Traveling changed my life. It sounds dramatic but it’s true.
I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t have the guts to pack that bag and travel to Mykonos. Somewhere I had never been to before and really didn’t know much about, on a crazy adventure.
It’s also true that once you have the travel bug you never look back.
“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us”
I have a real love of travel, a passion to see new things and to visit new places.
Ok, not everyone yearns to travel. You might be perfectly happy where you are and don’t feel the need to see other countries.
Or you might long to travel but something is holding you back. Maybe you’re worried that you don’t have enough money, or you don’t have a travel buddy, or you just feel a bit too scared.
Do you dream of exploring places that seem so far away?
Do you wish you could be doing something different?
Do you wonder what the world is really like out there?
I’m not going to try to lecture you into going on a long backpacking trip but I do feel very strongly that traveling is a really rewarding experience and that everyone should try it.
“Collect moments not things”
Whether it’s a weekend city break, a beach holiday or a 6-month road trip. Travel how and where YOU want to, there are no rules.
Here are the reasons why I think everyone should travel.
Traveling is… exciting
You can’t beat the excitement of planning a trip, researching and finally booking it. I think part of the travel bug comes from the pre-trip feeling of excitement, it’s a feeling that is hard to explain. A mixture of of emotions all building up to taking that journey.
And the excitement doesn’t end there, every place you travel to, every new thing you see or experience will be exciting. This energy will power you through and allow you to see more and more amazing things.
You will… experience new things
Most experiences on your travels will be for the first time. The food you eat, the wildlife you see, the activity you join in with. Each new thing is part of the adventure and often you won’t know what’s coming next.
You will be a part of so many new things and those experiences will stay with you forever.
Traveling is… confidence building
Making the decision to travel somewhere, taking the first step and knowing that you can do this is an amazing confidence builder. Exploring a country that you have never been to before is pretty brave. Meeting other travellers, interacting with locals in a language that’s not your own or navigating your way round a strange city will only make you braver.
You will find yourself striding into places you never dreamed of visiting, starting conversations with people or volunteering for thing you never imagined doing back home.
You will… learn and grow as a person
When things don’t quite go according to plan, you feel out of your depth, or completely confused you will overcome that problem and learn from it. You will learn new skills and master new things.
Not only will you learn about the world on your travels you will learn about yourself. You will mature and grow.
Traveling is… eye opening
You will you see landscapes, beaches, towns and cities that you could only dream of. You’re no longer looking at an image of that famous travel destination you saw online or that panoramic view you saw on tv. You are seeing this for real, in real life, with your own eyes.
It’s not just the views you’ll be seeing. You will see different cultures, traditions and ways of living to your own. You will open your eyes to how other people think and feel. Giving you a greater understanding and acceptance of others.
You will… find that material things matter less
As you travel and find it easy to live without the home comforts and possessions you are normally used to. You will come to realize that material things are not so important.
You will value what really matters and learn to not take what is important for granted.
I do believe that you will ultimately live a richer life because of your travels.
And at the end of the day, what have you got to lose?
If you any questions about traveling or want to know more about my travel experiences, please get in touch.
What’s your experience of traveling? did you love it? do you have the travel bug?… feel free to share what you learnt.
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