Why Should You Travel?
We live and breathe travel and we always talk about our undying love for it. The benefits of traveling are not just a one-time thing: traveling changes you physically and psychologically. You can travel to explore, to escape your daily lives, to relax, to step outside your comfort zone and shake things up.
While traveling can be exciting and exhilarating, it’s so much more than sipping margaritas on a sun-soaked beach. We humans, possess an extraordinary virtue of seeing, experiencing and learning from it, and this is precisely what makes our journeys more satisfying and enriching. If you’re just starting to think about why you should travel, or you’re looking for reasons to travel, then we’re here to help. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should travel the world:
Whether it’s learning a new language or learning about an area’s history, travel allows us to learn so many different things. Language is the most powerful tool ever invented – our understanding of the world depends on our ability to describe it. The more we learn, the more we’ll be able to communicate with an entirely new group of people. Travel allows us to do away with ignorance and prejudice, and find common ground with people who might appear to be very different from us.
When we explore other countries, we start to understand why the people there might do certain things or act in certain ways. We become educated in the diverse cultures and ways of life. The more we see of the world, the more we’ll be challenged to figure things out along the way and our organizational skills will be sharpened. Discovering new cultures and people from all over the world will develop our confidence more than anything else. We might even discover something we’re truly passionate about, and take our life in an entirely new direction.
Apart from the obvious fact that we don’t have to go to work, traveling gives us the opportunity to step away from the daily grind. The new events and experiences help rewire our brain, hence boosting our mood and self-confidence. Thus, taking a break from the daily hustle and bustle is essential for our mind to relax, recharge and rejuvenate. Even the act of planning a trip gives us something to look forward to and brings us happiness.
Traveling more is likely to have a tremendous impact on our mental well-being, especially if we’re not used to going out of our comfort zone. Traveling provides an escape…it makes us a passenger in other people’s existence instead of our usual position as the driver of our own life. Traveling forces us to temporarily disconnect from our normal routine, helping us appreciate the people and things we have around. Above all, traveling and getting away from our homes enables us to spend some time with our own selves. It makes us more sensitive and more tolerant towards others, and also teaches us to live life to the fullest.
Try Amazing Food
Food is an essential part of life and community. Food is powerful. You’re wondering how food can be powerful, right? It’s simple. Eating utilizes all five senses. Not only do you taste your food, you also touch it, smell it, devour it with your eyes and listen to it sizzle in the pan. Have you ever noticed how even the faint aroma of something you ate on a vacation instantly takes you back to the moment you experienced it?
You’re in a heightened state of being whenever you interact with food, so it stands to reason that intentionally experiencing food while you’re traveling will increase the intensity of the memories you build. Cuisine is a conglomeration of many different subcultures in most of the countries around the world. Sure, you could have opened a textbook and read of the history that bring all of those cultures together, but then you wouldn’t have experienced it first-hand and taken home all of those priceless memories. Food is a great way of understanding and connecting with other cultures, as are local art and music because these are all expressions of humanity and our experience of it. Food has the ability to shape your journey and define your memories.
People who travel have stories to tell, because they lived, they’ve seen places, they’ve met people…life happened to them. People think back on the unforgettable safari in Africa, the time they got lost in New York City and found the best hot dog vendor, or how they met their husband on a cruise. If we travel with friends and family members, traveling helps us build stronger bonds and make lifelong memories.
No matter how insignificant it may seem, the fact that we’ve had an experience abroad, something that was out of the ordinary, creates a memory that we will remember for a long time. Years later, we still remember everything in detail: because traveling makes a real impression on us. Our travels will always be with us, and when we need something to cheer us up, they can be a valuable resource for reminding us how good life can be.
Good for Business
To develop new neural connections that trigger original and creative thoughts, we must explore new places and break out of our daily routine. It is not unlikely that we end up with a job that has us travel for business or take part in conference calls with international business partners. In our globalizing world it is important to be culturally sensitive. Being aware of cultural values and norms is not only fascinating, but can help us understand international issues and conflicts, or even relate to the cultural norms of a foreign business partner. It is an important skill to be able to shift perspectives and see where someone else is coming from.
You can’t connect entrepreneurial ecosystems by phone. It’s business critical to get out and shake some hands…talk to other entrepreneurs, partners, customers, your next idea may come from a conversation or experience that you had while traveling for business. A Chinese proverb says, “Don’t listen to what they say, go see.” One of the main reasons why business travel is important is the personal interaction that builds good foundations for a future or existing relationship.
As TS Eliot wrote in the Four Quartets: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything. Travel, in other words, is a basic human desire.
We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. Remember, you only live once, so start traveling to different places and get some life-altering experiences. Now that you’ve finished reading about all the wonderful things travel does to you, it’s time to pack your bags and get in touch with us for a curated experience!