Throughout this journey, adventure and series of experiences I think it's important to share what my definition of well travelled means.
Being someone who will travel globally, I highly value the various skills which come with such grand exposure. There are multiple components, which when combined, create a well travelled person.
The components are made of the following:
Planning and execution:
The first step is having the creativity to expand your boundaries and globally chase them, an item with hunger and curiosity. Planning has a number of elements itself. You cannot plan for every occurrence on your trip. As such, you must anticipate unforeseen situations and at times be enterprising.
Execution comes next as having a plan alone is insufficient for action (see Impulse post). As such, execution takes over. Following through with your plans is critical in building confidence in your decision making skills and this creates learning opportunities such as best practices , if plans go smoothly and areas of improvement, if things don't go according to plan.
Optimal Travel Time:
Best weather or cultural times to travel are essential for situations such as when to avoid monsoons, when an area or destination is accessible, when an item is in season etc. Including travel cost to these locations Is an essential step. Matching the travel cost to times of the year for particular desired location would go hand in hand.
Rough currency exchange rates and an idea about the cost of living are equally important. The world is extremely interconnected and as a globe trotter, understanding currency exchange rates will have direct affects on where you travel, what it will cost and most of your trip. This includes where you eat and sleep to how you get around.
You should know about the types of visas available and how long they're issued for. These will be required for entry into other countries, unless your country has an existing agreement, such as Canada and Australia. There are a few main types of visas: work visas, tourist visa, business visa, student visa etc. Knowing at least work and tourist visas are a good idea. Details such as rough cost and length of stay would be sufficient here. Knowing the documentation required for these visas would be impressive. However, having an understanding of how to obtain this information is more practical and would make the process much smoother.
Contributing a few key points of interest would add a great personal touch and offer some insight about yourself the individual you are sharing this suggestion with. This establishes rapport and builds trust -- knowing how to quickly establish both while travelling are good skills to possess.
Being abroad and able to get a few words of the local language will result in a world of change. From directions, to assistance and making friends while each of them allows you to practice your language skills. Being multilingual is definitely an attraction booster, especially to those who appreciate the arts.
It is said you can tell how well someone has travelled by what they have on their desk. The world is full of treasures and items of interest. Maybe you have small statues, artwork, rocks, stamps, tickets or coins. It all tells a story about where it is from, a time in your life and a draws the pause of reflection. This is a physical manifestation of what happened in this individuals life. A custom paper trail which continues alongside any travels.
Knowing people around the globe has unforeseen and far-reaching implications. From someone to be your host in Austria, to a contact in Malaysia introducing you to a potential client/business partner. Internet enabled messaging and data connections allow people to stay in touch with international contacts and friends. Having someone on the ground in a certain locale can come in very hand in numerous situations. A diverse network also demonstrates character, cultural sensitivity and balance.
A well travelled person is someone who has these components. Each will develop over its own time, and this is a part of the journey. Travelling keeps you on your feet, your imagination engaged and sense of adventure nurtured! I believe it's also likely these types of people do not stay in one location for more than a year. They may winter in Thailand, or summer in Africa, wherever they are, they're exploring, learning and observing. The world has so much to offer, and experiencing it and the people in your destination can only be felt if you're there in the moment.