Reasons to Travel in 2019
Travel is about seeing new places. But underneath it is so much more, opening your horizons to experience completely different cultures, cuisines and landscapes. It’s the transformation that takes place within that is often the strongest evidence of why travel is important. The benefits of traveling changes you physically and psychologically. By taking a break from your daily life, unplugging from the pulls and pushes of technology and engaging in new activities in new places, you have an easier opportunity to release unwanted habits. Here’s more of why you should travel in 2019.
Change your perspective and find direction.
Traveling exposes you to different situations you may not be used to, such as poverty and crime. To actually experience seeing poverty, is much different than hearing about it. Nowadays, some people wouldn’t be caught buying a pair of $5 shoes that aren’t branded or in style. But in some countries, many children are barefooted and are exposed to many health diseases. A simple pair of shoes no matter the price or brand would bring them joy. It will change your perspective on what is meant to help, what is meant to help others, what is meant to help cohesively and create an impact on people’s lives.
As a traveler, you discover new interesting places and you also experience different cultures that you weren’t aware of. Being more understanding and tolerant about a culture different than ours is a benefit of traveling. You also start to realize the importance of the littlest things like your comfy bed, home cooked meals, and friends and family that we often take for granted.
You’ll get out of your comfort zone.
As young people most of us have a pretty established comfort zone. You have your established friends, activities, hangouts and possibly jobs. We become comfortable in these daily roles and the idea of breaking out of them can be scary and uncomfortable. In our daily routines, you know how to act and respond to people and your surroundings. Being in a new a place, with different people, who hold different values and go about life different strips all the familiarity away. It’s important to embrace the discomfort when traveling, because it is helping you grow.
Traveling makes you smarter.
Try getting used to picking up new words in a different language every time you travel, and you will see improvements in your brain capacity. Even more than just languages, traveling helps you learn about yourself. You might run into challenging situations where you need to be resourceful and think differently. You will see that you will develop a new set of skills that you didn’t suspect you had within you.
Helps build confidence.
Conquering the obstacles of figuring out how to use public transit in a foreign country or asking for simple things in a grocery store will help you build confidence and your ability to adapt in foreign situations. You will realize that you can do things, despite the obstacles and suddenly the obstacles seem less obstructive and more like welcomed challenges.