Everybody should travel. You, your friends, your family, your colleagues, your grandmother – it is never too late to hit the road on a life-changing adventure.
Many people are scared that they are not quite cut out for a life on the road or that travelling may somehow damage their career prospects. Is now really the right time to travel? What if, by travelling, you screw up your career and can’t find a job when you come back?
Well, I’m here to tell you that this will literally never happen.I want to travel the world and, frankly, there is nothing else that shall do. There are thousands of reasons why everybody should go travelling, at least once in their lives, but here are ten of the best reasons why literally everybody should travel.
Live in the moment
Travelling gives you the chance to enjoy living in the moment, not dwelling on the past, or predicting the future. You’ll appreciate just living in the here and now. If you want to stay in a country a few extra days, why not? Just do it. If you want to stay out until early hours of the morning, do it. Learn to live in the moment and make every opportunity count. When you come back home you’ll be thankful that you completely went for it.
Expand your horizon
Sometimes we have prejudices against other people or other countries, simply just because we don’t understand them. Travelling will wipe these thoughts away. When you explore another country, you touch base with their culture and start to understand why they do certain things or act in a certain way. Take all the opportunities where you can immerse yourself into these cultures and truly walk in another person’s shoes. One of the best things I’ve found when travelling is that strangers are more often than not willing to help when you ask them for it.
Youl make friends in every country you step foot in
Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it, being connected to other cultures and people from all over the world? Not only will you have more friends around the globe to keep in touch with, but you will also have people happy to let you stay at theirs when you next get itchy feet. You’ll have the opportunity to visit their home turf and see their city and way of life like no other tourist would. They’ll want to show you their world, and luckily for you, you’ll get to see it through the eyes of the locals.
Breaking the ice with new people becomes easier
There’s nothing worse than being the person who can’t make friends at work or talk to people at parties. However, when you travel you become a story teller and stories you will have to tell. When you travel you have something in common with everyone and it’s easy to find common ground. Trade stories, give advice, spread the word.
Travelling makes people happier. This is because your mind is challenged, stretched, and you experience much more than you would in a standard 9 to 5. Just be prepared for the post-travel blues… good thing is you can always book another trip!
Traveling helps you learn who you are.
All the challenges and opportunities travel lays at your feet help you discover who you are in a way that’s only possible on the road.
You need to clear your head.
When your mind keeps racing and your to-do list is about to burst, it’s time to take a breather. That can be hard to do when you’re at home and everything around you has a demand — from the family dog, to the kids, to the pile of dishes in the sink. Get away, far away, from your familiar surroundings and you can be alone with your thoughts. Only then can you tackle your big thoughts, whether you’re debating over taking a new job or you need to make some other significant change in your life.
Experience new foods
You just can’t beat it. It might look, smell, feel or taste disgusting but suck it up and eat it. You left home for new experiences, make sure you’re doing that. There’s nothing worse than travelling thousands of miles from home to taste the familiar. Speak to locals and find out how they cook certain dishes, what ingredients they use and why. Get them to write it down on a piece of paper, don’t just stick it on your instagram stories and be done, learn the tricks of the trade and appreciate new flavours from around the world.
Falling in love
Love, or lust, is always around the corner when you’re on the road. The connections you make with people, especially romantic ones, are heightened whilst travelling. There is nothing quite like holding the hand of a new lover whilst watching the sun rise up over the ocean and hearing the jungle behind you come to life as the light dances on the sand. I know many couples who have met on the road and in my opinion, a relationship formed with somebody else whom you meet travelling is the strongest relationship of all. Go, travel, explore, let down your guard and let someone in. Travellers look out for each other, it’s kind of like a tribe and in general, on the road, away from Facebook and all that other crap, people are more honest with each other.
You appreciate the little things
When you’ve survived arduous bus journeys, wandered through slum communities in Colombia and seen the sorry state of hospitals in developing countries, you learn to appreciate your ‘normal life’. Suddenly, first-world problems, such as your iPhone charger not quite reaching the bed, really don’t seem like that big a deal anymore. When you’ve met with some of the world’s poorest people and see how they are happy with a simple existence, it really does change how you feel about material possessions. Travelling taught me to not worry so much about what other people think of me and to instead take joy in all of the amazing little things that happen to me every day; whether that’s stretching out in the morning or sipping on a piping hot mug of chai.