We get it. You’re stuck in the daily grind with no way out, thinking that a vacation, though desperately needed, is impossible. You’ll have time and money for that when you retire, right?
Wrong. One of the biggest regrets people have when they get old is that they did not travel enough when they were young when they had the health (and free time, believe it or not) to do it. Travel is an immensely rewarding experience that can humble you and enrich your life. Whether it’s a road trip to a nearby city or a vacation halfway across the world, here are the top 8 benefits of traveling.
1. Learn and grow:
Sometimes, we get caught up in the same routine without realizing it. Traveling helps change up your routine, sharpens your saw, and awakens our inner curiosity by offering us new “first-time” experiences. It also gives you; ideas and inspiration that you can take back to your home.
2. Face your fears:
You only fear what you don’t understand. Traveling helps you overcome that anxiety and start living; as they say, life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Traveling invites the opportunity to get lost and face your fears of the unknown, unseen and unheard off. And in the end, you’ll realize that the world is not as you thought it to be.
3. Life lessons:
When you travel, you can’t just pack up all your belongings and take them around with you. You must pack only the things that matter to you and that is the most important lesson traveling teaches you. Travel light is the mantra.
4. Witness the greatness of places:
From the great Taj Mahal to beaches of Goa or the Portuguese influence in Pondicherry you must travel to know the greatness of these places. You cannot just reply on the books or TV shows; they cannot show you the complete view that you are bound to get when you visit. The historical importance or the taste of the local food cannot viewed in 30 minutes or read out in a book.
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5. Witness the “other side” of the world:
If you are regular traveler we suggest you take an off-beat approach for your next travel plan. Don’t do what regular “tourist” does, instead take the off-beat route. Visit destination and places that does not attract a lot of tourists. This will help you connect to the local people easily and you can discover and enjoy the place at your own pace.
6. Witness the beauty of the earth:
Most of us get caught up in our city lives and rarely get to go out and see natural beauty. When you go out to travel you will realize what a tiny place you occupy in this beautiful country. The ocean, the mountains, the stars, the sunsets, and sunrises. Witnessing the vast expanses of nature is one of the most humbling experiences you’ll ever have.
7. Witness how worthless money can be:
Once you start traveling frequently, you’ll go through countless foreign currencies and start to see how in the end it all seems like ‘Monopoly’ money. You’ll realize that the cash you’re constantly exchanging has no intrinsic value; it’s just paper that man has assigned a value to.
8. Witness the kindness of people:
Sometimes we get caught up in our own circles without realizing it. Traveling helps you get out of that bubble and meet a variety of people – people who are curious, warm, genuine, and good-hearted. Traveling restores your faith in humanity and makes you realize that we are all in the same boat together. We all want peace, financial stability, security, and most of all, to be loved and accepted.