it has enlightened and educated me shaping myself into who I am today.
“Travel has a way of stretching the mind.” – Ralph Crawshaw
First of all, travel has opened new doors for me. It has helped me think outside the box and enriched my overall world wide knowledge. I am certainly not an expert on every country or region, but I do have a decent overview of most parts of the planet. I could name the capital city for just about every country (after all, I’ve probably been there). Visiting different countries does not only broaden your mind but also teaches you how to cope with different situations. For example, when you have to get to the train station or you get lost. Reading a map is a skill which you can easily master. But what is more to that you will be able to meet a lot of different people and in that way you will improve your communication abilities.
“Those who live see. Those who travel see more.” – J.R.R Tolkien
Travelling provided me with lots of interesting and useful information, which I would not otherwise have learned. When you are abroad, it is important to engulf yourself in sightseeing like visiting some museums and old historic landmarks. This will help you get a better understanding of the cultures and customs of the other countries. Also taking a stroll amidst the streets while travelling can introduce to you the ordinary everyday lives of the people. For example, while travelling to cities in Europe like Madrid or Paris, I noticed how carefree people are, sitting during the mid-day in restaurants enjoying a glass of wine, in contrast to cities in Asia where people are always in a hurry or engaged in some sort of activity. In addition to learning about the traditions and rituals of other people and obtaining a great deal of knowledge, travel also teaches adaptability.
I will say that travelling can drastically change your viewpoint about the world and give you wonderful experiences, which you will never forget.
One irreplaceable feature of travelling is that its revitalizing. It lets us disconnect from our regular life, move aside all our tiring daily responsibilities and allows us to focus on yourselves for a while. And when you return back you feel refreshed and regain the energy and motivation you lost before you left. It’s a great source of reducing tension and stress.
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
Since I’m still young, I’m on this constant quest where I am discovering myself and currently I am at the stage where I’m adjusting to my university life and preparing for career, so I believe traveling has made me more open minded and less inward looking. There are many different perspectives, beliefs and hues in this world, you just have to choose your own. And although traveling hasn’t changed me into a completely different person, it did help me grow. The more I travel, the more I grow and learn about myself.
Another important way that travel has impacted my life is that it has brought me courage. I am a worrier by nature, even when everything is going well. Through travel, though, I learned that things will turn out to be okay—and even when they won’t, I can keep making progress another way. Travel is truly a test of a person’s fortitude and patience. We had our fair share of fun with missed flight, damaged suitcases, lost tickets and being robbed in the city centre. These are just some of the numerous unforeseen incidents along the way, when you travel but at the end of the day, these stumbling blocks will also teach you how to improvise, so you can survive, as you deal with these unfortunate circumstances. Facing and working through these trials will help you to develop your organizational skills in such situations. Ultimately, it will unbind your inner explorer, as well as help discover a ton of hacks that will be serve you in your daily activities as well. Travelling also includes a lot of waiting, say in lines, for flights, at restaurants, this teaches you to remain calm and be patient in all situations.
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
Traveling around the world and seeing people in all sorts of situations has also taught me a very important value of gratitude. It has helped flourish a much more positive outlook on my life. I feel like nowadays people don’t truly appreciate what they have or own until they travel somewhere and are faced with abject poverty or unpleasant conditions, or to a place where people don’t have the same level of freedom as we are blessed with back in our home countries. That is where I consider myself lucky, and I don’t think I wouldn’t have ever realized that without traveling wide and far. I dote on friendships a lot more, whether it is home-grown or formed in travels. It’s indeed a huge wide world, and all we have in it is really each other.
On the other hand, I have also learned to hold in esteem my home land. There are more cultured, much more modern or even more picturesque places than my native country, but I cherish it nonetheless, and wherever the road takes me, I will never forget my home roots.
“Travelling- it makes you speechless at first but then it turn you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Although I am very introverted and not much of a public speaker, I have learned more or less to interact with people as much as possible during my travels. A simple hello or thank you can encounter on a special connection. Even just asking a question could create a unique moment. It’s beguiling and scary at the same time when you arrive to a country that doesn’t primarily speak English. You have to figure out how to get around the place without getting ripped off. You learn that if you don’t step outside of your comfort zone, you will be stuck. This applies same way in life. If you want to make changes and chase dreams, you will have to constantly test the limits of your comfort zone.
“Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaine Lyn Beatty
Business is also all about being international, so being blessed enough I had a golden opportunity to travel to many foreign countries throughout my life and have became preeminent in foreign languages. I have a solid background in the English, Russian, Hindi and I also know a little of French. I intend to meet new people from other cultures to improve my interpersonal skills.
Also I believe by integrating my passion for traveling, with work and meeting new people is a valuable experience that will teach me maturity, to be self-sufficient and other important social skills. I believe that the versatility and expertise you gain from traveling abroad can give you life-long personal benefits as well as huge advantage in the professional world.
“To travel, to experience and learn that is to live.” – Tenzing Norgay
Here are some of the experiences I have enjoyed the most during my travels-
Of course there is no more delicious meal than the one made at home but there is something unique about tasting a typical local dish from a different country. You don’t know what sushi tastes like until you’ve travelled to Japan or even Vancouver stands for #2 destination for Sushi because of its availability of fresh seafood. Trying different street food for example in India is the type of experience you’ve never had before even though it could lead you to a hospital bed for a couple of days. All the flavours are different and unique in their own way. And despite being Indian and being blessed with such an amazing cuisine filled with variety of species and tastes, but I still find it fascinating to try new food. And I feel the best way to learn about a place is to eat your way through.
The advantage of traveling to a new place is that sets you mind to think differently and encourages you to face the unknown. Even if you live in a large metropolitan city, just an ordinary weekend hike to the mountains could make you feel much better. Adventures might be frightening, but on the contrary, you will realize that these are the best decisions you ever made! And I am still looking forward towards bizarre experiences like skydiving or bungee jumping or even Go Karting in Tokyo.
Even though we all have social media and internet, meeting and building connections during travels is something I have grown to be fond of. And obviously it is very to maintain a long lasting relationship with the people you meet abroad, its still worthwhile meeting new people around the globe!
Another thing I really like is how travelling gives me an excuse to learn a new language even it is just a few words. Once I am affiliated with the new destination, it is surprising how fast my language skills develop with everyday interactions. Even by mastering a simple ‘hello’ or ‘how are you’ shows your efforts and locals really appreciate that. I have learned simple phrases of more than 10 languages and I am extremely proud that. I also feel like it helps master a language you are learning and not only you get to practice it but also you get exposed to the accent, slangs and the local use of that language.
Natural beauty is something that will never stop amazing me and I feel like by understanding the majesty of nature we will be able to solve most of the issues of the world today such as climate change, air pollution and global warming. When we completely realize what we are going to lose due to our misdoings, then solving these problems will be much easier.
Finally the most important aspect that traveling teaches you is about yourself. I have talked about how it teaches about history, politics, language but there is definitely much more to that. It helps you unwind your true potential and makes you realize the things that you really enjoy and what really matters to you. You discover your true inner persona.
The most important aspect that I learned is that if you really want to grasp opportunities and pursue dreams, you will have to push yourself out of the periphery of your comfort zone. So if I stayed in my loci of comfort, I wouldn’t have the courage to encounter my university life in a country which is half a world away from my home.
Finally the major conclusions I derived from my travelling experiences are
1) There is more than one way of doing things
2) Everyone just wants to be happy
3) Things normally work out
4) The overwhelming majority of people are nice and trustworthy
I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to have such wonderful memories and stories of all these places. I dream of more places like those! They were all times of being with my family and whatever mishaps we would have during the journey, at the end of the day, all the experiences were worthwhile. Thanks to globalization, the world has never been as closely connected as it is today, there are still places that are even unknown to the average tourist. Setting up a list of places you want to visit is something I find very exciting to do. I am currently creating my very own bucket list, and I feel like I will never see the end of it, with all these enchanting destinations.
There was a place I saw from one of the puzzles my dad collected and I have spent 3 years researching about its whereabouts. And after a couple of wrong guesses, we finally reached the destination and the feeling I got was as if I conquered Mount Everest. Travelling has provided me with experiences and feelings that no other thing has done to me. The places was magnificent. Here is how it looked
And now my dream destination is Lake Louise in Alberta which I will definitely cross off my bucket list this summer!!!