Why everyone should travel: Travel, not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
The unknown can be rather unsettling, and it is a natural reflex to shy away from uncertainty. But venture into it, and you’re opening yourself up to unfathomable possibilities. That’s the beauty of travelling. It is a doorway to a reality outside your own. A world you never knew existed, a world you could consider to be as beautiful, brilliant and complex as your own. You just need to take that leap (or in this case, flight) of faith, fuelled with passion for discovery and you’ll come across adventures beyond your wildest dreams.
Why everyone should travel: Travelling teaches you to relate with different people.
When you unveil yourself to unfamiliar cultures and way of life, you discover that there are very different ways of going about the same task and very different perspectives of interpreting the same event. You learn to consider carefully unconventional reasoning, and embrace instead of fear, experiences and relationships that lay outside your comfort zone.
Why everyone should travel: Travelling humbles you to learn from others.
The more you travel, the more you realise how little you know about life. Travelling guides you to accept that the world is so much larger than your perspective of it. Now that doesn’t mean you aren’t important, but it does open you up to learn from other people and situations rather than bestow your vast wisdom to those lucky enough to be in earshot. Travelling teaches you to set free your perceived concept of control. It’s a big enough challenge to just control yourself, you don’t have to do so for the rest of the planet.
Why everyone should travel: Travelling liberates you of your mind’s limitations.
When you travel, you remove yourself from your comfort zone, both physically and mentally. You learn to communicate in different languages, drive on different sides of the road, and climb the rockiest of hills. Your mind will expand to accommodate controversial issues, foreign values and uncomfortable perspectives about life. You grow as a person when you find out that you’re capable of taking on physical challenges you’d never be subjected to at home. And you gain insight into the way different parts of the world think. These challenges will transform you and nurture the potential in you, helping you conquer your fears and adapt easily to different surroundings and situations you’ll come across in life.
Why everyone should travel: Travelling gives you true compassion for global suffering.
When you travel, especially to less developed nations, you learn how much you truly have that you take for granted. Many people live in poverty that is unfathomable to those who have never walked their streets and heard their stories. Watching the wars and famines on the news takes on a whole new meaning when you have a personal connection with the people there. You lose the callousness and egotistic attitude that can sometimes develop when you can’t relate to those regions of the world. And, it compels you to help others and give back.
Why everyone should travel: Travelling widens your educational horizons.
Not all learning happens in the classroom. In fact, the most profound form of education happens outside of it. If you never liked history, take a tour around the palace of Versailles in France, or marvel at the architecture of basilicas in Africa, climb the castle ruins in Ireland, visit the White House, and walk the halls of the Louvre. It is there that history comes alive. The stories are no longer pictures in a book, but tangible memories you’ll remember much longer than anything you could study in school.
Why everyone should travel: Cherish the now, because the future is uncertain.
You don’t know when you’ll live your last day on this earth, so postpone nothing. A lot of young people put off traveling because they want to be responsible, work hard, get married, have kids, and build up a life. Commendable, no doubt, but there is no guarantee that you’ll be able to travel when you retire, or even if you’ll live that long. If something happens and you don’t live to see your forties, fifties, or sixties, have no regrets. Truly experience this world and take every opportunity to admire and gaze upon the beauty this gorgeous planet has to offer. The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page. – St. Augustine