There’s a quote that travel is the only thing that you spend money on but it actually makes you richer. A little cliched saying yes, but true nevertheless. It makes you richer in experience, knowledge and happiness.
Think of travelling as a lifetime investment. The more we would wander, the more we would see, change and evolve. We could gain a better understanding of different parts of the world. Here, we’re going to explore some reasons as to why you should be investing in travelling more and how it can consequently benefit you.
- You Gain More Cultural Knowledge
- It Gives You A Break From Your Daily Routine
- Breaking Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Being Open-Minded
You Gain More Cultural Knowledge when you Invest In Yourself
When you travel to different countries, you interact with people from various cultures. Consequently, you end up learning about their beliefs, society and history. By observing, learning and interacting with people from different parts of the world, it destroys any negative misconceptions you might have about them.
It also minimizes stereotypes. This leads to a better understanding of how the world works and an appreciation and respect for other cultures.
Even if you’re not a history buff, visiting historical sites can inspire an interest in history. Seeing those places in real life which we’ve always read about or seen in pictures, gives us a unique perspective and learning experience.
Learning about different cultures can also give us a better understanding of our own culture. By experiencing a new culture, you would be able to see your culture through a new perspective. This would make you appreciate whatever aspect you’ve always taken granted about your own culture and what you don’t like about it.
It Gives You A Break From Your Daily Routine
By travelling, you get a break from your daily life routine which could be beneficial for both mental and physical health. Most people don’t get any physical exercise as they spend all day working, sitting behind their work desk.
In addition, the stress we face in our daily life puts a burden on our mental health.
As sight-seeing requires walking a great deal, it’s sure to make your body feel better by getting some light exercise in.
The change in routine is a great way to eliminate the boredom and pressure we face on a daily basis.
The break from the daily routine can help you gather your perspectives and could provide a fresh start for when you get back home.
What could be more crucial than knowing your self, a chance at self-discovery? Most of us go through life not knowing who we are, what we really want from life, have trouble describing ourselves. Travelling gives you the chance to discover your likes, dislikes, weaknesses.
How you adapt to a new environment, your sense of responsibility and how you handle different situations can help you in knowing yourself. Taking the points from earlier, that experiencing different cultures could help you decide what you like or dislike about your own culture.
After you get back from your adventures, you’ll know what changes you want to bring in your life or daily routine. Perhaps you’ll bring back a habit you picked during your travels and integrate it into your daily life.
Meanwhile, the new situations that you come across will make you smarter and confident. You’ll pick up some basics of a different language and learn new skills and tactics. Being in a foreign country where you know no one, leaves you responsible to look after yourself.
Breaking Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Being Open-Minded
For your travel experience to actually pay off, you have to remain open-minded and be willing to break out of your comfort zone.
For instance, most people don’t try new food cuisines and instead tend to stick to the usual food they eat back home. Sure everyone has their personal preference. But by sticking to your usual routine you’re not going to be investing in your personal growth and would miss out on a lot.
How would you know if you’re going to like something or not if you’re not willing to at least try? Instead, all you would get from your travel experience would be a few photos, the right to brag you went to a different place and a change of scenery.
Invest In Yourself