Troy Erstling


Life Lessons of Travel

Submitted Jan 28, 2015

To inspire people to get out of their home country and travel the world!


Throughout the last 5 years I have traveled to over 20 countries and lived in four different continents. Throughout this time I have learned many things about both myself and the world. Here are some of the lessons that I have learned throughout that time. (Here are some sample lessons that I have typed out…I have over 20 of these so we could choose which ones you like best)

It’s not where you’ve been, what you’ve seen, or what new things you have tried that makes traveling so special. It’s not the visiting of famous tourist destinations and crossing countries off the passport bucket list. It’s the PEOPLE you meet that make traveling so special. It’s the conversations you have. The relationships that you build. The exposure to new ways of thinking and living. The experiences that you share. This is singlehandedly the greatest thing that I have experienced through traveling.

Many times we look at moving abroad as this enormous life changing decision that will forever change the course of our lives and professional futures. While it will definitely be a life changing decision, I’ve come to realize that once we settle down in a new country our life isn’t that much different than it was in our home country that we began in. We go to work, eat some good food, have hobbies and hang out with friends. Yes there is the initial adjustment period, but oftentimes our lives aren’t THAT drastically different.

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” Learn to let go of the things that are beyond your control. Worrying about things that you can’t change is a useless and unproductive activity. If you are constantly worried about all the “what if’s”, you won’t notice all of the great things right under your nose. If you can’t control it, don’t bother thinking about it. Stop worrying, start LIVING. If you can control it, take ACTION.


A desire to travel!

Speaker bio

My name is Troy Erstling, founder of BrainGain. Throughout my life I’ve visited over 20 countries and I’ve lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Seoul South Korea, and now Bangalore, India. These last five years of traveling have changed my life in countless ways, and I can confidently say that seeking out international opportunities has enabled me to carve out a unique path in life. I believe that traveling is the greatest form of education, and it is my passion to help others do the same.



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