This is a guest post from the talented digital nomad Sonia Gil
(known on her Youtube channel as Sonia’s Travels
I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying “appearances can be deceiving” and this statement definitely proves true while traveling. What separates a traveler from a tourist is the eagerness to learn from our surroundings and from the locals that make each city and town unique.
One situation that comes to mind happened on a recent trip. I met a man who despite his expertise in wines, had horrible table manners. Although he was able to call himself an accomplished sommelier, that did little to convince me to look past his rude table manners.This goes to show that if you stay too focused on being the best at one single thing, the world might pass you by. In today’s professional world there is a lot of emphasis on the “super specific specialist” who serves as an expert on a single topic.
I feel that we all need to go back to the time when more emphasis was placed upon living full and enriched lives
, which is best done by accepting challenges and learning from these experiences. And what a better way to open your eyes to a different world than traveling to a place where you understand very little.Language is a perfect example of a challenging task
. This past summer I visited Coba, an ancient Mayan city that is thankfully still well preserved. Instead of speaking Spanish to the locals, which they can all easily understand, I decided to challenge myself and learn what I could of their native language.
As I repeated the Coba words that were slowly beginning to resonate meaning in my mind, I was able to see myself in a different light. This ultimately helped me appreciate my own country and my native language in a brand new way.
In this episode shot in Coba, I found someone willing to teach me some Mayan, It was only a few basic words and phrases but enough to give me a glimpse at this very different world. I recorded this Mayan lesson to show how just two minutes of your time can open up a huge door to a radically different world.
: Sonia Gil
hosts a weekly original web travel series called Sonia’s Travels
with episodes shot in Mexico, Italy, Berlin and Paris. Each trip turns into a series of shows in which Sonia offers a small idea or tip about a place and the people who live there. New Episodes Premiere Every Thursday at 12 noon
(9:00 am Pacific).