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By Andrea Pisac - 2 Comments - February 4, 2017 min read

Where do we turn to when we want to learn something? An expert authority. Years back, when I wanted to study anthropology, I chose the best UK college. I made sure my teachers were acclaimed experts in the field. And I did well – exceptionally well.

But guess what? I gleaned as much wit about anthropology from those who had no clue what anthropology was. They would ask me a simple question – what exactly is anthropology or isn’t an anthropologist supposed to know everything about people – and I would fumble with words.

When you try to answer a simple question – so simple it could have come from the mouth of a child – you stop short. Naïve questions make you dig deep for answers – simple answers. Soon you’re struck with new insights. And that’s how you learn: from experts and laics alike.

Meaningful travel starts at home

Recently I haven’t been travelling much. My sense of home has become grounded in one city and one apartment. I am more like a cat than a bird. I also live with two mischievous British shorthaired cats – a never-ending source of delight.

These two felines have lived all their lives indoors. They’re so attached to their space it’s painful to even move them to another house to be looked after when I’m away.

Who better to teach me about meaningful travel than a pair of complete amateurs!

Bono and Lucy ‘travel’ inside the 90 square meter apartment – plus a balcony. You think they can’t teach you about globetrotting? Read on.

Cat lessons in meaningful travel

#1 The world is smaller and more diverse than you think. We are British by origin, born in Slovenia and living a happy life in Croatia. Not all British shorthaired cats are blue – open your mind!

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Bono is a British shorthaired blue – Lucy is a British shorthaired bicolour

#2 You are on a journey even if you never leave a room. Your travels always start at home.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Lucy likes to gaze through the window

#3 There are no boring places. Everywhere is interesting enough, exciting enough and beautiful enough. It’s never about how far but how deep you travel.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Same blanket – different experience

#4 Old place becomes new when you see it from a different perspective. Change your point of view often.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Bono likes sitting high up on ledges

#5 There is no right or wrong way to travel. Find your unique travel style and then do it your way.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Bono is a people’s person – Lucy is an adventurist

#6 You’re never a complete outsider, even as a foreigner. There is a way to fit in at a new place even if you have to squeeze in.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Lucy is jealous when Bono snuggles up to me

#7 Dare to try local delicacies. They might not be your cup of tea, but it’s the best way to learn about a new culture.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Bono likes to steal coffee

Meaningful travel with a companion

#8 Be patient and tolerant of your travel buddy. Remind yourself often why you cherish their company.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Bono and Lucy are crazy about each other

#9 Sharing is great but there’s nothing wrong with having a few things just for yourself.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Boundaries are OK too

#10 Learn from a buddy who has travelled the road before. Imitate.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
The more they are together, the more they learn from each other

#11 Sometimes it’s great to be in the centre of attention and sometimes it’s just fine to be on the periphery.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Against the leg is sometimes close enough

Meaningful travel attitudes that make life easier

#12 Don’t think you must accept everything on offer. It’s OK to be choosey.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Bono is good at ignoring

#13 You’re not obliged to like everyone you meet. When people get on your nerves, find a peaceful hideout.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Bono hides on top of kitchen cabinets when he doesn’t like someone

#14 Travel can be exhausting. Get plenty of rest. Learn how to sleep at most unusual places.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Favourite summer sleeping spot

#15 Always find a way to fool around and play.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Dishwasher is the favourite playground

#16 Don’t be afraid of new things. Let yourself be curious.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Curiosity is stronger than fear

#17 Look for the unusual. Observe even when you don’t understand.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Lucy adores watching sport on TV

#18 Before admiring travel sights, admire yourself. You’re the greatest work of art.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Lucy knows she’s beautiful

#19 Have confidence in yourself. You can do anything you want.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Bono’s king posture

#20 Now and then have a Kodak moment so you can share travel stories with friends at home.

Indoor cats' guide to meaningful travel | Zagreb Honestly
Always camera ready

I’m curious – do you always learn from those who know it all? Have you ever learned from those who know nothing?

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  1. Oh the wisdom of cats!
    You’re right about simple answers sometimes being the best answers. Clearly, your cats are no jetsetters (they seem very comfortable at home!) but they seem to understand the mind of a traveler nonetheless.
    I especially agree with #5, about doing it your way. There is no right or wrong! There is just *your* way, and *everybody else’s* way. It’s
    OK to be different.

    1. Hi Heather, thanks for your comment. I have a luxury of observing my cats every day and they really offer some great life guidance. We often disregard the many sources knowledge can come from 🙂 Yes, doing things your own way is so important in just about everything you do. Imitating is the first step to learning. Once we understand the basics, the challenge is to find our own voice.

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