Around the world
It's amazing how the extensive travellers manage to keep a humble attitude, and not to brag about the places they have seen or visited. They would share their adventures or knowledge only if asked. Most of these travellers that I met were very friendly, open-minded, spoke one or two languages (other than English) and had a reserved attitude. All of them were great listeners and showed interest in learning about others, which denoted their humbleness.
I always loved to spend time in the company of such people, because there is a tremendous amount of things to learn from them. The stories they have to tell are unbelievable, almost mesmerising.
For example, yesterday, I met a couple from Ohio, who was touring the world. They spoke to me about their last year's journey, when they drove all over Africa. They started in South Africa and they made their way up North, all the way to Morocco. It took them six months to cross the continent. Six months of driving and sleeping in a tent. A fabulous tent, by the way! I have seen only in movies this type of tent, which you can install on top of your jeep. By being placed up, it offers protection from the wild animals and wildlife. My new friends said that they slept more than once with lions circling around their Land Rover. They added that the smell of gas and exhaust coming from the car was keeping the predator’s way.
Now, they were planning a new journey. Within a few days, they will fly to Argentina and start a new adventure. They had shipped their car in advance, a few months back. Their new
Itinerary included all South and Central American countries, with a small exception. They mentioned that they would not pass through El Salvador. I agreed with them, because I heard lots of stories of people being kidnapped for ransom, or about robberies at gunpoint.
During our long conversation, I couldn't help myself and asked them what they were doing for living. They didn’t mind me asking at all. Jonathan said he owned a cnc cutting company, and his wife Jen, she was a writer.
On the other hand, there are people who went once or twice abroad, and they would bring it up almost in any conversation. I personally find it amusing. I mean it in a good way, because there is always hope for them. After couple of more trips abroad, hopefully their eyes would probably open and they would be able to see more.
I always thought that being exposed to other cultures and environments than your own, changes you. In most of the cases, you, the traveller, adapt to the environment. You embrace the new ways of dealing with things, and this enables you to know yourself better. You test your patience and you learn your limits.