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.Traveling the world is the best form of education! #traveltheworld Click To Tweet
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.
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!
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!Travel isn't as hard as you might think! Here are 10 reasons why you should see the world! Click To Tweet
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!Traveling the world gives us so many incredible and special memories. What are your favourites? Click To Tweet
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!
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!Making memories with someone special is one of the best reasons to travel! Click To Tweet
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!
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.
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.