Traveling is wonderful in many ways. It captures us with a sense of wanderlust and has us longing for more destinations to visit, cultures to experience, food to eat, and people to meet. As amazing as traveling is, most of us think we need to wait until our later years to really explore a lot of the world. Here are 8 wonderful benefits of traveling in this article so you can take the leap of faith youâ€™ve been waiting for.
Youâ€™ll find a new purpose
As you travel youâ€™re exposed to more new people, cultures, and lifestyles than you are living in your homeland all the time. With all the newness in your life, youâ€™re also opened to new insights, ways of seeing the world and living, which often gives people a new purpose for their lives. If youâ€™re feeling stuck on what your purpose is, what you want to do with your life, the career or educational path you want to pursue, go travelâ€¦you might just be surprised about what you discover as a new sense of life purpose and direction.
Youâ€™ll appreciate your home more
When we spend time away from home, especially in a place where we donâ€™t have the same luxuries readily available to usâ€¦like a village in Fiji that runs without electricityâ€¦we become more aware and appreciative for the luxuries we have back at home. In other parts of the world, like India and Ethiopia, people donâ€™t have as much access to clean drinking waterâ€¦especially from whatâ€™s readily available on tap. Traveling through areas like that really make us appreciate what we do have, and often can spark the movement of something to support people living there experience a greater quality of life.
Youâ€™ll realize that your home is more than just where you grew up
The more we travel, the more we realize that our home is so much more than the town, city, state and even country that weâ€™ve grown up in; we realize that our home is the world, this planet, and we become more conscious of how we can harmoniously live and support one another.
Youâ€™ll realize how little you actually knew about the world
When we travel, we may notice that some of the things weâ€™ve heard about the world end up being very different than what we were indoctrinated and conditioned to believe. Many of the initial myths that get dispelled are often about traveling itself. Where you once may have thought it was too expensive and dangerous, you may realize how you can actually save more on your lifestyle expenses traveling the world than you do living at home. You may also realize how kind and friendly strangers can be, and how they are even willing to take care of you with a place to sleep at night. Beyond that, you have the whole world to learn about with every place you discover, every person you meet and every culture you experience.
Youâ€™ll realize that we all share similar needs
Tony Robbins, American entrepreneur, philanthropist and business strategist, has said many times that no matter what your background is, all human beings share 6 common needs: certainty, uncertainty/variety, significance, connection/love, growth, contribution. As you travel more, you notice the truth of this even moreâ€¦and as that happens, you are more adept in being able to relate to people regardless of their background.
Youâ€™ll realize that itâ€™s extremely easy to make friends
It is easy to make friends while traveling. Something magical happens in how people can show up more raw and real when theyâ€™re out of their conditioned environment and open to express themselves without feeling judged. That rawness and realness ends up inspiring others to be authentic, and thatâ€™s how you can become best friends with people when youâ€™ve only known them for a few hours.
Youâ€™ll experience the interconnectedness of humanity
Just as we notice how we share similar needs, how our perspective of our home expands, and how we become close friends with others from different backgrounds and cultures, we begin to realize how we are all connected. This state of awareness is a jump in consciousness, that is in the way we perceive the world, the life experience and ourselves.
Youâ€™ll realize life is a wonderful gift
Life is a wonderful gift. It really is, and as we travel and experience more of the world and life, we often become overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation for all the beautiful moments we enjoyed and people weâ€™ve shared them with. More often than not, this is a realization that we can experience and take action from now while weâ€™re still alive with energy rather than stacking up regrets by the time weâ€™re on our death bed. Rather than waiting until youâ€™re saying â€œI wish I hadâ€, live so you can say â€œIâ€™m glad I didâ€.