Have you been bitten by the travel bug and just can’t get the desire to explore different countries out of your head? Many people experience this very feeling at some point or another in their life, like an internal clock it just goes off at some stage and isn’t silenced until we satisfy our urge to see the world. Travel is not always convenient or financially viable, but if you have the time and money you might want to consider ticking a few places off your bucket list. Here are some of the benefits of travelling that might push you to book that plane ticket after all.
Travel Broadens The Mind
You’ve more than likely heard it before, but travelling to new places really does broaden the mind and makes you see things in a different light. You might stumble across new customs and ways of living that you never even imagined, or meet people who are very different from you that will force you out of your comfort zone and teach you how to adapt.
You Will Learn So Much About Yourself
People often cite wanting to ‘find themselves‘ as a reason to go travelling, and it is true that you will have lots of time to think about your life and what you really want when you are taking time off to see the world. Even though it might not give you all the answers you are looking for, travel will reveal a lot about yourself and show you how you handle being in foreign places with language barriers and cultural differences. It gives you room to learn, grow and figure things out, which is probably why so many young people are eager to go jet setting.
You Will Learn To Appreciate Home
“No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
They say that absence makes the heart fonder, and certainly we can all be guilty of taking our home lives for granted and suffering from ‘the grass is always greener’ syndrome. When you leave your home for foreign lands, you might fall in love with a lot of new places, but you will ultimately feel a magnetic pull to where you came from and might even experience stints of homesickness. The best way to fall back in love with your homeland is to leave it temporarily, safe in the knowledge that it will be waiting with open arms when you eventually decide to return.
You Won’t Have Any Regrets
We only truly regret the things we don’t do, so even if you are nervous about going travelling or you think you might hate it, you won’t know until you go! Give it a fair chance, if it really isn’t for you then you can come back home knowing you gave it your best shot. Life is short, sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith.
The More You Travel, The Smaller The World Becomes
Once you go around the world and immerse yourself in the various countries and cultures that are on offer, you will begin to realise that despite all of our differences, we are all very much the same. The vast majority of people on earth share a common goal of wanting a happy and peaceful life, and it doesn’t matter where you are and what language the people speak, we are all searching for that same truth.
If you’re not ready to plan a year long trip around the world just yet, don’t worry, simply take a few weeks here and there and start ticking some places off your list. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get to go everywhere, but enjoy every second of the places you do get to see and create memories worth looking back on.