I have numerous people tell me that they would love to travel, but don’t have the time nor funds to do so. One thing that I have learned in life is that you can never get back time, and you can always make back money. There is never enough time and well… truth is, sometimes money is hard to come by. However, life is lived through the lens of experience and time, nor money can ever top that. If travelling is something that you want to do, then just do it. Stop making excuses. I can tell you from experience that travelling changes you and opens your eyes to so many things that you cannot gain from your day-to-day life. There are countless places to see around the world and only you can make that happen.
Travelling has so many benefits, and in this blog, I will tell you how it has helped me and hopefully it will show you how great it can be for you as well.
1. Travelling brings a sense of fulfillment
Nothing beats going to magical places that you only thought you would see in pictures. It makes you feel accomplished because you did it for yourself and you allowed yourself to witness something new. Not to mention that there are just so many beautiful things to see, that your heart will literally burst of joy. (At least mine does-every time.)
2. New circuits in your brain are formed
Travelling creates novel experiences. This means that it breaks you out of your daily habits, which generate the same neurochemistry within your brain and body. To further that, this means that our bodies become accustomed to producing the same hormones and patterns of thinking when we continually do the same things. When you do something new, and especially exciting, you create different emotions. When you repeatedly do new things, you create new concepts in your brain and break yourself out of daily habits and ways of thinking. This is a sure way to bring happiness and a new sense of self into your being.
3. You make lifelong friendships
Not only is travelling super exciting and fun in itself, but you also meet so many people. Forming new bonds can make your trip even better. Sometimes it is because of people that make your travels so much more interesting and lively. You never know who you’re going to meet, and they could end up being your forever-friend. Plus, it’s a good excuse to further travel to see those friends that you made.
4. You experience different cultures
Experiencing different cultures is imperative to learning about various ways of living. It helps expand our views and open our minds. When you submerge yourself into a new culture, you allow yourself to see through a different lens, other than your own. This can help break barriers and limited ways of thinking. It also allows you to become grateful for what you have and can help change certain perspectives.
5. You get to eat lots of food
Probably one of my favourite things about going to new places is trying new food. You can’t say that you’ve tried something until well…you’ve tried it. I love love love food (even though sometimes it doesn’t love me) and travelling is a great way to try new cuisines. I mean, its just a good excuse to eat lots in general, if you love food, like me.
6. You get to see shtufffffff
Yes yes, the BEST part. Oh my…the world is filled with wondrous places. Places that you thought could never exist in your wildest dreams…and you could be seeing them with your own eyes. Even the trek to get to those places could make you feel accomplished that you actually got yourself there in the first place. New adventures are always fun.
7. Improves social skills
Travel has this great way of taking you out of your comfort zone. It forces you to interact with other people-people from all over the world. Sometimes there are language barriers and it makes you have to get creative on how to communicate. Styles of communication and interaction are different across the world, and this helps familiarize you with these various styles. Even the way in which people talk and joke around are unique, and it allows you to learn different ways of communicating and relating to people.
8. Helps alleviate stress
This goes back to my point of changed behaviour. Travelling can aid in relaxation, as it helps take you off of your every day stresses. It brings a sense of contentment and allows you to look at things from a more relaxed perspective.
9. Brings more gratitude
Travelling allows you to be thankful for what you have and for what you have allowed yourself to do. It’s not always easy putting yourself in vulnerable positions, especially when travelling to foreign places can be scary. But you did it anyway, and you faced that fear. It made you a stronger person and that is something to be grateful for.
10. Travelling changes you
This compiles all of my previous points. Travelling expands your mind, and allows you to experience strange and unfamiliar things. Whether you are travelling by yourself or with people, your experiences will always be unique to that specific time. It helps boost your confidence and creates expanded patterns of thinking. Travelling helps you face your fears, which ultimately allow you to further relax and become your best self. Travelling is so beneficial in so many ways, and if you want to do it, you should just do it.
Thank you for reading my post! Leave some comments below and let me know what you think. Or, if you can think of any other benefits of travel, I would love to hear about them!