Travelling is a learning experience. It broadens your horizon and expands your mind. There are so many things travel teaches, below are eight reasons you should travel
1. Travels will deepen or reveal your friendships and relationships with those you leave behind
Travels allow you to take a break from your existing friends and social circles. That break is crucial to help you see if you really miss those you left behind. When you return, you’ll either reconnect and pick up where you left off, or you may discover the friendship seems hollow. Traveling away from (and sometimes with) those you care about is vital. It will either deepen those relationships, or reveal that they were only based on something trivial like locational convenience.
2. Travels allow you to experience what it’s like to be the minority
You may have been indifferent or even inconsiderate to minorities in the place where you live and work. Traveling away from there puts you in their shoes, and helps you build empathy.
3. Travels force you to either crumble or revel in uncertainty
Learning to become comfortable in situations that make others uncertain, full of worry, anxious, or crack is a skill that will help you achieve many things in life. When travels push you to the edge of chaos, uncertainty, or outright fear, you’ll either learn to brave it, or you’ll crumble and run back home.
4. Travels breathe life and truth into the history of the world
You can read about the history of art, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, or Zuma Rock, but when you see them firsthand, they gain new meaning. It is not the same as when you read them up in books, or see them in pictures, or watch videos of them. History becomes animate when you travel.
5. Travels break the chains keeping you from moving
Literally and figuratively speaking, traveling exposes the idea that you’re never actually “stuck” anywhere. You don’t have to stay in the same house, job, relationship, or spatial area forever. The more you travel, the more you discover that you’re free to move your “permanent residence” as much or as little as you see fit.
6. Travels will help you get more “time”
Travels aren’t fun if you spend the whole trip looking forward to the next thing or to arriving at your destination. Travels force you into the present moment like few things can. When a trip is so good you don’t want it to end, you’re free to revel in the present moment.
7. Travels heighten your senses
When you have to watch your back, or are in a strange country, senses come alive that you didn’t know you had. Hyper vigilance becomes a reality. Your imagination will begin warning you of possible scenarios and flood your mind with ideas to protect yourself.
You’ll be able to think in stages, and rapidly cycle through hypothetical scenarios of, “if this happened, I’d do that.” Traveling will teach you how to imagine in a way that most professors of game theory can only dream of. So that when you return, your experiences would have sagged the borders of your mind and make you generally smarter and more critical at work or play.
8. Travels expose who you’re traveling with
If you travel with a girl you just started dating, note if and when happenstances or even prospects that are out of your control make you feel edgy or embarrassed. Keep tabs on your anxiety levels, and you’ll learn something of great value that will either make you forge ahead with her or reconsider the relationship. It is about the same for friends generally.
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