To travel is to live, they say. I’d agree with that saying. There is so much out there to see, do, and experience. If you don’t make time to travel, soak up other cultures, familiarize yourself with the world around you, and bask in nature’s glory, how can you say that you’re living a full life? If you don’t travel you’ll instead drastically limit the experiences and opportunities that this amazing planet has to offer. So, below I’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons why you should consider traveling more this year.
1. Your life isn’t supposed to be spent in a cubicle.
So many people spend their entire lives working, working, working. Next thing they know, they are 65 and ready to really experience the world through travel and retirement. It’s called the societal trap. You’re told to get good grades, go to college, get a job, and color in between the lines until you can retire. Does that sound like a fulfilling life to you?
2. You can face your fear of the unknown.
An overwhelming majority of people let fear of the unknown stop them from pursuing their dreams. That fear usually manifests itself in the form of excuses. Do yourself a favor and just let it go. It’s been said that every action we take comes from one of two places, fear or love. Start taking more actions that stem from the love you have for life, travel, and relationships. Start today.
3. You’ll break out of your comfort zone.
It’s no easy feat to let go, face your fears, and live a full, loving, exceptional life. That’s sad, because it doesn’t need to be so hard. Life ain’t that heavy man! You just need to make a start by doing things that make you uncomfortable. That’s where true growth comes from.
4. Everyone and every place has a story.
The world has been here for a long time before you came around. It will be here for a long time after you’re gone. It’s up to you to learn it’s story and add your chapter to it. Have you made an effort to better the world and it’s people?
Yeah, you can order Chinese takeout from down the street, but haven’t you ever wanted to eat Chinese food in China? No, we can’t all be Anthony Bourdain, but you can do your pallet a favor and experience delicacies from different countries.
6. You’ll learn about what’s essential to you.
We carry around a ton of shit that we simply do not need. You may think you need those Louboutin’s, but you really don’t. You may think it’s worthwhile to hold on to the resentments you have against people, but it’s really not. You’ll find through traveling that a simple life is the best kind that you can live. Take what you need and leave the rest.
7. Travel will help you find your calling.
You’ll realize that the world is riddled with problems and you’ll be inspired to provide a solution to one of them. You’ll realize that there is always going to be someone out there who has a void that you can fill. Whether that be through words of encouragement, a business, or random acts of kindness, whatever it may be - it’s up to you. You’ll know your calling when it presents itself to you.
8. You’ll learn the power of kindness.
The ability to stick your hand out to a stranger, be kind to them, and make a friend CAN be learned. You’ll just have to jump in with both feet on this one. It’s not always easy and sometimes it can be quite embarrassing, but the potential rewards are love and friendship. The two most important things in the entire world can come from something as small as a handshake and a kind word or two. Travel forces you to learn this skill, less you be a lonely traveler.
9. Travel opens your mind.
You’ll realize that the world is a very big place and also a very small place at the same time. Human beings generally want the same things out of life: to be free, to be happy, to be loved. As you go along your journey, you’ll notice that everyone deserves those things, but not everyone gets to have them. This conclusion teaches you to be mindful of other people and their journey and not to judge others because you don’t know their story yet.
10. You’ll make memories.
Some of our best memories come from moments spent traveling. You’ll remember how fresh the air is in the mountains, how cool the water felt on a hot summer day, and how alive you felt on your journey. Memories and relationships are what gives meaning to life, so what are you waiting for? Get packing!
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