Some see travel as a luxury but I see it as a necessity. The personal growth and cultural experience gained through it is so richly unparalleled to anything else we can acquire during our lives. Traveling as a whole simply gives us a unique perspective that we can’t get anywhere else while making us wiser individuals. In our very short time here on Earth it is important that we fill it with fulfilling things which we can look back on and smile.
1. Cultural Experience
Experiencing a culture is almost a surreal phenomenon. Stepping into another person’s society and attempting to understand their way of life is a skill which is not understood well enough. After having visited many cities and experienced many cultures it has taught me to respect the nuances of different lifestyles and has helped me learn to accept others despite the fact that their beliefs may be different.
No matter where you go in the world there is never a shortage of breathtaking sights to devour with our eyes. Sightseeing is a fundamental part of why you can never travel enough because for one reason or another the gratification we receive when seeing the beauty of this world is a ceaseless happiness for our minds.
3. Food Tasting
Food tasting is another part of the cultural experience. Having grown up on an American homegrown diet I had become accustomed to so many things which were not readily available in other places. With that said there were so many other dishes I had never tried before because of the fact that I was raised in America. It is that cross exchange of culinary expertise that makes food an important factor in living a life filled with traveling.
4. Life Adjustments
Traveling a lot teaches you how to be flexible. Schedules and time zones change from country to country. That is also without mentioning that airports, flights, and luggage terminals come with their own set of complications too. This is precisely why traveling a lot is important though. It keeps us regularly on our feet and ready for life adjustments both at home and on the road when we are out in the world.
5. Learning to improvise
Being able to improvise is almost a necessary skill during traveling. When you are out on the road things almost never go completely as planned thus forcing you to make spur of the moment decisions. Anything from changing dinner plans to changing itineraries completely traveling will help hone your improvisation skills.
6. Dealing with people
Dealing with people is an important trait in life and no better way to learn it than through traveling. From the people at the airport to the people speaking a completely foreign language while serving your food this is a skill which will make you more concise in how you approach others. You will also realize that between the cultural and language barrier it may be very difficult at times to communicate. The patience learned from those problems is an invaluable trait to possess nowadays.
7. Making memories
A lot of the wisest people in life have said that it isn’t money that buys you happiness it is your memories instead. I am a firm believer in this fact too. In a world where money has become so transient in our lives memories are the only thing we truly get to take with us as we age. Whether it was that trip with your best friend or your lover it is moments like those which we can reflect on later down the road in our lives.
It may not seem intuitive but traveling frequently actually makes us pretty efficient. From time management to packing our bags and planning out our trip in its entirety traveling teaches us how to make the most of the least. This is useful because it can translate over to our real life when we are at home or work. Yes we won’t be packing any bags at work but staying in an efficient mindset will help us stack up those responsibilities as we knock them out in short order.
In the modern world it is easy to get overstimulated. Traveling is great because it allows us to take a step back at any time and just relax. Sometimes we need a little bit of careless fun in our lives given the stress of our normal everyday jobs.
10. Learning appreciation
The ultimate reason for traveling is the idea of learning appreciation as that is something we can never have enough of in our lives. Not only does traveling teach us to appreciate our money and our home town but it also teaches us how to appreciate the world we live in. One of the greatest things a person can do is to get out and go traveling. It will give you a sincere admiration of the sheer beauty of the world we live in as we forge new memories and learn new things.