Travel has taught me…

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Thanks to Amy, I was brought back to the recent travels that I had, to the future travels that I am planning and even to the time that I never thought that I could travel.

When I was in my twenties, I dreamt of travelling the world. But because I lived in a third world country, travelling remained just that…a dream!

I was a late bloomer and I just discovered the joy of travelling when I was in my 40s and migrated to Australia. But even then, my first travels were to the places that my kids would enjoy…theme parks usually. Only in my 50s did I really open my eyes to the beauty of the world around me. Only then did I know too what “wanderlust” really feels and that is what I want to do right now.

Yes, I haven’t been the same…having seen the world from a different perspective. Travel has taught me …

… that the little things can sometimes be the most priceless.

So maybe it is not the castles or the botanical gardens or the astronomical clocks… but it is the walking a different path that took me to this walkway… and that made the experience even more memorable.

… that it is exciting to make friends out of strangers.

Being out and about and being on tour for 23 days can be exhausting, but if you have a bunch of happy and funny people … it will make all the big difference.

… to taste and enjoy different food from different countries

Some food may be surprisingly so delicious but others would not be in accordance to our taste buds but it is good to try them anyways.

… to learn about people’s different cultures.

… not to be frustrated easily

When the weather didn’t go your way and things happened beyond our control… we just had to suck it up.

And lastly, travel has taught me…

… to be more appreciative of the people that helped us make the most of our trips.

Sometimes or often times we take for granted the people that help us out in our journey, most especialy the tour directors, local tour guides and the coach drivers.

Or even the gondoliers that took us safely throuh the zigzag waterways of the canals. Or those that did delicious meals for the river cruises.


  1. restlessjo says:

    Kind and beautiful thoughts, Teresa. Happy February!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Jo.

      1. restlessjo says:


  2. Alison says:

    You write so well Teresa, such an interesting experience of travelling

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh noooo, I don’t think so. Writing is not one of my best qualities 🙄

      1. Alison says:

        You’re too modest ..I always enjoy your posts and never get bored

        1. Teresa says:

          Oh yay….thanks so much my friend 👍🏼

  3. Sofia Alves says:

    Simply wonderful.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks much Sofia ❤️

  4. Amy says:

    Beautifully expressed, Teresa! These photos tell wonderful stories of your travel experiences. I agree, it is not about gardens, castles… more about people, culture, and friendship. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Amy, my pleasure to share ❤️

  5. JohnRH says:

    Wonderful thoughts and photos. Excellent.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks John!

  6. A 23 day tour! It’s not for the faint hearted. But you seem to have enjoyed it, rain or shine. Loved the photos

    1. Teresa says:

      It was tiring but a lot of fun indeed. But that was about 5 years ago, I don’t think I can do it now.

  7. strafari says:

    Your post is really inspiring. Sometimes it’s good to remember everything travel teaches us about life and the world on a daily basis. It’s so gratifying!
    All the best,
    Stephanie and Jerome

    1. Teresa says:

      So true…thanks for stopping by, Stephanie and Jerome. ❤️

  8. Wind Kisses says:

    My favorite line was: you can make friends out of strangers. SO true! And yes, it downs indeed teach us resilience. The umbrella photo was perfect. lol. Donna

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Donna for stopping by!

      1. Wind Kisses says:

        thank you for your lovely blog.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for the reblog.

      1. My pleasure✨

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