Think of the topic that comes up the most when you are out with a group of friends on a Friday night, now think about this specific childhood friend whom you ran into last month during your school’s reunion and couldn’t help but think, “Wow, this girl is living the dream!” You will surely find that the common denominator here is “Travel.” You spend nights on end crammed up in an office for one purpose only, to have enough money to travel on your vacation days. If you are like most of the people burdened with financial commitments from credit card debts to rent and school fees; you probably find yourself struggling to save some extra cash every month to be able to afford your next summer trip. Traveling is not only an outlet to unwind and have fun; it can be absolutely life changing, here is how:
● It Changes You From The Inside
And not only in the romanticized sense where you feel like a new person when wandering around a new city conversing with foreigners in their mystical language. But rather, in the more practical one; from the moment you decide to go on a new trip, you switch on your “adult-mode” where you become a more responsible goal-oriented person. You start learning about Travel Hacking techniques in order to work out the best travel deals without going bankrupt. You track your expenses and work out where to make some needed cuts; you decide to watch Italian movies to familiarize yourself with the language since you will be spending the whole summer there. It literally expands your horizons and opens your eyes to new ways of spending days leading up to your trip.
● You Become More Accepting
Even if you do not spend more than a few days in each country you visit; interacting with the locals and immersing yourself in their culture will make you appreciate the differences we all have as human beings. You will realize that just because you do things a certain way, it does not mean that it is the only way or even the right one. In fact, you will understand that there is no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to traditions. You feel so far from home, yet, so humanly connected with other humans regardless of nationality or race.
● Opens The Door To New Ideas
Our best ideas come at times of inspiration. And there is nothing more inspiring than walking along with a scenic view with glorious mountains in the backdrop to get your creative juices flowing. You will surely come up with tons of new ideas for your personal life as well as your career. Grabbing a snack from one of the street vendors while on a night walk, is a business opportunity in itself, you might decide to bring this exotic food back home and start up your own business producing and selling it in local markets.
● Creates Life Memories
Traveling is good for your emotional well-being. Moments you spend with your family on trips abroad will be cherished forever. The laughter you share with your parents and memories of playing on the beach with your siblings will live on as happy thoughts that you get to revisit in your mind when life gets tough. Pictures from the first time you traveled with your best friend and stayed up all night talking about your dreams are hanging on your family room walls to give you that fuzzy feeling of warmth and coziness. These are all priceless times that make up the stories we get to tell our grandchildren later on.
● Gives You A Breather
Every once in awhile, we all need to break free from our daily routines and go on some new adventures, to see new people, walk down new streets and even smell new scents. When you are away on vacation, rules do not apply; kids will tell you how they love traveling because they get to eat what they want and stay up late, but the same goes for us adults! That croissant you normally berate yourself for devouring on your way to work turns into an everyday staple in your breakfast when you are away. Traveling will give you the chance to take the break you need to recharge and be able to get back to your life when the time comes.
Everyone is meant to travel, do not let your mind trick you into thinking that you can’t afford it or that you have better ways of spending your time and money. Because frankly, you don’t!