How often do you wish (and we are addressing ‘new adults’ and those who have been so for a while) that you could go back to the time when you were a child. The time where you really did not have a care in the world, except maybe, ensuring that you coloured within the lines! No – bills, tough examinations, frenzied working hours, annoying bosses and colleagues, and other such challenges – ah! blissful time of childhood! No, we are not trying to make you feel miserable – quite on the contrary we encourage you to relive your childhood by travelling to a new country. We show you how traveling makes you feel like a child again – are you ready.
- When traveling to a new place, especially outside your home country and to a place where the language spoken is unknown, can make you feel like a child again. Simple – the unfamiliarity with the language ensures that you would need to express yourself through sounds and gestures in an effort to get the locals to understand you. Even if you have learnt a few key phrases, the dialect and pronunciation of the ‘foreign’ words could leave you speechless! Remember as a child how you could get your point across by being sweet and wearing your loveliest smile? Well – both these would work here too, reminding you of your childhood.
- Traveling to a new country, could mean a different time zone. This in turn would require you to adjust your eating schedule. At the time that your body is accustomed to receiving food, may not be the time that locals do so in the foreign land, and as your stomach ‘growls’ you would feel like the child who needs to eat when hungry, and not as per the diktats of elders. Find something tasty to munch on until the ‘place’ is ready to serve a complete meal – isn’t this what you did when you were a kid?
- Some countries may afford you time to squeeze in ‘forty winks’ during the day, especially post lunch, while in others you may find yourself desperately trying to adjust your sleep pattern. If you are traveling on work, you may not be able to relive your childhood, but on a vacation, you can fit in a quick nap anytime you want – just like when you were a kid.
- Children are innocent in a number of respects – they will, for example, ask the seemingly most embarrassing questions because they are curious. When traveling to a foreign country, basic manners sometimes are forgotten with you asking basic questions such as what something means, how much distance to a place, where one can get a fluffy omelette, and other such questions that usually are reserved for kids. Keep a smile on, and not only will the locals help you, but also would love your childlike innocence, landing you with some new friends. Kids blurt out stuff – you too, when in a new country could act similarly, only to realize that what you just said could be deemed as offensive and not in keeping with the culture of the place. To avoid any further faux pas, learn up as quickly as possible the dos and don’ts of a country.
- Get to be a child all over again, especially if you visit a country at the time of its special occasions and festivals. The traditions and culture of the countries are best expressed during the festivals, affording you the opportunity to remain excited and squealing with delight as the festivities continually surprise you. Remember the excitement you experienced during festivals as a kid – your chance to relive all of it.
- Remember, as a kid how your parents tried to get you to eat different foods, and how you would scrunch up your nose at things that your friends said did not taste good? Well, when traveling to a new place you would need to relive that time, with the only difference that you might not have a choice but to eat whatever is available. Every country has their own specialities, local delicacies, and food traditions – keeping an open mind would help you enjoy the place better, even if the food served there reminds you of the food you rejected as a kid. You could actually be pleasantly surprised as to how good the food tastes – a new kind of adventure, and one that you would have missed as a fussy kid!
We think that you would agree with us that childhood is possibly the best time of one’s life, and it would be great to experience it again, whenever and wherever possible. Traveling makes you feel like a child again also because of some feelings of dependence, vulnerability, not knowing, humility, and innocence. Traveling makes you relish all the feelings, and keeps one grounded – traveling to a foreign country is certainly a life-changing and shaping experience, which we know that each person should experience at least once. Let us take you on a trip that will allow your inner child to shine and come alive once more.