You booked a trip to get away from the “real world.” But as it turns out, things get pretty real when you’re out there. Traveling overseas is more than just an opportunity to reset and recharge: It also provides a tremendous learning experience to those who fully embrace it. After all, the world is your classroom. To prepare you for the journey ahead, here are the five hardest lessons you learn while you traverse the globe.
Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir ($12)
The Fault Line: Traveling the Other Europe, From Finland to Ukraine by Paolo Rumiz ($20)
Eating Viet Nam: Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table by Graham Holliday ($20)
What big lessons have you learned on your travels? Tell us in the comments below.