“Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.”
-Lisa St. Aubin de Teran
Why Travel The World
We often get to see stories of our friends on Instagram or Facebook offering us an opportunity to be live vicariously through their breathtaking and thrilling experience. They post different snaps of scenic views such as sunsets in tremendously desirable locations on the other side of the world which first amuses us, and then promotes a strong desire to travel. Meanwhile we also have a daydream about the next vacation and then the jealousy submerges. So almost everyone resonates the same generalization in some way or other.
“It’s better to see something once, than to hear about it thousand times.”
It is actually a very good decision, because leaving your comfort zone even for half an hour is a real struggle, and in cases of traveling which is totally a life shifting experience might be a key to breaking the way of thinking, the withdrawal to unhealthy routines and also promotes retreating.
So here are the reasons why you should travel the world. Let’s know it:
- SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR COMFORT ZONE
By not taking risks, you never really discover your true self. It’s only about doing what is safe and easy but how will you ever know what really makes you feel if you’ve never tried it. Travel will push you into a flurry of seemingly uncomfortable situations like forcing you to meet new people with completely different lifestyles and cultures or navigating your way around a mountain where no one speaks your native language, etc.
- TIME SLOWS DOWN
A regular routine builds strong neurological connections that over time allow for us to automate activities almost seamlessly. Think about that journey to work where not a thought is spared on the direction, forced into the present only by an obstruction. “I’ve been working here 10 years and I don’t know where the time has gone” – that’s not for me. An ever changing horizon continually breathes new experiences and within those we truly live in the moment, we are gifted with the present.
- GAIN IMPORTANT PERSPECTIVES
With nothing but your backpack filled with essentials you venture out into new cultures without access to the usual facilities and material objects you might usually take for granted. Many people live in the type of poverty that is truly unfathomable until you experience it first-hand. As a westerner I will never forget the first time I drove through Brazilian slums and without going into detail, I can assure you that television is not the same. Statistics are numbers and individual stories remain unheard. A culture shock can only positively affect you, it compels you to give back, to help out and to appreciate in innumerable ways the lifestyle upon return.
- WE ARE NOT GUARANTEED OLD AGE
Travelling is often postponed with the intentions of ‘becoming a responsible adult’ or ‘building up a real life’ in the meantime. Some even say they are savoring the opportunity for retirement. Without injecting too much personal opinion, that’s just the views of society’s norm being expressed by those who are already deeply conforming. It is your choice to live how you wish. But, if I don’t live to my forties, fifties or sixties, I can safely say that I have no regrets. Choosing to buy experiences over external objects has transformed me in so many way that I am sincerely grateful for.
- AND AT LAST
“As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small, and in return, life and travel leaves marks on you. Most of the time those marks on your body and on your heart are beautiful. Often though, they hurt.”