The Lessons We Learn Through Travel

When the whirlwind of adventure comes to an end and the dust settles, I’m often left with a new sense of clarity I hadn’t had before my travels. It’s something we hear a lot these days; travel changes you, it leaves you a little different than when you first arrived. 

What is it about travel that leaves it’s mark on us, and shines light to things we hadn’t seen before? I’ve written a list of the lessons I’ve learned along my travels that I’ve taken home with me after each trip.

Moments Are Worth More Than Things, Always

This is by far one of the most important lessons I’ve learned. When I look back on my best memories, I’m never taken back to the countless things I bought in the moment. The cute sandals or lovely dress I bought while on a trip. It’s the nights spent camping with friends, days passed meeting people close to home while thousands of miles from it. The moments shared with strangers,

You Are Not For Everyone

You will have haters. There will be those who don’t support you, and there will be those that simply don’t like you. And that’s completely okay. What matters is how we deal with knowing that we are not for everyone. I’ve always had this desire to please those around me, but I’ve come to realize the stress is never worth it. Find what makes you happy, and pursue that passion without looking back.

You’re Capable Of More Than You Think

There’s nothing like getting lost in a city thousands of miles from home where you don’t speak the language to help you truly realize what you’re capable of. When you travel, you’re solely responsible for yourself. There’s no one else to blame when something goes wrong. I’ve always learned so much about what I can do, and how far beyond my comfort zone I can reach when I travel.

Travel Leaves It’s Mark

No matter where you go, travel will leave it’s mark on you. Comfort zones and travel go hand in hand. You can stay nestled where you feel comfortable and still have a lovely trip. But, there’s something different that happens when you tread outside of your comfort zone. You start to have new, frightening yet exciting experiences that have the ability to transform you.

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.” – Anthony Bourdain.

  • NatalieLeanne

    I absolutely loved this post Diana, I’ve just recently come back from holiday and I feel like its done me the world of good! xx

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Natalie! I’m glad you were able to get out and travel xx

  • This was such a great post. Travelling solo really opened my eyes to so much!

    Danielle xx

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Danielle! xx

  • It looks like you’ve been to some amazing places! Travel definitely does leave it’s mark on you, and learning new things about yourself by going outside of your comfort zone is one of the best feelings ever.

    Rachel |

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Rachel, that’s definitely one of the reasons I love to travel most! xx

  • traveling helps us grow up so much! and yes moments and quality time last forever!
    amazing post Diana!<3

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

    • Diana Maria

      I think so too, thank you Cate!

  • Yes another lovely post Diana! I can totally relate to these, especially the one about being capable for a lot more than we think. This is so true! When you travel you definitely have that responsibility for yourself and also maybe more will to achieve things and push yourself, which is a feeling we can sometimes lose when we’re stuck at home in our routine. This is why we should always travel as much as we can! 😀

    Julia x
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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Julia! I’m glad you’ve learned such thoughtful lessons while on your travels as well, it’s so important to share these xx

  • Shannon

    Another amazing post! I truly enjoy reading you blog and look forward to when you post. Traveling, especially solo, can be such an impactful experience. Would love to see more advice posts about female solo traveling.

    Shann Eileen |

    • Diana Maria

      You’re too kind Shannon, thank you! I will definitely be writing more posts on female solo travels in the near future 🙂

  • Amazing blog post, Diana! Travelling is such a good source of inspiration and life lessons. It definitely changed the way I see the world and helped me to grow as a person with each new trip. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Diana Maria

      It really is, it sounds like you’ve learned from your travel experiences as well. Thanks Leta!

  • Wonderful photos! ❀✿

    Blog de la Licorne

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you!

  • All of these places look amazing, love the photos

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Laura xo

  • Kim

    I always gain so much more wisdom from reading your blog posts! 🙂 And it’s true, not everyone will like you! Someone once told me that what someone else thinks of you is none of your business. And I try to remember that whenever I find out that someone else doesn’t like me. I love that you’ve learned all this from traveling!

    Kim |

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Kim, I think that’s a great statement to live by. xx

  • This was so wise and beautiful to read. Loved every bit of it, and it’s all so true. I’m feeling a holiday soon for me on the horizon <3 xxx glad to see you back writing xox

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Peta, your comments are always so kind! I’m glad to be back 🙂

  • Claudia Felsberger

    Beautifully written! I think a 20-dollar train ticket is such a great investment. Way better than a 20-dollar dress or something similar. 🙂


    • Diana Maria

      I couldn’t agree more Claudia, thank you for reading!

  • #sweetreats

    It seems like you’ve learnt alot of great lessons during your experiences of travelling. The pool you were sitting by looks fantastic.Lessons aside, it seems like you spent a time in PARADISE!!😍😍

    #sweetreats xx

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you! xx