“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us” -John Steinbeck. Traveling has historically been considered one of the most telling aspects about a person -how smart they must be, how important they are, etc. Many of these assumptions still hold true today. Just think of the people you’ve met that spend their life traveling; they’re usually the life of the party, the ones that steal the show, and the people who seem the most well-rounded. So why is it, when people dream of their life, traveling is a luxury? If we put such high status on it, and have dreams of it our whole life, why don’t we just go?
It’s because we fear change. We’re afraid that going out to experience world’s foreign to our own, will show us how small we really are. The world can seem like a big place, and to think that at any point in time we could theoretically just leave and go wherever, is absolutely terrifying. But maybe its the way we’re looking at it. We always say that there are so many benefits to traveling, but I’m willing to bet that if someone asked them off the top of our head, we’d stumble over our words. So here are some thing’s to consider about traveling, and why it could be the best option for you.
- Your world view becomes much bigger. This seems a little redundant to point out (because obviously you’ll see more of the world), but I’m talking about the internal view. It allows you to step back, and see how small your problems are and gives you that space to let more things go. This makes you more peaceful within yourself, when you let go of all the internal baggage that this bigger perspective allows you to do.
- It infringes on the monotony that can come with adult life. We all fear being stuck on a schedule and routine that we seemingly can’t break free from; its why so many of us dread adult life, and leaving our ‘childhood’ behind. When you get the opportunity to travel, your changing up that routine, letting the good parts about being an adult come out, like freedom, and ability to make spontaneous decisions. Traveling gives back an aspect of life you may have forgotten about.
- You get to share you’re own culture with others. This may seem culturally-impearlistic, but when you think about how different people live all across the world, then you’re bound to find someone that wants to know about your culture, just as much as you’re curious about theirs! You’re life is wildly different from other peoples – that’s just a fact of life. When you go out and share with people who are looking for the same kind of experience you are, your able to quantify how great your small world really is, and you may find yourself feeling better about where you’re from