I love to travel and explore. It’s a generic claim that comes up at least once in every get-to-know-you conversation.
Relaxing weekends are a great stress reliever. Exploration is what happens when you throw yourself into a trip and a culture. It’s what you do when you get a little lost in a new city, eat something you can’t pronounce, or experience something that makes you change the way you think.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Yew!” – Mark Twainish
If there was one piece of advice I have for people today to experience more joy in life, it is to travel more. I don’t mean taking vacations or going on pre-planning trips, I mean making the journey out to somewhere you’ve never gone before with an open schedule, to let life show you what opportunities were waiting for you that you couldn’t have even imaged before.
Traveling is wonderful in many ways. It captures us with a sense of wanderlust and has us longing for more destinations to visit, cultures to experience, food to eat, and people to meet.
1. Finding a new purpose
“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye
Traveling is an amazingly underrated investment in yourself. As you travel you’re exposed to more new people, cultures, and lifestyles than you are living in your homeland all the time. With all the newness in your life, you’re also opened to new insights, ways of seeing the world and living, which often gives people a new purpose for their lives. If you’re feeling stuck on what your purpose is, what you want to do with your life, the career or educational path you want to pursue, go travel…you might just be surprised about what you discover as a new sense of life purpose and direction.
2. Helps you appreciate your home more
When we spend time away from home, especially in a place where we don’t have the same luxuries readily available to us…like a village in Fiji that runs without electricity…we become more aware and appreciative for the luxuries we have back at home.
3. Makes you realise that your home is more than just where you grew up
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
4. You’ll realise how little you actually knew about the world
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
5. Helps you make new friends
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
One of the first things I learned from traveling solo is how easy it is to make friends. Something magical happens in how people can show up more raw and real when they’re out of their conditioned environment and open to express themselves without feeling judged. That rawness and realness ends up inspiring others to be authentic, and that’s how you can become best friends with people when you’ve only known them for a few hours.
6. Experience serendipity and synchronicity
“Traveling is one of the easiest ways to become aware of the magic that weaves all of creation together through serendipity and synchronicity with perfect timing.” – Adam Siddiq
Serendipity: luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for. And here’s Synchronicity: coincidence of events that appear meaningfully related but do not seem to be causally connected
7. Helps you realise that life is a wonderful gift
Life is a wonderful gift. It really is, and as we travel and experience more of the world and life, we often become overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation for all the beautiful moments we enjoyed and people we’ve shared them with. More often than not, this is a realization that we can experience and take action from now while we’re still alive with energy rather than stacking up regrets by the time we’re on our death bed. Rather than waiting until you’re saying “I wish I had”, live so you can say “I’m glad I did”.
8. Enhances your communication skills
One of the main benefits of travelling, especially to areas where your native language is not widely used, is that you learn how to communicate with all manner of different people. It could be communicating to find the way to your next destination or asking for the nearest restaurant.
9. Helps you Get Original and Creative Thoughts
It is believed that if someone gets out of their comfort zone, the mind gets more creative. To develop new neural connections that trigger original and creative thoughts, you must explore new places and break out of your daily lifestyles
10. Improves Tolerance for Uncertainty
While travelling, you will find yourself stuck in situations where things don’t always go as planned. Such situations will help you learn to cope with the uncertainties in life.
11. Real-life Education
Meeting different people from vast cultures and societies provides an education that is impossible to get in a traditional school, college or a university. There is no substitute for the real thing.
12. Memories for Lifetime
If you travel with friends and family members, traveling helps you build stronger bonds and make memories. You can also save memories of a lifetime by creating photo albums or sharing photos in social media.
13. Accomplishes Goals
Having a travel “to-do” list and crossing things off that list keeps you motivated and positive. That list can include things like visiting certain locations or accomplishing something such as climbing a mountain or becoming conversational in the language of your next destination. Achieving those goals also increases confidence and gives a sense of success.
14. Teaches To Be More Patient
Travel can involve a lot of waiting. You’ll wait in lines, for flights or at restaurants. Learning how to cope with those waits, how to make conversation with those you’re waiting with and how to stay calm in frustratingly slow situations will teach you how to remain patient and calm in all situations.
15. You end up meeting celebrities
While traveling you might get lucky and end up meeting your favourite celebrities.
If you are lucky you might get a chance to take a photography with them too. I got lucky on this part.
In the end I still can’t really explain why I love traveling, it’s just a feeling, but then maybe that’s all I need to know, why over complicate things.