10 Reasons to Travel the World: How Travel Will Change Your Life

I honestly believe that there are a million reasons why everybody should get out and explore at least once in your life. Whether you’re exploring your own city or hopping on a plane to travel the world. Whichever route you decide to take, you won’t regret it. You may have some hiccups and you’ll probably miss home, but you’ll also learn so much about yourself and the world around you. Travel really is the best form of education. If schooling wasn’t compulsory, I fully support taking kids on overseas adventures, giving them once in a lifetime experiences at a young age.

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Back in March 2017, my partner Russell and I spent a month in Japan. Neither of us had ever been to a country where English isn’t the spoken language. 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, but it’s also such a great way to learn more about the world.

10 Reasons to Travel the World: How Travel Will Change your Life

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. Throughout high school, whenever someone asked me what I wanted to do with my life, I never really had an answer. I always envied the students who had something to work towards during their school years. Aiming for amazing grades, to become a doctor or a lawyer. Me? I was the kid who started off her high school experience with no friends, and ended it with barely a passing grade.

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. Sure 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. You tried really hard to teach me!). But when it comes to learning about ourselves, the people around us and the world as a whole, travel is the best option. 

Here are 10 of the best reasons why you should travel the world!

The reasons to travel vary, depending on your personality, career, interests, likes and dislikes, hobbies, background and many more unique factors. But as a whole, I truly believe that these are 10 of the best reasons why everybody should travel the world – at least once!

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! If you’re a first time traveller, check out my series created just for you!

Spending a month exploring Japan was one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had. Being able to have that experience with my amazing partner Russell, made it even more special! Travelling to new places with someone you love is (in my opinion) the best way to travel!

10 Reasons to Travel the World: How Travel Will Change Your Life

Russell and I at a Tokyo Giants baseball game! Such a cool and unique experience. The Japanese love their baseball!

2. Travel is a lot easier than most people think

A lot of people assume that traveling is hard work. Sure, it definitely can be if you let it. But generally speaking, travelling the world is super easy! This is especially true these days, with an endless amount of websites and blogs dedicated to helping people travel the world as easily as possible. There are so many resources out there, including travel agencies that will do all of the hard work for you! 

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3. We learn about ourselves, and grow as individuals 

Travel can cause a lot of complications and stressful situations. That’s pretty 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! 

10 Reasons to Travel the World: How Travel Will Change Your Life

I had dreamt about seeing snow for most of my life. Certainly for as long as I can remember. So being able to experience snow for the first time, while in Japan, made it so much more special!

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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?!

One of the things that surprised me most about Japan, was that there is a huge variety of food available! I’m a picky eater. I don’t tend to experiment too much with food, and I generally stick to what I know. But this wasn’t an issue while in Japan. Russell got to try all of the Japanese cuisine he wanted, and I found plenty of familiar Western food options to keep me happy!

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Russell loved these lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster in Dotonbori, Osaka. Japan is filled with a huge variety of food to suit anybody!

7. Making memories with someone special

Travelling with your partner or group of friends is a great way to experience new things with someone you care about. I love travelling 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!

10 Reasons to Travel the World: How Travel Will Change Your Life

One of my favourite photos of Russell and I. At the very top of the Tempozan Ferris Wheel in Osaka, Japan!

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8. You will appreciate home a lot more

There’s no denying that being able to see the world is a dream come true. No matter where you visit or who you’re with, you will always feel grateful having the opportunity to venture far from your home, and explore places not everyone will be able to explore. But for me, at the end of every trip, I’m 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! I love the feeling of landing at Adelaide Airport, knowing I’m back in my familiar surroundings, being able to look back on the memories from our most recent trip!

10 Reasons to Travel the World: How Travel Will Change Your Life

This is Semaphore Beach in Adelaide. Russell and I have been home from Alice Springs for a little over two months now, but it’s been raining most days we’ve had off together. This was our first chance to head to the beach, and we loved it!

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.

10 Reasons to Travel the World: How Travel Will Change Your Life

The weekend before we moved back to Adelaide after living in Alice Springs for 7 months!

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.

Do you agree with these reasons? Have I missed any? Make sure to tell me in the comments below! Don’t forget to share this post on social media, with a friend you’d love to travel with!

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This post was originally published in May 2017. It was updated in August 2017.

  • Love this post! It really summarizes the best reasons to travel the world!
    Although I am traveling long-term and don’t exactly have an end of a journey, I can relate to the feeling of coming home after traveling.

    • Thank you! 🙂
      That’s so awesome that you’re traveling long term, I’d love to read about your travels 🙂 I’ll check out your blog! 🙂

  • Great post! Totally agree with these reasons to travel. I love your blog too 🙂

  • A very motivating summary! I love reading these sorts of posts and getting people’s perspectives on why everyone should travel. I have been a solo traveller myself so the only point of yours I struggled with was travel is best making memories with someone special. However, that’s your opinion and your experience so I’m not quibbling that or arguing it at all. As a solo traveller I would say there is something powerful about not waiting around to find someone to share your experience with and going out and doing it all for yourself. To me, nothing beats the challenges and memories I have made as a solo traveller, but then that’s just my perspective (and if I had a certain someone to share my travels with, you wouldn’t hear me complaining!!) Great post!

    • I think solo travel is great also, I’ve done it myself! There are so many perks to traveling the world alone, and if I wasn’t in a relationship I would be doing the same! 😀
      I’m so glad you love solo travel, it’s such a great thing!
      Thanks so much for your support and kind words, I’m glad you liked the post 🙂

  • I loved this post, it’s so inspiring!
    At the moment I’m trying to inspire my younger sister to travel more, so I’ll definitely show her this one 🙂

    • Thank you so much!
      I hope it helps, and I hope you get to travel together! 😀

  • Great post! I think you’ve hit the jackpot when you said that you appreciate home a lot more. I think when we stick to our comfort zones, we don’t see how harsh it really can get out there – esp with the language barrier and cultural shock. I say this because the hardest few years I have had is seriously living abroad and just comparing how it would have been like if I was still at home! Yet, at the end of the day, if we never traveled, we would not have realized how big the world really is and how many things we still have to learn! Good post!

    • Yep, for sure! There are so many people traveling the world full time (which I dream of doing one day!), but I would still be so excited to go back home and visit!
      I think travel is different for everybody, and homesickness and the ‘what ifs’ are natural. But like you said, if we never traveled we would never be able to experience everything that we have!
      Thanks for your lovely words 🙂

  • This is lovely and couldn’t agree more! Travelling is the best <3
    I wrote about volunteering as you travel yesterday if you're interested: https://lulaaventura.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/voluntravelling-its-a-wonderful-thing/

  • Kelly

    I always love your posts but this one really speaks to my soul. I love travel and feel like wvery time I go somewhere, I become more of the person I was always meant to be. Thanks for a great read.

    • Aww thanks Kelly! 😀
      Travel is definitely the best way to grow as a person 🙂

  • Nam

    Some very valid points – especially with food and making memories. It’s important to push ourselves out of our comfort zone! It so does make us grow more as a person.

    • Thanks for your comment! It definitely does, I’m glad you agree! 😀

  • Totally agree with you – especially the story telling part. I can’t even say how many people I’ve bonded with over travel stories!!

    • It’s such a fun thing to do! I love telling travel stories, especially to people who travel lots as well! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Totally agree with all your points! Travelling is amazing! <3

  • Kat

    Excellent points! I definitely agree that travel helps us grow as individuals! Getting lost and facing stressful situations abroad has made me more resourceful and confident.

    One of my favourite things about travel is discovering new food!

    • Absolutely! It’s the best way in my opinion 😀
      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  • Awesome post and I totally agree with pretty much all of your points. I’ll never understand why people don’t want to travel!

    • Thank you! I’ll never understand it either. Oh well, their loss! 🙂

  • Travel makes us better human beings and opens our hearts and minds. Thank you for this beautiful post, every frog in the well should read this to make his/her next leap!

    • I love this! A wonderful way of describing it 🙂
      Thanks for your comment!

  • Amen, sometimes we all just need a reminder of why we’re doing this! And that epic adventures are just as likely be found in your own backyard as across the globe!

    • I love exploring my own city/town/country! Just as much fun as hopping on a plane and flying across the globe. You definitely don’t need to travel far and spend a ton of money to have an amazing time! 😀
      Thanks for your comment 😀

  • IVE always wanted to visit Japan! But I need to afford the travel first!! Love those reasons, and I couldn’t agree more ❤️

    • Japan is amazing – I hope you make it there one day! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Beautiful post and a timely reminder for me for why we do what we do! Being an expat I get super home sick sometimes, but being able to see the world and travel more regularly is worth it to me!

    • Homesickness isn’t fun, but keep reminding yourself how lucky you are to be able to see the world, and that you always have the option to return home and visit family and friends! Best part about travel 🙂
      Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Great list. I love the point about having great stories to tell. I love having conversations about travel with people and swapping stories about a place!

    • Thanks! Having stories to tell is awesome. Makes for some interesting and fun conversation! 🙂

  • What a great list! I agreee with all of it. Especially about learning and growing. So much growth happens during travels, through learning new languages, customs, and about the culture. Trying new foods. All of it impacts us in some way.

    • We learn so much, no matter how small it may seem at the time! Even learning new things about geography and where certain places are. You realise just how much you’ve absorbed, for example if someone asks where a certain country is, or what there is to see and do! I find that a lot of people are asking me questions about travel related topics. It’s awesome! 🙂
      Thanks for your comment 😀

  • Katie

    Love this post! I love that with travel you get to be exposed to so much new-ness. New sounds, sights, smells, places. It’s so refreshing to be void of a routine, learning & not knowing what’s going on, after all, variety is the spice of life right?

    • I agree! Even being away for a weekend, gives you a refreshing view on the world and reality. Being stuck in a rut is something that bothers me, while I’m home and working, saving to travel. I just wanna get out there and see everything!
      You’re definitely right, variety is the spice of life!
      Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • No 3 is my personal favourite – particularly solo travel & going out of your comfort zone! I love hiking for that same reason – it’s so challenging and makes you realise all the things you actually can do!

    • Hiking is great, especially seeing new and incredible places around the world! 🙂
      Thanks for your comment 😀

  • YES! Have you seen the thing circulating around the internet telling millenials to wait to travel? Its redic – and I think you hist the nail on the head with this particular line >> “Not everybody believes that traveling is a smart use of time and money.” I lived in Korea for a while and would say that gave me a #11 – a more robust ability to utilize my critical thinking skills. It takes a lot of brain function to move about through a different culture/landscape/language – even if you’re just stopping through!

    • That’s crazy! If anything, millenials should travel while they can. My partner and I have discussed doing the whole house thing, but not until we’ve traveled as much as possible!
      I find that it’s the grandparent age of people who don’t see travel as a smart use of time and money. It certainly does, you have to adapt to different environments, languages, locations. It takes a lot of understanding and patience!
      Thanks for your comment! 😀

  • These points are all SO true! Travel has changed me a great deal and has definitely shaped the person I am today. Thanks for sharing and keep on traveling! 🙂

    • I’m so glad! Travel is amazing in so many ways 🙂
      Thank you for your comment! 🙂

  • This post is so great! And so true! Travel really is the best thing in the world isn’t it? It has definitely made me a different (and I think, better) person. And learning new languages is so fun!!!!

    Eryn, Diaries From The Window Seat

  • Awesome. I hope you will inspire people to travel. I agree that it makes us better, especially more open-minded and tolerant. I learnt so much by travelling.

    • Thank you so much! I hope so to 🙂
      It’s amazing how much we can learn by traveling, we’re pretty lucky! 🙂

  • Christina Guan

    AHH I love this list SO much. I’ve always had trouble articulating the value of travel, especially around people who don’t really “get it” you know? I.e. people who see travel as just a beach holiday, which is so far from what I like. Amazing post <3

    • I know what you mean! It’s crazy to me that travel is such a strange concept to some people. Like, how are there people out there who don’t crave getting on a plane (or in their car!) and traveling somewhere new?!
      Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Can i give you a virtual high 5 Rhiannon? 🙌

    Yes, yes & yes to all those reasons why Travel is the best decision and investment you can ever make!

    Sometimes you don’t even need to go to the other side of the planet to explore.

    It can be another ‘hood, city, state, province, area, you get it.

    The whole point is for anyone to get out of their comfort zone and experience something new.

    For those of us who want more of life and work, save and reward ourselves with a trip abroad, it is quite exciting yet facing the unknown is a motivating challenge is it not?

    Of course we have to go with a positive attitude and learn as much as possible because wherever you go, you will learn a lot and bring it back with you.

    Those precious & priceless memories will stay with you forever!

    To travel is to live, well live it up to the max 😊

    • Hi Karla, I would LOVE a virtual hi 5! haha 😀
      I agree, even taking a weekend trip to the beach can be just what the doctor ordered! You can see so much in one weekend, even in your own city. Sometimes people don’t realise that, I think!
      Thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad you agree with what I wrote, and I love the way you look at travel, it’s so refreshing! 🙂

  • Loved your article! So true that travel is easier than most people think, and travel really does make you appreciate all the little things!

    • Thanks so much! Very true. For a long time I always thought travel was super difficult and too expensive, but that’s not the case! Thanks for your comment 🙂