Everyone has a different opinion about traveling, but ever so often I bump into someone who asks the typical question, “Why travel?” Whenever this happens, I always give the same reason — it’s fun, I love it, so much to see, so much to do and so forth, but beneath all those generic answers lies other reasons, which I believe are the top five reasons to travel.
1. Traveling broadens your horizons
I know this is often said, but it couldn’t be anymore true. Not only do you learn a different culture, but you also learn something you would have never learned staying in the same spot. There is so much a textbook can teach and hands on is so much better than a textbook.
2. You will meet unforgettable people
Sure you can meet people around your city, but how many of them have wrestled a crocodile or shared a meal with a lion? The more you travel, the more you will meet people who will show another world beyond your own. Observing the way people live and travel will amaze you more than you think possible.
3. Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood…
Robert Frost wrote ‘The Road not Taken’ which talks about two different roads he could have gone through, but instead he chose one and decides he will take the other road another day. Well it ends with him thinking how he will never be able to return and that someday in the future he will be telling the story of how that one road he took was life changing.
Now there are many meanings to that poem, but the way I see it is “Did he take the right road?” In life we have one choice to make — we can either be stuck at an office job or travel the world. Now I know traveling is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be if you find the right ways to travel (hence this blog). Traveling can help you decide what choices in life to make by opening your mind to different ways of thinking.
4. It will make your resume stick out
I’ve had several friends find jobs after they came back from traveling abroad. Since some people are not fortunate to be able to travel abroad, those who do, stick out. Not only do you stick out, but the experience you gain from traveling abroad sticks with you for the rest of your life and who knows it might even assist you with your new found job.
5. It brings happiness
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. You may think that where you are now makes you happy and that may be true, but there is nothing wrong with traveling and feeling even more happiness, is there? Not only will you feel happy, but you will also return back home with an even wider grin.
There’s plenty of reasons to travel, but these are my top five reasons.
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I have one friend who is always asking and trying to understand my love for travel and just can’t for the life of him grasp it. I was actually having a conversation with him about it tonight because he “can’t understand all your shifting around and stuff. People are the same everywhere.” And I was trying to explain to him how I love to see the scenery change around me all the time, that I want to meet people from all around the world and how I want to see everything and go everywhere, but it just doesn’t stick. You’ve nailed down the reasons though, and even if some people just don’t get why I’m in a new place every few weeks, all that matters is that I know why I’m doing it, and that I love it.