6 Life Lessons That Travel Can and Cannot Teach You

A look behind the romantic travel facade

Jack Krier


Many people romanticize the idea of traveling the world.

That backpacking trip changed my life. I now realize that most people in the world are good.

On the other hand, social media has turned traveling into a public bucket list contest rather than a personal endeavor.

I need to visit landmark X and shoot pictures there. My favorite Instagrammer did so.

In short, many people now have clear expectations when they start traveling.

But how can travel influence our lives in reality? What is the benefit of going on a challenging adventure instead of chilling in a resort for two weeks like the average corporate employee?

As many people are exiting their Pandemic-induced travel hibernation, the idea of going on a “life-changing” trip is popular again.

Having traveled to 50 countries before my 25th birthday and spent the last three years — including the entirety of 2020 — on the road as a digital nomad, here are some of my takeaways.

On this basis, here are six life lessons that travel can and cannot teach you.

Travel cannot make you a different person

The first misconception when it comes to backpacking, digital nomadism — or traveling in general, concerns your personality.

Some people believe that the minute they get off a plane in an exotic location, they’ll magically transform into a different person.

As such, we think that our insecurities, fears, and doubts will be gone once we are in faraway lands.

Let me tell you a little secret. The person who boarded the plane back home is the same one who gets off in Bali, Tulum, or Thailand.

If you are confident and self-assured back home, you’ll take those qualities with you wherever you go. If you’re, on the other hand, shy and full of doubts, you’ll remain that way when you arrive at that Insta-famous location.

Of course, being away from a familiar environment can kickstart your journey toward building new qualities, but they…



Jack Krier

Writer. Photographer. Nomad. I write about entrepreneurship, remote work, and personal growth | All of my links: https://linktr.ee/jackroaming