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5 Reasons You Should Travel

5 Reasons You Should Travel

For years I’ve been teaching kids about the colorful cultures, people, and countries that make up our world (through my children’s book series) and I’ve learned many incredible insights along the way.

Traveling has taught me so much about both myself and others and I truly believe it’s an invaluable education for us all ( one that cannot be taught within the four walls of a classroom).

There are so many reasons I would encourage each and every one of you to travel, for now, though here is a list of my top five.

1. To Humble Yourself

Many of us come from a first world country, which has allowed us a certain standard of living. This includes yet is not limited to the basics of running water, food to eat, a roof over our heads and access to a basic education.

(That’s not to say that each of us hasn’t experienced our own set of struggles or even financial hardship at times), yet for the most part, we have been given the opportunity to not only survive but thrive.

However, this is is not the case for millions of people around our world right now and the more we travel the more our eyes are opened to a very stifling reality that many endure.

We become humbled when we discover that not everyone has access to food and water on a daily basis, which allows us to both connect with their struggles on a deeper level, as well as develop a greater appreciation of where we come from.

2. To Learn About Other Cultures

Despite the many adversities that people face around our world, we often find it’s those who have so little, who are the ones that greet us during our travels wearing a large smile upon their faces.

They emanate pure joy at the simple opportunity to invite us into their homes, share what little food they may have and proudly introduce their families. They too have many hopes and dreams if we are willing to engage and listen.

There are over 7 billion people on the planet right now, and yet despite our perceived cultural differences, beliefs and or language barriers we come to find that we are not really that dissimilar.

Through connecting and sharing stories with those we meet during our travels, we learn that all humans have the same basic universal needs which include the need to feel safe, the need to feel understood, and the need to love and be loved by others.

3. To Appreciate Experiences Versus Things

We live in a time when consumerism is at an all-time high and many of us have been conditioned to think that the more we buy or have, the happier we will ultimately become. Unfortunately many times we find that buying more stuff doesn’t equate with us feeling happier at all.

Sure, don’t get me wrong it may provide us with instant gratification, yet when the novelty subsides ( usually within a few hours, days or weeks), we are continually left with a void of some kind.

If our lives are lacking connection, love, adventure or purpose no amount of stuff is ever going to fill this perpetual void. However, choosing to fill our free time with meaningful experiences either solo or with those we love, provides us with a sense of adventure and childlike curiosity.

4.To Stay In The Pursuit of Magic

The more we seek, the more we find. Just because we grow up into well-meaning adults doesn’t mean we should ever lose our childlike sense of wonder or stop in our pursuit of magic.

From the time we are born we are constantly growing and discovering new things about ourselves and others and this should continue to be an ever-evolving process throughout our entire lives.

No one person has the same set of interests, likes, dislikes, etc yet through choosing to engage in new experiences as often as we possibly can ( ie trying a new hobby, taking a day trip, exploring somewhere new, or even going abroad), we allow our senses to run wild and explore.

This shapes our identity, creates a lifetime of meaningful memories and allows us to save a small fortune on buying a garage full of unfulfilling stuff.

5. To Connect

No, I don’t mean staying connected via the internet ( although the high-speed connection is always a good thing ;), rather I’m talking about connecting with other people and more importantly finding your tribe.

If we forever stay in the same town, only ever chatting with the same individuals we’ve known since grade school (or our fellow office workers we’ve known for the last 10, 20 or even 30 years), how will we ever be able to view life from a different perspective?

We may know what we know ( or think we know what we know), yet what about everything else? What about the amazing experiences yet to be had with like-minded individuals who we perhaps haven’t met yet?

If we never travel, we risk not meeting people who will either teach us something, encourage us to become something, or simply enrich our lives in some way.

The more you put yourself out there and engage with new people, the more you discover the types of people who you really want to be part of your tribe.

Ultimately, when we connect with like-minded individuals, whether it be family, hometown friends or people we’ve met throughout our travels, we establish a core group of positive people, who will powerfully encourage us to become the best version of ourselves.

5 Reasons I Travel the World

5 Reasons I Travel the World

 

I have been traveling the world for years now ( since the age of 16), and there are many things I’ve learned along the journey. People often ask me how and why I travel, so I’ve compiled the following list. I hope it inspires you to travel too!

1.Finding Happiness Through Experiences Versus Things

We live in a time where society has been heavily influenced and blindsided by consumerism. I grew up with the ideology that the more stuff I owned and obtained ( ie car, house, electronics etc), the happier I would become.

However, while attempting to keep up with the Jones so to speak, I realized that material possessions and “stuff”, never seemed to equate with any sort of long-term happiness or fulfillment.

Sure, don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy a good stroll throughout a local marketplace as well as having the basics of an Android phone, Laptop etc, yet true happiness for me comes through connecting with others, as well as meaningful experiences versus buying material possessions.

2. Becoming A Better Human Being

Traveling, particularly off the beaten path to places like Morocco and India has opened my eyes and helped me understand how the rest of the world lives. Coming from the first world and experiencing first world type problems, it’s been important for me to identify with others struggles on a daily basis. Through doing this I believe I have embraced a good sense of humility.

3.  Educating Myself Through Travel

Although I’m a huge advocate for higher learning and extremely grateful for my college education, I believe that in order to successfully grow as human beings, we need to travel. From the time I was born until the age of 16, I resided in a small Western Australian seaside town where everybody virtually knew each other by name.

Don’t get me wrong, the sunsets were beautiful and I was afforded the luxury of living in a community that both thrived and was safe, however, in doing so, I virtually knew nothing about the world at large.

I understand that not everybody wants to travel internationally (although I’d highly recommend it for the purposes of meeting the amazing cultures, countries, and people that exist out there). In any case, I would definitely encourage people to step outside of their comfort zone and more importantly their town or city, as often as they possibly can.

Every single time I have traveled I have learned something. Whether it’s allowing myself to have a greater appreciation for nature, connecting with others who are living differently from myself or simply evaluating my life’s purpose – traveling has always been the catalyst to see that happen.

4. To Face My Fears ( False, Evidence, Appearing, Real)

If we listened to the media we would probably never ever travel. On a daily basis, there are acts of terrorism or violence happening somewhere around the four corners of our globe. I believe much of what we hear is sensationalism hard at work keeping society living in perpetuating fear.

As a female traveler, it’s definitely important for me to research any given place I will travel to, in order to ensure my safety, however, I try to avoid reading too many articles and simply rely on my intuition and common sense.

I’ll admit that I do often experience a level of hesitation when trying new things, yet the other side of me is always seeking to push the boundaries in all facets of my life. This includes visiting new places, taking airplanes when I’m scared of flying and making an extra effort to meet strangers on the journey ( when at times I can be an all out introvert).

Fear, when broken down, is simply false evidence appearing real and most of the time all it does is prevent us from living our dreams. I’ve decided that fear is just an innate survival skill trying to protect me and yet I  can still choose to “feel the fear and do it anyway”.

5. To Find My Tribe

Since High School and college, I’ve grown as a person and both my interests and pursuits have changed. This isn’t to say that I love nothing more than connecting with some of my hometown buddies ( they truly are some of the most beautiful spirited people I have ever met).

However, living in New York has made me a different person. Traveling and seeing the struggles of the people within the tiny villages of Rajasthan, India has also changed me, in ways that are hard to explain.

I’ve seen many things (both good and bad) throughout my journey, and often its hard for others to understand where I’m coming from or be able to connect with my stories unless they too have traveled

Since “being on the road”, I’ve met many like-minded men and women who are simply seeking something different. They’re wanting a change from society’s perceived idea of normal, and they too long for a sense of freedom.

Through exploring our magical world, I believe I have found more meaning and purpose in my life and I hope to inspire others to find their true purpose too!