When I took my first trip overseas, I had no idea how much travel would impact my life.
And I am constantly awed by just how much the unexpected thrills of travel dwarf my expectations.
While not everyone who travels makes the most of the experience, and while you don’t need to travel to feel fulfilled in life, the sheer of amount of positive experiences waiting to be had means there’s every reason to get your passport and start booking flights.
Here are a few of the top reasons why travel should top your to-do list!
More appreciation of what you have
From time to time we all become complacent about the blessings we enjoy during the course of our everyday lives. It’s easy when these things are a part of our routine and go unquestioned or unexamined for a long period of time.
Traveling gives us a new perspective. By experiencing different ways of life, we are inspired to value and cherish the things we have at home all the more.
This doesn’t just apply for travels to deprived areas. Seeing what a wealthy destination like Dubai offers could just as easily trigger the same effect. The key isn’t in feeling better than anyone. It’s simply about understanding that there are elements of our own lives which bring us joy, and which are not universal.
Travel opens our eyes to the things we should feel grateful for. And reminds us to be thankful for what we have.
Open your mind to inspiration
Not only does travel allow us to appreciate aspects of our everyday lives from a fresh perspective, it also opens us up to inspiration.
Seeing new cultures, landscapes, and traditions allows us to consider issues from new angles and perspectives. One way that this often manifests is by opening up our own inner channels of creativity and giving us ideas that we would never normally have considered otherwise.
For an artist or writer, travel can be a godsend. For everyone else, it has the potential to grant a completely new and fresh perspective on the big questions of life.
Better understanding of different cultures
The world is a big place, filled with lots of different peoples, living according to lots of different cultures.
While textbooks and Wikipedia pages are okay for giving us a basic idea about the wider world, there is simply no substitute for traveling to new locations and seeing how life plays out there directly.
When you travel, and especially during solo travel, you are immersed in the world around you.
Now, people who look, speak and behave differently than you are the majority and you become an outsider. To feel the humility of being a minority and to depend on the kindness of strangers to make you feel welcome is a lesson in inclusion that those who don’t travel may never feel.
Travel is a fantastic learning experience, allowing us to vastly expand our horizons of different cultures and places, and to understand just how small we are in this magnificent world.
Feed your natural desire for adventure
Everyone, at heart, has an adventurous spark that needs to be nurtured in order for them to feel fully alive. Likely it was this spark which drove ancient hunter-gatherers on across vast expanses of territory and over the entire face of the globe.
Travel is one of the best ways of satisfying that natural craving for new, exciting experiences. Out on the open road, there’s no telling what adventures await and what great experiences are ready to be had.
Out on the open road, there’s no telling what adventures await and what great experiences are ready to be had.
So it’s smart to be ready for whenever adventure calls.
The best way to prepare for adventure is to have a passport that is in good shape and has over six months before expiring, to maintain a funded travel savings account that you contribute to regularly and to secure a flexible career so that you’re not chained to a desk.
You don’t have to travel to have an amazing life, but traveling makes living an amazing life so much easier. Get out there and explore!