Seven lessons from visiting 72 nations

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There are some things that are best taught – or learnt as the case may well be – outside the classroom. With that in mind, Global Degree have set out on the ambitious journey of stepping foot into every country in the world to eventually graduate with their “Global Degree”.

Not for the faint-hearted, or necessarily an adventure that would be on everyone’s bucket list, they have recently published a video featuring seven life lessons learned from visiting 72 nations in three years. A personal experience from one of their travellers, the video is aimed at sharing life lessons learned with those who have not necessarily travelled or don’t see the need to.

The seven lessons featured are:

  1. life is short
  2. go against the herd
  3. embrace the unknown
  4. trust in your own path
  5. dream big ask for help from others
  6. people are good everywhere
  7. you are the creator.

Featuring a quote from Steve Jobs and some incredible travel footage, each point is expanded on during the three-minute video. With the common thread of living your life to the fullest, following your dreams and trusting in yourself, the video seems to encourage viewers to restore their faith in humanity and the world.

While arguable, not all of the lessons require travel to be learnt. It is difficult to deny that these seven learnings are good to remember as you go about your daily life.

With a further two years to finish the 195 countries, it will be interesting to see if the seven life lessons imparted above still stand at the end of the Global Degree journey.

Do you agree with the seven lessons shared? What life lesson has travel taught you?

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Total Comments: 11
  1. 0

    No. You need to live in a country to understand the people. the culture, the climate, the terrain, the flora and fauna. You need to study their language and their history. Only then can you truly say you have visited their country. Anything short of that and you have learned nothing. Just a tourist passing through.
    At least you have contributed to their economy and I sure they would be grateful.

    • 0

      lol Yes Rosret you are very nearly right there. i don’t think you have to study them too hard, but yes learn their language, and find out how they survive, this can certainly teach you many things.
      and i’m sure they do love you stopping by and contributing to their economy. for in some they only have shops for tourists where they hike the prices up willy nilly.
      That was an eye opener for me 🙁

    • 0

      Given that the stated aim of Global Degree was simply “stepping foot into every country in the world” I would suggest there was no intention of learning anything and thus they have succeeded in their mission so far.

  2. 0

    Without knowing something about the country, it’s people, customs, history, etc before visiting you may be missing out on a LOT when you are there.

  3. 0

    Maybe if I had a famous name my journey might be different but I found in my travels that people only want to know you if you’re buying something or paying for something or contributing to their cause and that people are trying to survive by what ever means they can lay their hands on. For people to act out of their goodness of their heart without any ulterior motive, mmm not sure where you find them. I’m always glad to come home.

    • 0

      Dee I am sorry you have had this experience. Most of my memorable travel experiences have been when I get off the “beaten track” and talk to the locals, talk or play with the children, visit a school for example. Sometimes all it takes is to walk up a side street away from the main tourist track.

    • 0

      Yes Dee, I agree with Rusty …and you.
      Being with a tour group gives you security but you will meet only those people you mentioned.
      I remember arriving in Hawaii and all I wanted was to give my children some vegetables with their dinner. We went into an expensive restaurant and waited an hour and half for the “vegetables” by which time my little ones had fallen sound asleep in their chairs.
      If we had just got off tourist row, caught the free town bus out to a suburban supermarket we could have bought the veggies and been home for sunset.
      That’s when I learned that travelling as a tourist needed a lot of research first.

  4. 0

    The first – life is short – is not just related to travel. It is a hard-learned lesson on the death of a loved one – so live every day to the full! Life is indeed short – live well, laugh often and love deeply.

  5. 0

    Some good insights. I would have thought #1 and #7 were a bit contradictory – you don’t have complete control.

  6. 0

    The most influential person you will speak to all day is you so be careful of what you say to you….

  7. 0

    PLENTY to see in Australia, and you’ll get plenty of lessons too….. Centrelink have lots



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