Today more than ever it feels like the world is literally at your fingertips and you can virtually go anywhere you want without even needing to leave the safety of home. So, why travel? Travel is a powerful tool for creating a better world and citizens who celebrate our planet’s diversity. In our ideal world, everyone would have the chance to go somewhere new at least once. But even beyond making the world a better place, there are many good reasons to travel as often as you can.
New experiences: Routine is the killer of the soul, and there’s nothing better than the feeling of experiencing something new in a new place. Whether it’s to a new state or a whole new continent, traveling somewhere you’ve never been before is a great way to get out of the same ol’ same ol’ of daily life and rejuvenate the imagination. When you get back home, you’ll feel refreshed and charged to take on the challenges of life.
Food - and other cultural 'stuff': Plates of native food and cocktails on a table, a full English breakfast, an authentic chicken tikka - these all taste better in their home country, and one of the best things about traveling is unashamedly eating anything and everything you can’t get back home. Food is a great way of understanding and connecting with other cultures, as are local art and music because these are all expressions of humanity and our experience of it.
Je ne sais quois: There’s something about travelling – maybe it’s the newness, maybe it’s the challenges that come up – that makes people connect with each other on a level that seems to transcend the rules of regular society. If you’re traveling alone, you get to "bond" with yourself as you navigate you way around, and you’re also more open to meeting new people who can end up being friends for life. If you’re traveling with your friends or loved ones, the experiences on the road tend to bring you closer together as you make memories and overcome obstacles together.
Gaining a sense of perspective and appreciation: Visiting a new place is a good way to look at your own life and see it from the other side, so to speak. Seeing places where people have different rights, different incomes, and different ideas will make you challenge your own experiences and opinions and help you appreciate the good in your life that it’s often so easy to take for granted.
Opening your mind: There is just no denying that travel is essential to opening the mind. As you meet different people, have new experiences, and visit foreign places, the reality of these things shatter any preconceived ideas you might have had before. You’ll see people as people just like you and not as stereotypes based on geography, and that there’s more to famous cities than their well-known sights. The challenges, the kindness of strangers, and the beauty and diversity of the natural world will only make you more open and accepting of different ways of thinking and being.
Making memories: This one is a little cliché, but it’s true: no one looks back on their life and wishes they’d upgraded their iPhones more regularly. They think back on the unforgettable train ride in Europe, the time they got lost in New York and found the best hot dog vendor, or how they met their husband at a hostel. Your travel experiences will always be with you, and when you need a pick me up, they can be a valuable resource for reminding you how good life can be.
Some more reasons to travel (garnered from recent polls and surveys):
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