“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer,” someone said. I could not agree more.
Traveling enriches your life on multiple levels. It lets you do things you have never done before. You meet new people, immerse in diverse cultures, and learn more about yourself.
In this article, we unveil the top five reasons why people love to travel.
- Meeting Different Cultures
Traveling exposes you to diverse cultures and traditions. Through authentic encounters, you learn to appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity.
That way, you will gain new viewpoints and respect for different ways of life. Your beliefs will start to change.
The valuable lessons you learn along the way expand your perspective. They make you more aware and open to new things. By familiarizing yourself with differences, you learn that different is not necessarily better or worse. That helps you reevaluate your attitudes and change them if needed.
- Gaining Fresh Experiences and Relationships
Have you ever heard of experiential learning? In this learning process, you learn by doing and reflecting on your past experiences.
Travel is a perfect example of experiential learning. It is proof that learning often goes beyond traditional classroom settings. It is the opportunity to grow intellectually, creatively, emotionally, and socially.
Traveling lets you experience everything you learned about geography, history, languages, biology, and gastronomy. By traveling, you enrich your mind and gain new perspectives. Visiting diverse world’s locations educates you more than any textbook or travel guide. It is the opportunity to immerse yourself in vibrant landscapes, taste the local dishes, delve into local history.
- Learning to Appreciate what You Have
Our hectic personal and professional daily lives often prevent us from appreciating some core aspects of our lives. We tend to undervalue our wellbeing, families, homes, workplaces, etc.
By meeting new cultures and traditions, you will gain a fresh appreciation of what you already have. Sometimes, you need to go to a distant place to understand the value of your life.
Traveling is also a chance to reflect on your life. You will have enough time to let your mind wander and, therefore, you will gain new perspectives.
Above all, you will come back knowing yourself better and understanding what you expect from yourself in the future. Gaining new experiences is also an opportunity to change your life. During a brief trip to the mountains, I realized that a busy city lifestyle does not make me happy anymore. If you’re like me, you may consider selling your apartment in the city and find a home for sale in the mountains.
- Boosting Satisfaction and Self-Confidence
Visiting different places around the globe lets you step away from your daily responsibilities and routines. New experiences help rewire your brain, increase your self-confidence, and boost your morale. Every vacation evokes positive feelings in you and triggers excitement.
For some, even the mere process of vacation planning gives them something to look forward to. Research studies claim the same. According to a survey by Cornell University, the anticipation of a trip increases one’s happiness more than purchasing something more tangible.
- Recharging your Batteries
Hectic schedules at work, complicated relationships, real-time availability via social networks, no ‘me’ time. Have I just described your life in a few words? Our desire to accomplish everything and wear multiple hats at a time often leads to increased stress, anxiety, and burnout.
Travel is the opportunity to disconnect from the pressure modern technologies create. You can forget about your everyday problems and recharge your batteries.
Sure, the idea of rejuvenating and relaxing is different for everyone. While some would opt for a peaceful white-sand beach in Hawaii, for others that may be hiking or nature walking. Whichever destination you choose, let the sensations overwhelm you. Disconnect from your social networks and IM apps for a few days and enjoy your desired activities. Instead of trying to take the perfect photo, live in the moment and relax.
Sure, those are just some of the numerous reasons why you should travel. Travel is no luxury. It is a necessity for everyone wanting to meet new cultures, make friendships, and gain fresh perspectives. Most importantly, you will also break your normal routine and recharge your batteries. That way, traveling always reminds you that your life is precious and teaches you to appreciate it more.