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31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World via Buzzfeed

31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World

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1. You learn how much unnecessary stuff you own when you attempt to pack it into a reasonable, movable state.

You learn how much unnecessary stuff you own when you attempt to pack it into a reasonable, movable state.

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2. And when you’re forced to get rid of some of it, you realize what is truly important to you.

*This process is particularly traumatizing if you’re a book lover.

3. You learn that somehow, every country in the world gathers to play football for a month, but we can’t all agree on one type of electrical plug.

You learn that somehow, every country in the world gathers to play football for a month, but we can't all agree on one type of electrical plug.

4. So your entire home is littered with adapters, which are your new life support system.

5. You realize that while you thought you possessed a general understanding of money, you actually only understand value in your currency.

You realize that while you thought you possessed a general understanding of money, you actually only understand value in your currency.

6. So, depending on where you’ve moved from and to, your constant conversions teach you how rich or poor you actually are.

31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World

7. As much as you may have cursed and loathed it in the past, you learn that Google Maps is a godsend in an unfamiliar city.

As much as you may have cursed and loathed it in the past, you learn that Google Maps is a godsend in an unfamiliar city.

8. In fact, the internet in its entirety is a lifeline.

31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World

9. You learn that absence makes the heart grow self-aware.

31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World

It teaches you which of your relationships were most meaningful, and which ones were simply based on convenience and proximity.

10. To keep up the former kind, you get really, really good at constantly doing time-zone calculations.

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11. And you learn, quickly, that conventional sleep schedules are a luxury afforded by people whose loved ones all live in one time zone.

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12. All the mundane things you take for granted about a place become the things you miss the most.

All the mundane things you take for granted about a place become the things you miss the most.

13. Even if you’ve never, ever realized it before, you’re suddenly aware 24/7 that you have an accent.

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14. And a couple of months after moving, you learn that it’s subject to change.

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15. The things that stay constant from place to place – even if you didn’t love them before – are now havens of comfort.

The things that stay constant from place to place – even if you didn't love them before – are now havens of comfort.

16. You learn that a house is not a home until it has Wi-Fi that automatically connects.

You learn that a house is not a home until it has Wi-Fi that automatically connects.

17. And a bed you look forward to sleeping in.

31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World

18. You learn about the universe of free international calling/messaging apps that exist for vagabonds like you.

31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World

19. And, very soon after, you learn their limitations.

And, very soon after, you learn their limitations.

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20. You learn that the most important words to learn in any language are “I don’t know how to speak this language.”

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21. And, tied for a close second, are: who, what, when, where, and fuck you.

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22. You learn that your passport is as important to you as most of your loved ones.

You learn that your passport is as important to you as most of your loved ones.

23. You learn that forms that ask for a “permanent address” are evil, and didn’t account for people like you.

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24. You learn that the most acceptable and innocent acts in one culture are punishably offensive in others.

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25. You learn that “where are you from?” is an incredibly difficult question.

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26. You soon memorize a short answer and a longer, more honest one.

27. And it takes a long, long time, but you eventually get pretty good at figuring out who wants which.

28. Most importantly, you learn that to drop everything and move somewhere new is as rewarding as it is terrifying.

31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World

29. And you wouldn’t be half as brave, thoughtful, or self-aware if you hadn’t done it.

31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World

30. You learn that “home” isn’t a place – it’s the people you come to love there.

31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World

31. And you learn that the world is a huge, thrilling adventure just waiting to happen.

31 Important Things You Learn When You Move Across The World
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68 Thoughts Every Traveler Has On Their Trip Around The World Via Buzzfeed

1. I can’t wait to travel the world.
2. God, I’m nervous. Planning a trip is so confusing.
3. Am I making a huge mistake? Everyone is telling me I’m making a huge mistake.
4. No way! Screw them! This is going to be awesome.
5. I’m going to make a ton of friends and do cool stuff like the Dos Equis guy.
6. What the hell am I going to pack? Did I buy the right backpack? Do I have enough money?
7. Oh well, I’ll figure it out. 
8. Time to go. See you later, suckers!
9. Ok, landed. Now how do I get to the hostel? 
10. Does anyone speak English?
11. I’m already confused. This is tough. 
12.Okay, I made it to the hostel.
13. I’m a travel superhero. This stuff is going to be easy.
14. This dorm room looks nice. I hope no one snores.

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15. Time to explore this place!
16. I’m totally lost. 
17. Oh, look I found my way. 
18. I can totally do this backpacking thing. 
19. Happy hour! Time to meet people. 
20. Uhhh what do I say? 
21. Guess I’ll see what’s happening on Facebook.
22. Crap! That creepy guy in the corner snores. I’m never going to sleep.
23. Okay, it’s a new day. Things are going to be great. 
24. Ohh, there is a BBQ at the hostel tonight. Maybe I’ll make friends there.
25. This table looks nice. Will these people let me sit down?
26. They invited me to sit down. I have friends!

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27. Wow, I’m really hungover. What a night! 
28. Another happy hour! 
29. Shots for everyone! 
30. Ohh, a cute Aussie is talking to me. 
31. What happened last night? Yikes! That Aussie is not as cute as I remember. Time to sneak out of this dorm. 
32. All my new friends are leaving. That’s okay. I’ll see them again.
33. Probably not. At least there is Facebook.
34. Made new friends. 
35. I have no idea what these Scots are saying to me. I’m pretty sure we both speak English. I’m just going to nod my head and drink my beer. 
36. What is this food? I’m probably going to go hungry on this trip. Everything looks so weird. 
37. Guess I’ll get pasta. You can’t go wrong with pasta.

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38. Well, I got sick. I guess you can go wrong with pasta! 
39. Woohoo! Another country. Look at all these passport stamps! I feel cool.
40. I’m spending way too much money on beer.
41. Time for another happy hour. 
42. I love travel! I’m totally a travel expert now. 
43. These conversations are getting a bit repetitive though. 
44. Oh look, new people in the dorm! I wonder where all these people are from and how long they’ve been on the road. Let’s ask them! 
45. Interesting food. I’m going to eat that. I can’t believe I was so worried when I started traveling. 
46. This guy in my hostel is kind of a jerk. No one cares how many countries you’ve been to. 
47. Still spending too much money. I hope I’m going to make it to the end. 
48. Okay, time to start saving.

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49. That bus is five dollars? I’ll walk instead.
50. That was a long walk. At least I saved some money.
51. Happy hour! Five dollar beers? I’ll have three. 
52. Waterfall! Woohoo! 
53. Another waterfall? This is getting boring. 
54. More weird food. Who would have thought bugs would be so good? 
55. Two dollar soup? That’s a bit expensive. 
56. Two dollar beer? Perfect. 
57. Well, that was an eventful day. Time to move on.
58. Two more months to go. Time to make the most of this trip. 
59. I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed and see my dog! 
60. It’s going to be weird to go home.
61. More drinks? I’m so sick of drinking. Is that all this is about? 
62. Those people look cool. I’ll go drink with them. 
63. Last week. This trip changed my life. I wonder what home is like. I bet it’s really different. I’m so glad I did this. I changed a lot. 
64. My friends just threw me a huge going home party. I love them.
65. Gosh, I’m hungover. Time to go to the airport. 
66. I’m home! It’s so good to see my friends and family again.
67. Wow, nothing has really changed. 
68. I’m bored. Next trip?

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Matthew Kepnes is author of the book “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day”and runs the website NomadicMatt.com. Matt teaches people the travel tips, tricks, and advice not found in major travel media so you can travel cheaper, better, and longer to any destination in the world!

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11 Ways Going Abroad Will Change Your Life via Buzzfeed

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Travel Secrets You Need to Know via Buzzfeed

Travel secrets aren’t really secret if you publish them on the web, right? Let’s call these travel tricks instead…

I heartily agree with eating like a local, just be sure your stomach is up to it. It’s no fun to spend your entire vacation running from toilet to toilet because the delicious street food you had for breakfast is now trying desperately to exit your system and take every scrap of liquid with it.

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13 Signs You Moved Around A Lot Growing Up via Buzzfeed Video

Buzzfeed has some ridiculous lists, and some not-so ridiculous lists. This one has a little bit of both:

For the record, I don’t have a strange affection for motels. I do however, get restless living in one place for too long.

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