As someone who grew up in a military household and having family all over the world, I have been fortunate to travel a lot . When I was a child, I hated traveling, mostly because of the long wait to get to your destination. That has all changed now that I am older and now that technology has improved drastically. The reason I am posting this post is because I have many friends who have not experienced traveling outside of the country who I want to get out there and explore the world. A lot of them are afraid, worried about money, and the excuses go on and on. When I look at my life in comparison to people who haven’t traveled, I realize there are tons of experiences from traveling that have improved me as a person, that helps me enjoy these experiences more than things themselves. So with that said, I want to explain my reasons of why travel is good for you!
1. It gives you life experiences different than anyone else.
Now, I am not saying that you are superior to anyone else, I am just stating that your experience is going to be different than anyone else’s. You will have your own experiences that will affect who you are and question yourself. It will make you look at life in a different way than any other person, even the person you may be traveling with.
2. Traveling gives you a sense of freedom and independence
[su_pullquote align=”right”]“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide[/su_pullquote]
Traveling can be a scary thing for most. But if you aren’t willing to jump out of your comfort zone and travel to a location you have always wanted to, then you are only depriving yourself from your dream. Traveling helps you to become well rounded and face the fear of the unknown.
3. It is easier than you think
[su_pullquote]“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor[/su_pullquote]
I have so many people ask me, well how can you afford to travel so much. There are so many ways for people to travel often, they just refuse to take the opportunity to do it. I often times travel to places where my family and friends live. A lot of time, I refuse to stay in a hotel and find other options like staying in a room for rent by using AirBNB.com, staying in a cheap hostel or couch surfing. For flights, try skyscanner.com for affordable prices. Even though it can be annoying, take the flights that are cheapest even if it means multiple stops in different airports. Airports can be fun! If you happen to have a long lay over, take advantage over visiting the city for a little bit before heading back to the airport. Travel credit cards are a great way to get miles or like Capital One and their purchase eraser (huge recommendation!), allows you to erase purchases on travel from the points you earn. Finally, set a budget every month to make sure you have enough money to travel and explore.
4. Traveling gives you cool stories to talk about
[su_pullquote align=”right”]“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta.[/su_pullquote]
One of the perks of traveling is talking about your travels. I love talking travel experiences and hearing about other’s travel experiences. Talking about visiting places far different from where you live is wonderful reflection. I love talking about my experiences especially to people who have never traveled to another country. Traveling allows me to create this blog to help keep a diary of places I have been to and help others catch their dreams of traveling.
Who doesn’t love food? Traveling makes you an amazing foodie! lol It allows you to try and taste all different things your taste buds have never experienced. Luckily for us in the US, especially California, we are able to try all different types of food from all different cultures. But for others, they aren’t as lucky. However, all the food we have in the US isn’t the same experience as being in another country. You get to try the traditional experiences of dining and eating in another location.
6. Travel = Relationships
Now, I don’t necessarily mean love relationships (although that can happen to), but often times you will make friends and meet people with other travel experiences and stories. From those people, you can create meaningful relationships. If you travel SOLO, this is a great opportunity to meet new people that may need a travel companion just like yourself. After taking my TESOL course, I met so many wonderful people that have traveled and love traveling just as much as I do. I made amazing and long lasting connections in which I hope I can travel with them and visit them some day (and envy any of their travel experiences!)
7. It makes you happier!
Who wouldn’t want to feel happier? Travel has allowed me to escape enduring hours at work, phone calls and helps me work to be off the beaten path. For me, I love taking the opportunity of just shutting my phone off and being able to take everything in. I love being able to do exactly what I want to do, after all it is a trip that I paid to go do, right? Sometimes it is nice to get away from the atmosphere of doing what everyone expects of you. Also, if you are traveling to visit family, like I so very often do, it helps you feel secure and relaxed. I live alone and thousands of miles away from family, so for me that can always be a security blanket at times. After all, travel does reduce stress.
8. Because it is in our nature to question everything.
Why not get your answers by traveling to somewhere you have never been. Ask, why does Southern Italy and Northern Italy feud. Some of these answers are better explained by someone living in that country. Explore Vatican City and ask questions that you have always wanted to know about Michaelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, etc.
9. Travel = Therapy
Did you just get over a recent breakup? Travel gives you time to heal. It allows you to rediscover yourself and follow your dreams that maybe weren’t able to come true due to certain circumstances. Travel allows you to regain enthusiasm about life. It makes you excited to live and being able to experience what others many not be able to do in their entire lifetime.
10. Do it while you can and because you can!
When you get older, life seems to just sort of happens to you. Your youth is a time of total empowerment. You get to do what you want. But as you age, bills start to happen, family starts to happen, and your responsibilities get in the way of your dreams and bucket lists. Life is short, take advantage of all that is has to offer!