2015 was the year of travel for me. I believe I traveled to 9 different states, and spent several weeks or even months at a time in these states, exploring the different areas and really immersing myself in the cultures of these places.
I had A TON of fun, and here my 7 reasons why everyone should travel often:
1. It’s fun and exhilarating
As someone who has done a tremendous amount of traveling recently, I can tell you that there is nothing quite as fun as hopping on a plane or in the car knowing that within the next several hours you’ll be in a whole new place, a place you have never been before.
Although many places within your given country or state have similar attributes, it seems that every city or town on the planet has their own unique style and feel. The people are different, the weather is different and every town has something that they are proud of.
Learning these details about places is extremely fun and exciting!
2. It puts things into perspective
When you travel away from your hometown, you often see and hear things that you would never have if you hadn’t left your area. Many times you will see people who are experiencing trauma far greater than the problems awaiting you back home. Having this experience allows you to see that your life truly is not as challenging or difficult as you may have previously thought.
Putting things into perspective is extremely important especially during times of hardship. You don’t necessarily have to take a 2 week long vacation to see things from a different perspective. Drive an hour north and spend some time in a town you had only previously heard of. It just may help you…
3. It’s emotionally and mentally healthy
One of the healthiest things you can do for your mind is travel. It lights up certain neurons in your brain that need to be given attention.
Many people feel that traveling is not healthy, financially or physically (most people tend to pig up on trips!). But what these people fail to realize is that traveling opens up your mind in ways that nothing else can. You see new people, you try different types of food and you always seem to learn something new.
This is the type of thing that will make you a much more interesting person. How many of you want to become a more interesting person?
4. It breaks you out of your daily trance
Often times, we fall into the trap of our own daily routines. Granted, these routines are wonderful in many ways and I’m sure you have developed great habits into your daily experience. But many times our daily routines put us in a state of stagnation. We become so accustomed to how things work in our daily schedule, that we stop growing and forget to push ourselves. Why would we, right? Things are going just fine the way they are!
I simply don’t want you to wake up one day and feel like the past few years of your life have been a waste, simply because you haven’t made any progress or feel you are not living your life to the fullest. Traveling to new places often times sparks new ideas and inspires you to try new things with your daily routine.
5. You meet different types of people
As I mentioned above, you often times meet all new types of friends when you travel to different places. These are people that will many times have completely different backgrounds than your current peers, and will be able to share stories and experiences that may be far from what you have ever experienced.
I fully believe that there is something you can learn from everyone, so go out, meet some new homies and learn about life.
6. You get new ideas
This is probably one of my favorite things about traveling. The inspiration you get from seeing new sites, meeting new people, and learning about different areas is remarkable. If you ever find yourself falling into a rut in life, it’s time to hop in the car or on a plane/train and go see the world. The world will give you all the ideas and inspiration you need, you simply have to look in the right places.
7. You learn a ton about yourself and the world
This is something I’ve stated over and over again throughout this article. As you embark on different journeys throughout the world, your going to get newfound knowledge everywhere you go. Your going to run into challenges and see things that make you question the world as you know it. This will teach you about the world and it will teach you about yourself.
Although painful at times to go through these experiences, I believe that these experiences only make a person stronger.