Toronto, Canada

This week I turned 35 and I’d love to say that I had wisdom to pass on simply from being on the earth for three and a half decades but the truth is that I learned all of the significant things in the last 2-3 years while traveling in Latin America.

I have met some amazing people, some very kind and others not at all but I learned from each of them.

When I wrote the 25 things I learned from traveling in Central America, most of them were observations about the world but here I realize most of the observations are about me. Which is why this quote from Anais Nin is so true:

 

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.

 

1. I have seen many people argue they weren’t running away from life but toward something else. I was running away… from the stress of not knowing what I wanted to do with my life and the inability to figure it out in the confines of my life. I still have no clue but I don’t feel the stress to define I’m more comfortable not knowing.

2. Corporate life is not for me. I don’t mind being a visitor with contract work but I don’t have the ambition to rise the corporate ladder just because I can.

3. Maybe I’m not as unfriendly as I thought or maybe I learned to shed it on the road as excess baggage.

4. If you can’t decide if someone is awesome or obnoxious. Chances are they are a douche bag.

5. Mean people are unhappy. Happy people won’t try to make you feel bad about yourself. The next time someone is mean to you feel sorry for them because something is so wrong with them they need to make you feel bad about yourself.

6. Some skills are important but you won’t learn them in school – like how to pee without touching the toilet seat while wearing a 45L backpack.

7. I thought I’d be happier on the road but while I was there I longed for my old relationship and job. Changing your location doesn’t change the issues. Just as you can be happy anywhere you can also be unhappy in paradise.

8. Art is important.

9. We eat far too much meat and the Earth is suffering because of our gluttony.

10. I need to talk less listen more.

 

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11. Sometimes love lasts a lifetime, sometimes only a night. Cherish whatever you have at that moment.

12. We take clean water for granted. Being able to drink from the tap is a privilege.

13. Do not drink the water in Mexico. You will get sick.

14. iPhones are great. iPhones at the dinner table are not. Just because there is a lull in conversation doesn’t mean you need to check your emails – everyone you need is in front of you.

15. Being heartbroken is okay and you shouldn’t have to hide it. It’s better to hurt than never taking a chance.

16. Crying is okay. Crying in public is okay. Crying on a bus is also okay even if you do it all the time.

17. Age really doesn’t matter. It’s better to have friends with a common interest than a common age.

18. You can’t have everything. There is always a sacrifice and not everyone will understand you had to give up something to get what you wanted.

19. I can live with less.

20. I need to work harder at not interrupting people, especially when I’m so excited about what they are saying that I need to add to it.

21. If I don’t step outside my comfort zone in some manner I get bored.

 

girl eating hamburger

22. We are poisoning the world with cheap, processed food.

23. Taking risks always pays off but not always in ways that you expect.

24. Even people who are mean to you leave you better off because you will be kinder to others.

25. A genuine smile can change someone’s day.

26. We think science will help us cure everything but if we listened more to the indigenous people we would find some things don’t need to be invented, they are already there.

27. Mindset is everything! Being on a crowded chicken bus in Guatemala is amusing as a memory but a crowded bus in Toronto is annoying.

28. I am addicted to the internet.

29. If you want to make a good impression on someone stop talking about what makes you so great and listen to the person like they are the most fascinating you have met. That person will only have good things to say about you.

30. My way may be right, but it isn’t the only right way.

 

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31. The best meal you’ve ever eaten will always pale in comparison to mediocre food with people you care about.

32. Friendships change; instead of being resentful or wishing for the old days try to embrace the new ones.

33. It’s better to be alone than feel lonely while with someone.

34. You cannot change to make someone love you.

35. Everyone feels lonely and unhappy and wonder why no one else feels the way. If everyone were more honest about their insecurities everyone would feel less lonely.

 

I’m still learning, tell me your best piece of advice.

138 Comments

  1. Sakhita on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Never arrive at an opportunity and think, “I’ll do it tomorrow”…Today is tomorrow – don’t wish away your time, it’s a lot more precious than you think

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      That’s a very good one.

  2. Arianwen on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    I really like number 29. I’m finding that the more cool stuff I do, the more inclined I am to waffle on about myself, and I need to take a breather and ask more questions. That’s what happens when you travel though. You’re desperate to share all your incredible experiences with everyone you meet!
    Arianwen recently posted..London south bank: a farewell to remember

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Oh this one will be important when you are in South America as everyone wants to tell you how great they are. Spend time with the locals and just listen to how wonderful they are because they have the stories that are worth listening to.

  3. Les Petits Pas de Juls on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Everything happens for a reason; good or bad, that’s what put you on the road and made you see what you really wanted.
    Enjoy the day! it’ll bring other great things into your life!
    Be happy!
    Jul’
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I agree with you, everything really does happen for a reason even if you don’t understand it at the time.

  4. Kent @ No Vacation Required on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Love this! #7 = so true.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Sadly I just learned that one.

  5. TBay on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    You’re so right. Mean people ARE unhappy and should be pitied. Crying is totally acceptable. Walking down the street, on a bus, wherever. iPhones at the table are disrespectful. I am the queen of interupting people and also need to work on that.

    I had a fortune cookie once that read: “It takes the sun and the rain to make a rainbow.” So accept the good and the bad because its all part of the journey…

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      It’s also nice to have friends that realize when you interrupt them it’s not because you don’t care about what they are saying but you really just want to share something special with them.

  6. Rebecca on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    the number one thing i learned from travelling in Latin America was that you truly do not need “things” to be happy. Great company is enough

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      So true, you can be in the worst place with the best people and love it.

  7. Mark Wiens on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    10, 20, 29 are all things I’m trying to work on myself right now. Listening to others and giving valid advice without being distracted is something I need get better at doing. Something I’ve learned is that I don’t need to worry about trying to do everything nor see every place – I’m satisfied and blessed by what I can do and see each day.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      They are my worst too!

    • michael on the August 18, 2012 remarked #

      These where the ones that stood out to me also.

  8. Balanced Melting Pot on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    I was just thinking the other day how Venezuelans have taught me to live – in the sense that my life is much more balanced. I used to let the simplest inconvenience upset me – even though I knew it was trivial, but now I just can’t do it. Not even if I tried. I hope you’re able to continue using these lessons because my biggest fear is that I’ll get sucked back into the useless stress once I move back to the US.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I should have listed that too! I learned that the little inconveniences really aren’t worth getting upset over.

  9. Jaime on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Crazy that I was reading many of these I was thinking yes yes oh yes right on. I think travel really does teach you so many things about you that you never even knew you needed to learn.
    Jaime recently posted..Faces of India in photos.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      And all of the things that are so much more important in life than say – geometry.

  10. Lindsay on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Great post! I love #4 hehe. This kind of self-awareness really is the kind of thing that comes with growing up and seeing the world, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing! :)
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I learned that one only a short while ago.

  11. Laurence on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    #6 made me smile, but I really like number #35 the most. Everyone needs that tattooed on their heads.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Understanding #35 has changed my life and how I approach the site. It’s tough to write personal things about my own insecurities but I want people to know they are not alone.

  12. Payje Bier on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    This is an amazing post on life in general! I love love love it. And #6: THIGHS OF STEEL! And hopefully something to cram your elbows into.
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  13. Tracy Zhang on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Great words of wisdom, my favourites are #13 and #31.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      And so important too.

  14. Juno on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Great round up. I agreed with most of the things you wrote! I liked your birthday tribute post as well. I can relate a lot of those.
    Congratulations on your special birthday! Cherish the moment, and embrace the consequences is the important thing we have to remember. And everyone deserves to be happy, in every different form. :)
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Thanks so much Juno, it’s definitely an important birthday.

  15. Krista on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Such a great post, I’m about the same age as you, and have many of the same conversations and revelations with myself. My only addition to this list for my own use is the best quote from The Shawshank Redemption: “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
    Krista recently posted..Hometown travel: Truro discoveries – food, farmers market, and more Berlin Wall

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      That is a pretty good one, life is all about choice.

  16. Ann Wellwood on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    #24..I know someone that is always mean to other people and is very hard to be around,but I never thought that it would make me kinder.I think you are right!!!I must keep this in mind the next time I have to be around him!!!Thanks Ayngelina for all your insights!!You are always interesting!!!

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      It’s the only way you can deal with mean people – treat them with pity…well after a few choice words under your breath.

  17. Melanie on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Great post. It’s great that you’re feeling ok with the unknown. Makes life a lot easy to live. BTW I think you’re super friendly! Maybe because I met you post-travel;)
    My tip? Spend more time in nature, especially when you live in a big city.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      It’s definitely because you met me post-travel, and I’m happy for that.

  18. Caroline Eubanks on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    I would add that not everyone will like you and that’s okay. Some people will have stupid reasons for not liking you or will judge you immediately. We aren’t destined to be friends with everyone we meet.

    Love this post! And Happy Birthday!
    Caroline Eubanks recently posted..Review: Go! Girl Guides Thailand

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      That is a really tough one, I know it’s true but in my heart I have not learned it yet.

  19. Jose @ Tierras Patagonicas on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    A good bunch of brilliant lines here, some of them I felt really reflected! By the way I’m 36… :)
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      So you are wiser than me!

  20. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Insightful, honest list that’s as true for non-travelers as it is for travelers. My personal fave? #6…
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      It’s an important skill in life.

  21. Matthew Karsten on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    “The next time someone is mean to you feel sorry for them.”

    So true.

    I’d also agree that all experiences, good & bad, make you a better person. It’s hard to have a bad day when you fully accept this as fact. :)
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Even the worst experiences brought me where I am today, and for that I am thankful.

  22. Anis Salvesen on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Love this post! It’s intensely personal but has truths we all recognize. You’ve picked up some amazing lessons and experiences on your journey;thanks for sharing them. Here’s to the next 35 years and beyond!

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Thanks so much Anis and I’m so happy that I have met you along the way.

  23. Sally on the June 27, 2012 remarked #

    Mwahaha. #4 is awesome.
    And I also totally have a problem with #20.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      From what I’m hearing it’s a universal problem.

  24. Waegook Tom on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    Love this post, Ayngelina! Similar-ish to my latest one, as you pointed out :)

    Great tips about life and handling people here. I particularly like your point on deciding whether or not a person is awesome or obnoxious. They’re ALWAYS a douchebag if you have to try and figure it out!
    Waegook Tom recently posted..Happy Anniversary To Me: 40 Things I’ve Learned About Life In Korea

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      So true but seriously I just learned that one. I always like to give people a chance, and I should not.

  25. Vera on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    Oooh, splendid; I need to do such a list -unfortunately I’m full of good advice but can only painfully slowly integrate it in my actual life (while I can change, and actually feel very good about that fact, there’s always a strong resistance to the actual changing, and I tend to not be persistent enough), but I dig your learned lessons, and I’m happy that you thought it was important to mention food (less meat, less processed, etc.) and that science is sometimes used to create very complicated solutions for problems that could be solved quite simply by ‘simple’ people. Less is more, it really is!!
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I find the older I get the more I realize simpler really is better.

  26. Andrea on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    Any list I’ve ever read on your blog is always spot on! Loved this
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I don’t usually do lists but when I do I try to make them worthwhile.

  27. Leigh on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    Love this post. There are so many that got me, I can’t even list them all.

    Suffice it to say, I think reading this was the perfect way to start my day.

    Besitos de Latin America :)
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Thanks Leigh, it was really so wonderful meeting you. I hope to get back down soon and spend more than an afternoon with your family – well if you’ll have me!

  28. Bret @ Green Global Travel on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    All great advice! My favorite advice lately is to fear less and challenge yourself more. I believe we are all capable of the extraordinary once we let go of our trepidation that we can’t do it.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      That’s a great one too, anything I have risked has always come at great reward.

  29. Hannah on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    Love this! Your honesty is always so refreshing and inspiring. I agree with all of these points, especially #35 – we should all be more honest with our feelings – I know I make a point of being 100% open on my blog, and it has enriched my life beyond measure. Thanks for always putting your truth out there :)
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      The blog really helped me come out of my shell, in a lot of ways I feel like I owe it to people to be as honest as I can.

  30. Pauline on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    Love #s 6 & 27 – especially if the TTC bus is non air-conditioned and is driven by someone who doesn’t know how to use the brake system… hellish commute!
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I feel the same way, the TTC seems awful but go ride on a chicken bus for 8 hours and it’s somehow amuses us!

  31. Jess | GlobetrotterGirls on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    These are all spot on! Laughed out load at the peeing skills we girls all seem to gain. One thing I have learned at least to try to do is take a lesson from every difficulty. It’s working about half the time so far :)
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I should make that more of a habit.

  32. Cassie on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    Great lessons! #19 is something I remember every time I travel, and forget the longer I stay in one place. And #20 is a problem for me, too.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I have a ridiculously tiny apartment now so it prohibits me from accumulating too much stuff but it’s difficult to say no.

  33. Susan @ Travel Junkette on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    Very keen observations! Travel is the best education out there, and you’ve proven it.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      It really has the power to change people for the better.

  34. Christine on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    Bahahaha I am a bus crier. Totally OK with that.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Glad to know I’m not the only one.

  35. Jenna on the June 28, 2012 remarked #

    So many truths here, and you’re so right about people being honest–if people could just be honest about feeling lonely, break-ups, etc., we would all be happier. I would add that every time we think we know a certain culture or group of people, we find out we are wrong. And TV is useless 99.5% of the time.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Of course, let’s face it we’re not all history channel fanatics, when I have access to it I watch the trashiest shows – which is why I do not allow myself to have cable.

  36. Christy on the June 29, 2012 remarked #

    #6 sounds difficult. I have yet to try that one and hope I never have to.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Never? I am surprised.

  37. Cole @ Four Jandals on the June 29, 2012 remarked #

    If only everyone would read these then maybe the world would be a better place! Love them all. 35 hits the nail on the head for a lot of people too.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Thanks so much Cole.

  38. Stephanie - The Travel Chica on the June 29, 2012 remarked #

    I love this list! As I was reading, I thought yep, yep, yep…

    #6 may be the most important survival skill I learned in Latin America.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Undoubtedly.

  39. Jeremy Branham on the June 29, 2012 remarked #

    Great list and very wise advice in your 35 years. Some of these made me think about my own life. I agree with a lot of these. I could comment on most of these but I will say that #14, 7, and 27 are spot on!
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I wish my friends would learn #14.

  40. Ceri on the June 29, 2012 remarked #

    “12. We take clean water for granted. Being able to drink from the tap is a privilege.

    13. Do not drink the water in Mexico. You will get sick.” – Ain’t it the truth!

    “34. You cannot change to make someone love you.” – I only discovered this recently. :)

    This is such a wonderful list. Really reflective and so inspiring.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I only learned 34 recently too…

  41. Jonathan Look, Jr. on the June 29, 2012 remarked #

    Sometimes being too on guard is your worst enemy. The world is full of wonderful people and very few bad guys. Be safe but be open to opportunity.

    I also liked you comment about age not mattering. Before I started traveling full time I kind of ran in homogeneous group of friends. Now that I am out there I find common interests bind me to others far more than age or even economic situation.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I’ve met some incredibly perceptive people in their early 20s and young spirits in their 60s – age really just is a tree ring.

  42. Brenda on the June 29, 2012 remarked #

    Love this list and enjoying your blog

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Thanks Brenda.

  43. Ruth (Tanama Tales) on the June 29, 2012 remarked #

    Ayngelina,
    Thanks for sharing all these lessons. It is incredible all the things Latin America can show us. Everytime I travel around the region, I learned new things even if I visit the same places.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      It’s really difficult for me to go anywhere else when there is so much more I need to learn.

  44. Laura on the June 30, 2012 remarked #

    I like No. 6, because at the end of the day, all travel is education, and not just for those random but really useful skills you pick up! I’ve long thought of travel as my substitute for grad school–and I’m happy with my decision to see the world rather than study something I wasn’t all that passionate or sure about.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I think everyone should travel before they go to university, it would help people realize what they want to do.

  45. Cheryl on the June 30, 2012 remarked #

    Love this list and I definitely agree and identify with many many points on here.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      So good to hear Cheryl.

  46. Ava Apollo on the June 30, 2012 remarked #

    #18 is really speaking to me right now. It takes so much confidence to know what is worth risking in order to reach a long term goal.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      It always feels like such a risk but once you make the decision everything starts to fall into place.

  47. Leah Travels on the June 30, 2012 remarked #

    You’ve taken so many of these directly out of my head, especially number 5 about mean people. When I encounter mean people I have to remind myself that they’re probably unhappy. I know I’ve been mean when I’m not happy. Often I cut them some slack. Other times I just dub them an asshole and move on about my business. This comes along with a broken give-a-damn. :-)

    Great post!
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Sometimes I see myself making mean or snarky comments and have to put it all back into check.

  48. Ron | Active Planet Travels on the June 30, 2012 remarked #

    This is a great list…so many avid points I don’t know where to start. I particularly like number 1 but can totally connect with just about every other point on the list. Thanks :-)

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Good to hear I got you from the start!

  49. Turtle on the July 1, 2012 remarked #

    Such beautiful advice. I think there are a lot of things in here for most people.
    My favourite is number 11: “Sometimes love lasts a lifetime, sometimes only a night. Cherish whatever you have at that moment.”
    Regardless of the kind of love you’re talking about, once you accept this, the world becomes a much happier place.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      It also makes you appreciate it in the moment because it may not last.

  50. Ali on the July 1, 2012 remarked #

    Great list! Wonderful words of wisdom, even if we sometimes have a hard time remembering things like this in the moment.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Even I have a hard time remembering them, I’ve been keeping this list for months as a reminder.

  51. Dolly Garland on the July 1, 2012 remarked #

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    Loved this post, and #4 made me laugh. It’s absolutely true though!
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      We all want to give people a chance but sometimes it’s just better to walk away.

  52. Leslie (Downtown Traveler) on the July 1, 2012 remarked #

    Love this post! This rings true: “If you can’t decide if someone is awesome or obnoxious. Chances are they are a douche bag.” LOL
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      That was a recent add, after I realized he was indeed a douchebag. Never again.

  53. Hogga on the July 1, 2012 remarked #

    For once I’m going to be serious. There is a lot here that hits home. Some of it kinda like a slap in the face with things I’ve been battling.
    I’m going to print it off and hang it on my wall as a reminder.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Hogga you are always so nice when it comes to these things. And if you ever need another face slap you knew who to call.

  54. Emily in Chile on the July 1, 2012 remarked #

    Fabulous advice! Going off number 18, I think my tip would have to be that it’s worth making friends all over the world even though it’s sometimes sad that you can’t be with them as often as you’d like. Missing out on get togethers and big moments sucks, but the reunions are always well worth it.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      That’s a good one Emily and honestly with Facebook it’s so much easier now.

  55. Rease on the July 1, 2012 remarked #

    4. iPhones are great. iPhones at the dinner table are not. Just because there is a lull in conversation doesn’t mean you need to check your emails – everyone you need is in front of you.
    ::cough:: CAILIN ONEIL! hahaha
    17. Age really doesn’t matter. It’s better to have friends with a common interest than a common age.
    I only think about our age gap when someone actually mentions it. We are a decade apart and I adore you. Hanging out with you is always fantastic, whether we are being ridiculous or having a heart to heart.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Yeah I know I always forget there’s a decade but I think you meet me half way – you are mature and well…we both know I’m not.

  56. Krista on the July 1, 2012 remarked #

    I love this, Ayngelina. Especially the bit about the crying. It IS OK, and it’s healing, and cathartic, and does much to wash away any preconceived notions of needing to have it all together all the time. :-)
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      People think crying is a sign of weakness but it’s just a way to deal with pain so we shouldn’t judge people for it.

  57. Cherina on the July 1, 2012 remarked #

    Amazing how much you can learn in such a short space of time. Travel is such a wonderful way of opening up your eyes. Number 4 is so true…mean = unhappy. And yes, it’s totally ok to cry :)
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I’m sure there will be a lot more tears!

  58. Bizz on the July 3, 2012 remarked #

    #19 is the mantra that keeps me going each and every day.

    Soon, I’ll be able to pack my entire life into the back of a small pickup truck and move on…

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Where are you going?

  59. Lindsay Hartfiel on the July 3, 2012 remarked #

    Travel can unleash your true self…never hide that!

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      It’s a good one to remind myself of now that I am at home.

  60. Jeff Bartlett on the July 3, 2012 remarked #

    Wow. Quite the list. Number 1 sums up my life perfectly. I used to joke that I’d give myself until 30 to figure things out. I’m knocking on its door and still don’t have an honest answer!

    As for number 13, I’ll admit that I’ve made a similar mistake. If you travel long enough, you’ll always assume that your stomach can handle something it cant!
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    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I have a bad habit about being too cocky about food and drink, and then locals give me a strange look when I tell them I drank the water because they don’t!

  61. Spencer on the July 4, 2012 remarked #

    Latin America is a place that fascinates me. Can’t wait to get there one day.
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    • Ayngelina on the July 5, 2012 remarked #

      It’s a really special place, each country is so different and has it’s own reason to love it. People ask me my favourite country but I could never choose.

  62. Zara @ Backpack ME on the July 5, 2012 remarked #

    #19 “I can live with less.” I have also learnt this and think many budget kind of travelers do too. And it is a very important and valuable lesson actually! Now all I own is inside my backpack and feel that I have “more than ever”! Less stuff means more freedom!

    • Ayngelina on the July 5, 2012 remarked #

      It can get addictive, I keep trying to get a smaller and smaller bag. Today I’m heading to Portland and decided not to take my DSLR or laptop so I could do a very small bag. Although I won’t be tech-less I still have my iPhone.

  63. Michelle on the July 6, 2012 remarked #

    This is beautiful and perfect. Thanks for giving me comfort in the fact that I’m not the only one out there with a list like this. #26 really touched me. Here’s to listening more and talking less.

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      I need to remind myself of that one every day.

  64. Jason D on the July 10, 2012 remarked #

    This is the BEST 140 characters ever written.. for me at least.

    “You can’t have everything. There is always a sacrifice and not everyone will understand you had to give up something to get what you wanted.”

    I stumbled here, and this is exactly what I needed to hear today! I just moved (last night) almost 6 hours away from all my friend, my son, my girlfriend, and the ONLY city I have ever lived in for an opportunity to provide a better life for myself and the people I love most. I was really starting to wonder if I made the right decision, and this has made me feel 1000% better about my decision.

    Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us all. I can’t even express how you have made me feel using words. I wish I could meet you and give you a huge hug! You are awesome!

    God bless you and I wish you good luck in everything you do!

    • Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

      Wow that gives me chills, I am so happy you found that message when you needed it. I hope it stays with you.

  65. Augustine on the July 12, 2012 remarked #

    Number 30 really touched me. My way may be right, but it isn’t the only right way. We’ve all made bad decisions before.

  66. Ayngelina on the July 23, 2012 remarked #

    I think it’s important to make bad decisions, I have some doozies that got me where I am today.

  67. Stockton_Smile on the August 3, 2012 remarked #

    I fell in love with you just now. Maybe its the pictures, or what I just read but probably both. Marry me?

  68. Brenda Little on the August 5, 2012 remarked #

    This is truely inspiring!

    Thank you for putting a few things into perspective!

  69. Adam @ GettingStamped on the September 14, 2013 remarked #

    #27 is my favorite on the list! So true, the little things in travel are what can make it great, but if you aren’t looking for it or not in the mood will also destroy your day. Fun (and deep) list!
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  70. Chris Chiang on the October 26, 2013 remarked #

    Awesome list not only for travling in Latin America but also traveling in other places.
    #6 makes me smile when I am reading.

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