There’s no denying that travel is essential to opening the mind. There’s something about traveling – maybe it’s the newness, maybe it’s the challenges that make people connect with each other on a level that transcends the rules of everyday society. If you’re traveling alone, you get to “bond” with yourself as you navigate your way around and you’re more open to meeting new people who can end up being friends for life.
If traveling with friends or loved ones, the experiences on the road tend to bring you closer together as you make memories and overcome obstacles together. 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.
Today more than ever it feels like the world is at your fingertips and you can go anywhere you want without leaving the safety of home. But what kind of life is that? So, why travel? Travel is a powerful tool for creating a better world of people who celebrate our planet’s diversity. In an 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.
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.
The challenges, the kindness of strangers and the beauty and diversity of the natural world and of course – the different foods – will only make you more open and accepting of different ways of thinking and being. Besides language, food is the greatest way of understanding and connecting with other cultures, as are local art and music because these are all expressions of culture and our experience of it.
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 or slept a little more. 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.