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Why It’s Amazing To Date People Who Love Traveling

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Why It’s Amazing To Date People Who Love Traveling

Traveling can be one of the most freeing experiences. It comes with potential frustrations, too, and enough uncertainty to frighten even the most daring of us. As we age, it becomes increasingly difficult to find time, money and openness of mindset to travel. Thankfully we find inspiration from others to do the things that bring us joy. Dating a traveler may be your ticket to a reunion with that free-spirited part of you.

Consider yourself fortunate if you find love with a traveler, because being in relationship with such a free-spirit comes remarkable perks. In addition to having a motivational travel buddy, you’re given the opportunity to revisit important life lessons. Your traveler will likely reconnect you to values such as open-heartedness, self-reliance, trust and gratefulness you may have lost sight of.

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Travel lovers are more receptive to people and experiences.

Adventure out of your familiar social network and neighborhood, and you expose yourself to new people with life perspectives different from yours. Even if your journey is across town to a new coffee shop, you’re bound to see new faces. Now, imagine how much newness you’d undergo if you traveled to Asia or Africa. An experienced traveler who regularly experiences new cultures and cuisine has interacted with people from various demographics. Their openness will rub off on you, if you’re open to it. It can be refreshing to date someone who sees beyond stereotypes to get to the individual. Your travel lover will be seeing you in this loving light, too.

Travel lovers embrace change. The love the fluidity of life.

Any seasoned traveler will have survived at least one nightmare at the airport. They’ve probably had food-poisoning, had various plans canceled due to inclement weather – the list goes on. Life happens. Travelers have intimate experience with change. Certainly, it can confound the most patient of us when our plans are changed by powers outside of our control. But traveler who love to travel don’t let the inevitable disappointment stop them from adventuring out. More often than not, it’s the unexpected that motivates them. One canceled flight may lead to the most advantageous experiences.

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If your romantic partner is a traveler, you’re in for a ride, a particularly romantic adventure. That cancelled flight may lead to a spontaneous night under the stars, or at an international hostel. From there, you may meet another traveling couple with whom you could become friends. The point is that your traveling partner goes with the flow. They welcome change. You will share experiences with them you never would otherwise.

Travelers are self-sufficient and independent.

No matter how free-spirited, the individual who has sojourned in a foreign country has learned how to take care of themselves on some level. Even if they went through a travel agency to plan their itinerary, these travelers have developed goals and plotted out the steps needed to get them to their destination. Given that all travel adventures come with unexpected changes, the traveler will have had to problem solve, compromise and prioritize. In a way, traveling works to expedite the process of growing up.

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Your future lover is already an independent soul. You won’t need to coach them or hold their hand with each new dilemma. We are always on the path to greater self-knowledge, but your traveler date has acquired insight into their strengths and weaknesses through the trials that come with travel.

Travel lovers are dreamers.

It takes curiosity and the belief that the world has more to offer to get us out the door. Travelers are seekers by nature. They aren’t okay with the status quo. For example, they may have been told that Paris is romantic city, but they need to test that out for themselves.

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Some travelers find their inspiration from childhood dreams. Maybe they decide to travel to South America as an adult because they’ve always wanted to see where the favorite animal, the Three-Toed Sloth, originates. Still others long to see where their ancestors come from.

Dreams entice the traveler to get going, and the beauty and wonder they encounter perpetuates this cycle. Their thirst for the new drives them to continually explore. If you join them on their journey’s, you can expect to benefit from their appetite for life.

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Travel lovers have gratitude for themselves and others.

At the end of the day, or the end of a trip, the traveler acknowledges their thankfulness for what they have. Even if they’re journeying through affluent countries, the experience of uprooting themselves from the familiarity of the everyday to see something new has a way of putting things in perspective. They love what they have even more. They may come to this realization through some profound experience such as seeing first-hand the impoverished populations of India, or simply by having to sleep in a different bed.

Your journey-seeking date may have developed a greater sense of appreciation for others by having to rely on strangers to help them navigate a foreign city. There are any number of pathways that may lead an individual to a deeper appreciation for themselves and the world. Of course, traveling isn’t necessary to connect with this life wisdom. But if you are dating a traveler, be prepared to discover that their gratitude grows and deepens which each adventure. Be open to the gifts they have to offer. Dating a traveler can rejuvenate your capacity for adventure and enthusiasm for life.

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Last Updated on January 27, 2022

5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

Food is a universal necessity.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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