“You’re going Travelling? Good for you, do it whilst you’re young, it’s the best thing you can do at your age” – Many people
Taking the plunge to travel is a great opportunity learn some valuable life experience. Take what you want from it, It’s your responsibility. I don’t proclaim to be full of wisdom or knowledge, but it’s important to recognise how beneficial travelling can be to developing yourself as a character.
1. Challenge yourself.
Anyone else sick of taking part in the same mundane routine of daily life? Does work, eat, sleep, repeat sound familiar? I for one can feel myself going insane at the prospect of each day being a carbon copy of the day before.
Taking the decision to travel will certainly throw a few challenges your way. It’ll be a chance to push yourself to see what you’re truly capable of. Each challenge you face will teach you something new, it’ll help you grow as a person and you’ll learn a lot about yourself. How can you expect to better yourself if you never face new challenges. Besides, doesn’t it feel exhilarating when you accomplish something completely different?
2. Experience new cultures.
“I’m from the UK, how can the likes of America’s or Australia’s culture be any different to ours?”
No matter where you travel, there’s always something to learn or teach.
Living in the UK, I’ve been subjected to western culture for my whole life and naturally it can make you ignorant towards other cultures. We go on blissfully unaware of the way other people live, content with our own daily routine. Travelling to the likes of China or India for example, you’ll experience a huge strain on your senses. The sounds, the smells, the sights and the tastes. Take the chance to learn their values and customs, discover local music, food and learn their traditions and history. It’s all valuable experience and it’ll make you more aware and understanding as a person.
3. Meet new people.
Often travelling is made more memorable by the people you meet and the experiences you share with each other.
Once you’ve put your social anxiety to one side and plucked up the courage to talk to somebody, sharing stories and experiences with others can be one of the most fulfilling parts of travelling. Talking to people is how you’re going to find the best places to eat, the best places to visit and the best places to stay. Also opportunities may arise such as travelling with a new group and before you know it, you’ve made friends all over the world and perhaps friends for life!
4. See new sights.
Our world is extremely diverse, whether by nature or by man. There’s so much to see and you’re not going to see any of it by sitting at home watching your favourite TV series. Explore foreign cities, visit the historical remains of ancient civilisations, or how about visiting natural wonders such as mountains, rain-forests and waterfalls. The world is a beautiful place, you’d be a fool not to see it.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails” – Mark Twain
Life’s complicated, it’s full of responsibilities and unforeseen circumstances. So if you’ve got the opportunity to do it, you should. Do it before you commit yourself to other responsibilities such as a mortgage, a job or even worse … children.
I’ve spoken to many adults who wished they had travelled whilst they had the opportunity. For them it’s near on impossible for them now, and it makes me sad to think they’ve missed out, so please, if you’re seriously in the position to do it, stop making excuses and go and see the world, you’ll only regret not doing it.
6. Ditch your comfort zone.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch
I suppose this one is directly linked to challenging yourself, especially as exiting your comfort zone is one of the hardest challenges to face for anyone. We are creatures of habit, we like routine where there’s no risks involved, life is easier. And I get it, some people are perfectly happy in their own little bubble, but for me that way of life is not stimulating enough. Taking on a challenge like travelling will expose you to certain situations that you might not be comfortable with, but this is where you’ll grow as a person, it builds character, it builds life experience and over coming these fears and tough situations will build confidence within yourself. So ditch your comfort zone and start living!
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