I decided to pare my travel wisdom back to 10 principles. These are the guiding principles that will help you have incredible travel experiences no matter who you travel where, where you travel too, and how much money you have to travel with. 

1. Open Your Mind

Be open to new cultures and different (sometimes better) ways of thinking. Your life has the potential to grow in unlimited ways just by being open to learning new things. 

2. Stretch Your Boundaries. Experience Something New. Discover Yourself.

Head to nature and sleep under the stars; try exotic and strange foods; attend a religious ceremony; throw tomatoes at festivals; teach English in the middle of Borneo; do something that scares you; and talk to strangers. 

3. Interact. Engage. Listen. Embrace.

Interact with the local people and other travelers. Ask questions to dig deep into cultures and beliefs. Listen attentively. You have two ears and one mouth. Make it your mission to learn as much as you can and engage with those around you. Share your own culture as well. 

4. Travel with Awe, Wonder and Gratitude

Look at how beautiful the planet is. See how amazing every thundering waterfall, dancing gazelle, unconquerable mountain, and smiling, toothless market trader really is. 

5. Take Moments and Memories Over Possessions

In 20 years’ time, that Gucci handbag will not have made a difference to your life and will be a distant memory. The night you spent in a tent guarded by a Masai warrior while lions roamed outside, however, won’t ever be forgotten.