12 Reasons Why You Should Travel More- I’ve heard it all before. I’ve even thought of a few of them myself. The excuses that we tell ourselves about why we can’t travel. I see beautiful pictures of snow covered mountains and think to myself, “Wow I would love to go there someday!” Sometimes I see pictures of pristine beaches, and I start to imagine the warmth of the summer sun on my face and the golden grains of sand between my toes. And just when I start to get hopeful, a little voice inside me quickly shuts me down.
You don’t have enough time.
You don’t have enough money.
You can’t walk away from all of your responsibilities.
The list is endless. Stick with me, because I’ll be tackling each of these excuses in the upcoming months. But for now, why is travel even worth the hassle?
Here are 12 Reasons Why You Should Travel More:
1. It Makes You Humble
The world is a really big place. We often forget that we are just tiny droplets of water in the middle of an unending ocean. Travel wakes us up from our egocentric slumber. It reminds us that there is more to life than just our suburban homes or the United States. There’s other cities, oceans, landscapes, and ways of life. The world doesn’t consist of just us. (Thank goodness!)
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2. It’s Really Really Fun
This is so obvious, but it still needs to be stated. Travel is just plain FUN! If you do it correctly, then you can plan a trip that is specifically designed for your personal definition of fun. Do you enjoy relaxing and reading a good book? Do you want to check out the nightlife in a major city? Do you like to be active and ski? Do you like watching Broadway or visiting museums? No matter what you do for fun, I can guarantee there’s a city out there that can help make it happen.
3. It Makes You more Open Minded
Another one of the reasons why you should travel more is that it makes you more open minded. We all have opinions, and if you’re anything like me, you love to be right. Traveling the world continuously shows me that there is more than one way to do something correctly. The culture of a new city or country shows us that different perspectives are interesting and refreshing. Your mind will soon open up in the most rewarding way.
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4. It Teaches You Things That You Never Knew You Never Knew
Pocahontas said it best when she sang; “You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” There are always things to learn and explore. Traveling to a new place is the perfect way to learn how to navigate, problem solve, appreciate history, interact with different people, and so much more.
5. It (Usually) Tastes Delicious
The lasagna in Italy doesn’t exactly taste like Olive Garden. The Subway in Ireland tastes nothing like it does in the States. McDonald’s in Switzerland is surprisingly like 5 star dining. You’re in a different city/state/country/continent. Food is going to taste different. It’s going to be weird and intimidating, but you MUST give it a try. Eating at chain restaurants exclusively will rob you of the chance to experience authentic native cuisine. So always give it a try; your taste buds will thank you!
6. It Reminds You of All the Good in Humankind
If you watch or read any world news, then it is easy to get sucked into the notion that the world is a dark and evil place filled with people who only want to hurt you. Thankfully, this isn’t true at all. The world does have mean and hurtful individuals, but it also has men and women that are brave, sacrificial, forgiving, kind, generous, and hospitable. Travel can give you a fresh perspective on humankind and help you see the goodness in others. This is why it is one of the more rewarding reasons why you should travel more. If your first interaction in a new city is a negative one, then please do not get discouraged. There are more people out there, and they will likely give you a friendly smile if you offer one to them first.
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7. It Can be thrilling or relaxing (or both!)
Sometimes all we want in a vacation is to sit back and relax. We want a getaway from our stressful and busy lives. On the other hand, there are times when we want an exciting and jam-packed trip that is full of fun activities and sightseeing. Depending upon the itinerary that you create, you can enjoy a trip that is thrilling, relaxing, or (if you want a little variety) both.
8. It shows you all of the things that you can (or can’t) live without
Materialism is rampant in the United States. According to a recent survey by Pew, 8 in 10 Americans have debt, and 7 in 10 say that “debt is a necessity in their lives.” When you get the chance to experience other cultures, you start to appreciate their values and lifestyle. Also, being away from home makes you start to miss things. And these “things” probably won’t include your designer handbags or fancy jewelry. You’ll start to realize just how important your family, friends, and pets are to you. (Maybe that big comfy bed too!)
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9. It can strengthen relationships
On that same note, it’s possible that the distance might be good for some of your (ahem how should we say this?) more delicate relationships. You know, that person that drives you crazy, and you are able to better love him or her from far away. Even if that’s not the case, it’s possible that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. And if you don’t travel solo, then you will make hilarious inside jokes and memories which will grow your relationship with that individual(s) even more.
10. It pushes you outside your comfort zone
Never been on a plane before? No problem, we were all there once. With travel, there’s basically endless possibilities for never-have-I-ever statements. That’s what makes it so fun and exciting! Get ready for a little adventure and doing something that scares you or makes you uncomfortable. Stretch yourself. You’ll be amazed at the growth that will take place.
11. It helps you figure out what you want out of life
What do you want? To see the world? To have an adventure? Maybe it’s to stay at home and never leave. If so, that’s great. You know what you want. If you don’t know, give travel a try. If you hate it, oh well, you figured it out. If you love it, awesome, welcome to the wanderlust club!
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12. It creates memories that you can treasure forever
Memories are often the most valuable thing that we ever own. It allows us to remember loved ones and think fondly back to our crazy fun adventures. It leaves us with a sense of satisfaction, like we really soaked up every ounce of this life. Experiences shape who we are, and our overall happiness with life. Let’s commit to making memories. Let’s open our eyes to what’s beyond our doorstep. There is so much out there to experience; let’s live out the reasons why you should travel more.
Do you have any more reasons to add? Why do you want to travel more? Let me know in the comments! »»