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12 Reasons Why People Who Travel Are So Endearing

12 Reasons Why People Who Travel Are So Endearing

We all have that one friend that has been almost everywhere in the world (7% in reality, but it is more than you have seen). They are the one who has awe-inspiring experiences that makes you glad that they are your friend. Ever wonder why they are so endearing? Here are 12 reasons:

1. They are fearless.

It takes courage to take a leap of faith and step outside of your comfort zone. They are not afraid of picking out a few phrases each day and trying them out. They aren’t afraid of trying new foods and making new friends.

2. They have an open mind.

They are open-minded when it comes to understanding why people are the way they are. They do not turn up their nose at different countries and their traditions. Instead, they embrace it and are fascinated when learning about traditions that are passed throughout the generations.

They see it as something special and will want to take the traditions back home with them.

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3. They are spontaneous.

They are usually the friends you go to when you want to have a great time. They are the ones who live in the moment do it enthusiastically. There is never a boring moment when hanging out with them.

4. They will always have great food suggestions (no matter what you’re in the mood for).

It doesn’t matter if you are in the mood for Chinese, Filipino, Mexican, Indian or any type of food at all. They will likely have a suggestion and an excellent one at that. They know you and they already know what the food tastes like, so more than likely they will pair you with a meal that will become an all time favorite!

5. They have excellent stories.

There are nights where you can just sit in a pub and listen to the hilarious stories they have about meeting different people around the world. They tell them with such passion, you can’t help but listen. They will tell the story and you can almost see yourself standing there in the city center of Brussels enjoying a chocolate truffle and a cappuccino.

6. They are great listeners.

In return, they are great listeners because they have to be. Being in a different state, country or continent, they need to listen actively. They have to pay attention when someone gives them directions about either the local culture or when they are being told about the landmarks.

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They are always there to swap stories with you, as opposed to only talking about their own travels and adventures.

7. They have confidence in themselves.

They have confidence because they need to have it. If they didn’t have it at first, they faked it until it became authentic. They realized that trying to speak another language does not get you anywhere unless you speak up and say it with confidence.

More than likely, they have been corrected many times and are now proud that they can get it right. They walk with confidence because they have more experience than the majority of people out there. Why? Because they took the steps to make it happen. Traveling is not just for the rich and they are living proof of that.

8. They will send back cool postcards and souvenirs.

When they travel, they will always find something cool to send back to their friends. They send you postcards  and trinkets to keep. And maybe if they love you enough, you will get one specially post marked from the post office in a place like Vatican City.

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9. They appreciate the little things.

In this day and age, it is pretty hard to impress people. Those who travel are great because they see beauty and appreciate the little things in life. They appreciate a sunset because not all sunsets look the same.

They have experienced getting their breath taken away from architecture and they love the feeling. They have sat and slowly enjoyed cups of coffee on early morning strolls through the streets of Seattle.

10. They are okay with not having a plan.

They can tell you of countless times they were lost looking for a landmark and stumbled into a hole in the wall place that served the best tacos. They can tell you they have walked in circles around Brussels city center because their GPS was looking for the English translation of a particular street, as all of the streets are in French.

It doesn’t matter to them at all because they are okay with not having a plan. They believe it leads to great stories to tell down the road.

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11. They have a great attitude.

No matter what, they have a great attitude about life. People that travel have problems of their own. After all, they aren’t robots without feelings. The only difference is that they don’t let their problems consume their life. They have seen a little bit of the world and realize things can always be much worse.

12. They will inspire you.

They inspire you to be more positive in life and to have hope. The more you hang out with them, the more you develop your own wanderlust. They inspire you to get out there and embrace the world as it is.

Featured photo credit: Travel Plans/ Connor Bleakley via flickr.com

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Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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