How travelling as much as possible can change your life
The Editorial Team
Posted on 11/04/2019
Everyone is saving up for something: a new car, a new house or even just a rainy day. But did you know that travelling has great benefits to our overall development as people and can add to our quality of life? Read on to find out how travelling can change you as a person, and how it might be the best investment of your whole life.
It develops your social skills
Social skills are important at any age, and what better way to exercise them than by meeting new people while travelling? With every destination comes new interactions, and whether you're at a remote beach or an urban cafe, you may end up in conversation with someone from a completely different culture to your own. This can be an uplifting but also challenging as you exchange stories or values from your respective upbringings. Even if you are not actively meeting new people, you'll find yourself in many situations where you'll need to talk to someone whom you've never met before! This can be an exciting prospect but also a daunting one, especially if you have been talking to the same people from work or home every day. But by mastering the art of striking up a discussion with strangers, you'll be better at making conversation and more open to new people!
It gives you confidence
During your travels you'll face challenges and need to overcome them. Whether it be difficulty organizing your belongings, trying to read a map, or asking strangers for help, each challenge you face will lead to you relying on yourself and gaining more confidence in your own abilities in the long run.
It changes your mindset
Many people have the common misconception that you need a lot of money or a lot of time to travel. In believing this myth, they're restricting themselves through internal factors rather than external ones. A lot of these falsehoods rest on a fundamentally inaccurate idea of what travel actually means. Many have been conditioned to believe that travel means far-flung locations in luxury resorts or rugged backpacking trips through remote locations, but it doesn't have to be. A city break or a weekend away still counts as travel, even if it may not look as glamorous from your point of view.
But if your heart is really set on a long, elaborate trip, it takes patience and time. If you're in the position to save, start with a little bit at a time just as you would for any other large purchase. Pay yourself before you pay anyone or anything else. It can be hard to justify saving for travel since it's an experience rather than a tangible object, but if it contributes to your personal development why not treat it the same? A busy work schedule is another reason to put off travelling, but save vacation time just as you would money and you're on the right track. Say yes to travel instead of treating it like an impossible dream.
You become more self-reliant and self-reflective
During your travels, you may be left to your own devices and forced to rely on only yourself for guidance. You'll often be making decisions or facing challenges alone. In terms of reflection, travel often forces you to become less materialistic. When you're on the road, you realize just how little need there is for physical objects, and just how much more important memories are. After all, experiences are invaluable. You may find that you're also reflecting on your own happiness, taking care to prioritize your wants and needs rather than exterior factors. Putting yourself first will also make you more relaxed and confident.
You'll become wiser
They say that experience is the best teacher, and through travel you can learn in abundance. It'll teach you about the world, human history and the many cultures our planet is home to. You can learn some of the local language, even if only new ways to say 'hello' or 'I love you'. Because you've made the effort and invested in this journey you'll naturally want to get the most out of it and make sure the trip was worthwhile.
Are you packing yet?
When you think about all the successful and happy people in the world, they share these qualities: they are confident and have a positive mindset, they take time to self-reflect, they are independent, and they're always learning. So if you're looking for a way to enrich and improve your life, why not consider making money and time for travelling? After all, we only have one life to see the whole world. Maybe it's time to live the dream and start exploring!