Jeju Island, South Korea
I’m about to close my posts on the 9 day NX Traveller trip I had with Samsung and Korean Tourism Organization and I’m saving Jeju Island for last because it seems like a lot of you are curious about that place but because I’m my over thinking me, no trip as big as the one I had, will not be complete without a blog post that makes me ponder about it. I’ve already written about 7 Things You Learn While Travelling With Your Significant Other and Verniece has already written about 6 Advantages When Travelling With Your Family, now it’s my turn to write about this: 7 Things You Learn While Travelling With People You Don’t Know. I don’t think I travelled solo because I still had a big group of people with me and I don’t know if I’ll get the privilege of doing so in the future, this will have to do.
For 9 days straight, I travelled with about a group of 40 people without knowing or meeting them before the trip except for one, EJ, who I met back here in Manila because he’s from Samsung and he’s handling our group and who became my ultimate BFF the whole time. We were together from 6 am till around 10 pm the whole time and would eat meals, sightsee and basically do everything together except sleeping at night. Here are the 7 things I learned while travelling with them :)
1. No matter how old we get, a few phrases in English like, “Hi, my name is _____. What’s yours?” or “So what country are you from?” are you need to know to meet new people. I wrote on the book that Hi is all you need but honestly, with all the creepers lurking around, you need more than that. By just saying hi, it might scare a few people so you need a bit more English words. It was honestly nerve wrecking to be around people of all ages with different nationalities who speak different dialects at first because I was honestly intimidated. I didn’t know how to approach them at first but once I spoke those words and had this open heart and conscious effort, I got to know them one by one even in the smallest way no matter what country they came from or what language they spoke. Atleast now, I think I’m a bit cooler because I have 40 new friends from around Asia (and Australia!) :)
2. You can really learn something from each and everyone you meet. The new friends you will make will inspire you or make you think twice about your job, your goals and even your life. They will teach you a thing or two on how to improve yourself and give you a different perspective on how to do things. Personally my favourite lessons are: how to take better photos and that it’s all about perspective and….
3 ….. And that no matter how much you don’t understand a person, you should try and try until you do. A lot of us didn’t speak English comfortably so it would be quite a struggle to tell jokes or describe how we do things back home but we would make the effort to explain and try to find the words to and listen carefully so we can understand each other. It was amazing actually. I got to learn so much about the countries my companions resided in because of all their stories! :)
4. Life is one big high school. I learned this in college and I honestly thought that it would end once I graduate but honestly, it didn’t. Even after, you’ll still experience cliques and bullies. And the older you get, the tougher the competition will be. People will still be insecure and they’ll still feel threatened. And when they do, they will still say mean things to you but sugar coat them instead of being straight forward. And just like in high school, the best way to deal with them is to just smile, flip your hair and ignore :)
5. No matter how old we get, there’s still a little kid in all of us. I think the age group was around 19 till I’m guessing around 40? and even with that big age gap, there was always that little kid in all of us who wanted to try new things and so much of our curiosity still needed to be fed. It’s nice to know that because who isn’t scared to grow up and be old?
6. As much you’ve made new friends who will forever be etched in your heart and will be part of self growth, a beautiful scenery really won’t be as beautiful, or a new adventure won’t be as fun without your loved ones. I saw so much new things thanks to Samsung and Korean Tourism Organization but after taking pictures and breathing it all in and appreciating that it’s right in front of me, it was always in the back of my head that I wish Verniece was with me so we can take photos together or I wish my dad tried this new cuisine too or I wish my mom was with me as I toured Jeju Island (it’s her dream!) or Ben was with me as I climbed that top of the mountain and appreciate the view as he’s the only one in my life I know who will love the journey to get there. It’s not because I’m dependent but it would’ve been better to have my loved ones by my side as I saw all of those :)
7. No matter how much you think you already have a solid support group back home or you think you’ve met all walks of life, there are still so much people to meet in the world. I’m honestly one of those people who prefer keep my circle small but wow, I thought I’ve met all kinds of personalities already but there with everyone I met in the tour, there’s still so much I have to see, to hear and to meet. It made me realize that the universe is so big and it makes me so excited knowing this :)
Blazer, Top and Trousers from Korea, Nike Flyknits, Aviators from Rayban, Bag from Balenciaga
Thank you to SAMSUNG and KOREA TRAVEL ORGANIZATION for arranging this trip.
All photos are taken using a SAMSUNG NX500.