If you can travel, you should. Everyone will tell you how important it is to travel. Traveling changes you physically and psychologically. Having little time or money isn’t a valid excuse. You can fly for cheap very easily. If you have a full-time job and a family, you can still travel on the weekends or holidays, even with a baby. And it doesn’t matter if you are solo traveling or with a group. Or if you organize it yourself or via a travel agency. Or if you are going for a cultural destination, or are doing it for sports, such as rugby tournaments. Traveling is good, it opens the heart and the mind and will make you a wiser person. Here are some of the main benefits of traveling. And once you get started, you’ll discover more yourself!
Traveling is healthy. Chances are you can’t just sit in an armchair as in Wall-E and expect to get at your destination. Where you would otherwise most likely be at home on the couch, you are now walking around. For some people, wandering abroad is even a cure for depression and anxiety. Of course, it’s not a foolproof cure, but it might help you feel better, both physically and psychologically.
Traveling also gives you a chance to disconnect. This could be from the daily rat race of home and work life. It could be from the always-on and connected lives we live. We tend to be so caught up in our daily lives that sometimes by simply sticking with it, we may do more harm than good. Is your work taking over your life? The kids are driving you mad. Are your parents trying to make you live the life they want? Take a step back, take a deep breath, and take go that holiday selfie.
Traveling also makes you smarter. Your brain will get plenty of stimuli hearing new languages, seeing new sights and smelling new things. Every time you travel, and you will see improvements in your brain capacity. Traveling helps you learn about yourself. You might run into challenging situations where you need to be resourceful and think differently. I’m sure that you will develop a new set of skills that you didn’t suspect you had within you.
Traveling also makes you wiser. By immersing yourself in other cultures, you might develop more understanding and tolerance about a culture different than yours, and that’s most likely not a bad thing. There is a quote by Saint Augustine, which goes “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” If you are a student, take advantage of programs such as Erasmus to get to know more people, experience, and understand their culture. Travel to regions you have a skeptical opinion about or simply don’t know anything about. Chances are that you will change your mind and realize that everything is not so bad abroad.
Traveling also will allow you to eat the best foods. There is no such thing as trying a local dish from another country in that same county. You might not know what real sushi tastes like until you been to Japan and treated yourself! You might find out that a dish you have been making for years, tastes completely different!
Traveling will also make you more interesting. A few stories from abroad is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Mentioning something that most people aren’t familiar with or bring a new perspective is always an excellent way to shine in a social situation.
Traveling is also the ultimate networking thing to do. Establishing connections and building a network abroad is one of the smartest things you can do in today’s world. It is sometimes hard to build a long-lasting relationship with the people you meet abroad, but it doesn’t mean it’s not worth meeting new people!
Traveling will also give you memories for a lifetime. No matter how insignificant it may seem, the fact that you’ve had an experience abroad, something that was out of the ordinary, creates a memory that you will remember for a long time.
And last, but not least, traveling makes you love your home even more. You will finally understand the words ‘there is no place like home’ like no other. Traveling is fun, and the anticipation before and joy during it is one of the best things in the world, but once you get home, you know there is a better feeling than that: coming home.