1. Your place in the world- Science helps you understand how insignificant you are. Feeling old? Are you at the age where you have to wonder how long you have left in the game? Emily Shaller is looking for the origin of life 10 billion years ago ithrough the Primordial Ices of The Kuiper Belt. Just dropped your new cell phone? Some guy in a white lab coat just discovered a subatomic particle that explains the existence of...well, existence. These things may rock your world for a time but lets face it, Its still pretty easy to escape and get caught up in our own small version of reality.
On the road , kindness is sustenance and appreciation is survival.
Thats my list in three. You will know when you have learned the ultimate lesson from backpacking...when you are ready to take the pebbles from the hand of the master: When you get home and live like you travel. -Joe