I could sit here and tell you a million reasons why I think everybody should get out and explore at least once in their life. Whether that means exploring your own city, or hopping on a plane and travel the world. Whichever you decide, you won’t regret it. You’ll also learn so much about yourself and the world around you!
Russell and I recently returned home to Australia from spending a month in Japan. I had never been to a country where the language spoken wasn’t English. So it was quite a different experience for both of us. It’s definitely challenging, having to communicate with people who don’t speak the same language as you, but it’s also such a great way to learn more about the world.
If someone had asked me five years ago what I wanted to do with my life, I wouldn’t have had an answer for them. I have never really known what I wanted to do when I ‘grew up’. We always get asked when we’re young, and then again towards the end of our four years at high school. But really, how many of us actually know at that age? How many of us have a goal that we are working towards when we’re so young? If you do, you’re lucky.
Not everybody believes that traveling is a smart use of time and money. But what those people don’t understand, is that travel is the greatest form of education possible. Of course, you can sit at a school desk for 12 years, being force fed math equations and scientific terms that none of us remember as soon as we graduate. Personally, if calculators didn’t exist, I’d be screwed. I still don’t know all of my times tables (sorry mum). But when it comes to learning about ourselves, the people around us and the world as a whole, travel is the best option.
There are so many great things about traveling. Curious? Keep reading! I’m going to give you 10 reasons why you should travel the world.
Here are 10 of the best reasons why you should travel the world!
1. Experiencing new places
In this day and age, we are lucky to be able to book a flight and be anywhere in the world in under 24 hours. So what better way is there to experience new places, than to travel the world? Choose a destination, create an itinerary and begin your next adventure!
2. Travel is a lot easier than most people think
A lot of people assume that traveling is hard work. Sure, it can be if you let it. But generally speaking, traveling the world is super easy! These days especially, with all of the blogs (like me!) and websites dedicated to helping people travel as easily as possible, it’s a super simple process.
3. We learn about ourselves, and grow as individuals
Travel can cause a lot of complications and stressful situations. That’s sort of inevitable when you travel the world and explore places you’ve never been, surrounded by languages you don’t speak. But throughout the challenges we face, we learn a lot about ourselves. Those difficult situations make us stronger, and that’s one of the most important lessons we can learn! Being able to return home after a period of time in a new place, having changed and become better people, is something that we shouldn’t take for granted!
4. Travel teaches us new languages
One of the most satisfying things about traveling to a foreign country, is being able to comfortably communicate a phrase or sentence in a different language! By the time Russell and I left Japan, we could communicate pretty decently using the handful of words and phrases we had learnt during our month long visit! You won’t come home being fluent in the language, but even knowing a few words can open up opportunities you didn’t even know existed!
5. Everybody loves to have a good story to tell!
Seeing the world gives us an endless amount of stories to tell. Even small things that happen while traveling, we remember at the most random of times. A song will come on the radio that reminds us of something that happened while traveling, and we’ll tell anybody who will listen! People love to hear travel stories, just don’t be that person who constantly brags about all the places you’ve been!
6. Discovering new food
I’m personally not a foodie. But Russell loves to try new things and experiment with different types of foods. Traveling is the perfect way to be able to try absolutely anything! If there’s a particular type of cuisine that you love (Chinese, Thai, Japanese etc) what better reason is there to visit the country and experience the food first hand?!
7. Making memories with someone special
Traveling with your partner or group of friends is a great way to experience new things with someone you care about. I love traveling with Russell. We have made so many wonderful memories, and have an endless amount of photos to remember our travels for years to come! There are some people who swear by solo travel, which I’ve also done myself. But to me, traveling with someone special is the best way to see the world!
8. You will appreciate home a lot more
There’s no denying that it’s a dream come true seeing the world. But for me, at the end of every trip, I am always excited to head home. That doesn’t mean I don’t love to travel, and it certainly doesn’t mean I didn’t have an amazing time wherever in the world I was. But being in a foreign country where everything is new and different, makes us realise how simple life really is back home. There’s nothing wrong with appreciating your home, even if you have the ability to travel anywhere your heart desires. It’s called home for a reason, right?!
9. Rest and relaxation
Whether you work full time, part time or not at all, it’s always important to occasionally escape from reality. Regardless of your everyday routine, there are always stresses in our lives. Travel allows us to escape from those difficult situations. Being able to rest and relax, whether it’s for a week, a month or even a year, does the world of good.
10. Travel changes us for the better
The above 9 reasons are just scratching the surface as to how travel improves our lives and makes us better people. Don’t let somebody who doesn’t agree with your decision to see the world, stop you from living your dream! Whether you take a road trip in your own city, or hop on a plane and fly across the world. Just go for it! There are always going to be more opportunities to make money and settle down. But if you are craving travel with every inch of your body, listen! Book that flight. I dare you.
I haven’t seen too much of this incredible planet of ours. There is still so much I want to explore and experience. It’s my goal with this blog, to not only share my own personal experiences and advice with you all, but I also want to inspire as many people as I can, to get out there and see the world.
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