Why do people surrender their homes and all the valuable possessions in it just to travel? Why should you choose to leave your successful career, family, pets, and friends for a faraway destination? These are genuine concerns that every aspiring traveler has, and that have stopped many people from following their passion.
The truth is that the physical and psychological benefits of traveling are more than anyone can ever explain. Here are a few reasons why we travel.
1. Disconnecting from routine
If you have a regular job, you probably are caught up right now in tons of paperwork and unanswered emails. Sticking around the office seems like the only reasonable thing to do, but then it is driving you crazy. Your boss, family, parents, and friends are constantly breathing on your neck with outrageous demands and requests. Everything in your life seems to be falling apart.
What you don’t know is that working so hard doesn’t always guarantee you success in life or in your career. You will take in the pressure for so long then you will burst and ruin everything you’ve worked so hard for. Just take a break and unplug from your routine at least for a day. The trick is to leave your phone and computer at home and travel to a destination where no one will disturb you- where you will relax, recharge, and reenergize. By the time you come back, things will look way better.
2. Traveling gets you out of your comfort zone
When you travel and meet new people and new challenges, you grow as a person. You will never truly know what you are capable of until you challenge yourself to do things you’ve not done before in a country whose people think and see things differently from how you see them.
You probably are a strong, resourceful, knowledgeable, and resilient person, but you will never know that until the day you will have no friends or colleagues to count on. When you come back from a week-long trip overseas, your confidence will be boiling over and you will be in a better position to relate well with people.
3. It is healthy to travel
Stress, depression, and anxiety are among the most prevalent health challenges facing working adults today. If you leave the stress to build up for too long, you could easily develop heart disease, diabetes, or ulcers. And because traveling is a natural cure for a troubled mind, it is truthful to term it as a bankable preventative measure against the mentioned diseases.
When you go hiking you improve your physical well-being. If you visit London and take a free walking tour, for example, you will see many beautiful sites that help you cool down and find your purpose in life. Besides improving your mental well-being, traveling gets you off the office chair and takes you to challenge terrains outdoor.
4. You learn
We all love to hone our knowledge on different aspects of life. When we learn, we become wiser and we attract more respect and admiration from those around us. There isn’t a better way to learn than to leave your home and go live amongst unfamiliar people, traditions, and cultures.
Look at it this way: When you learn about the history of a city or a given group of people from the horse’s mouth, you understand it better than when you read the same information from books. When you hike a given mountain or camp in a faraway forest, you get to understand its geography better than when you were being taught in school.
People also travel for the sole purpose of learning a new language or digging deeper into a given spiritual belief. Come to think of it: If we all interacted firsthand with all the faiths and spiritualties in the world, would the fallacies and prejudices that people have against one another be as prevalent as they are now? Very unlikely!
5. Travelling brings invaluable friendships to your life
Forget about social media friendships. Travelling allows you to widen your network of real friends. If you are traveling for business, you get to meet people with whom you share interests and dreams. These are people who will help you grow professionally and in business. And if you are on a social visit, you can easily meet a friend who later in life will host you in their home country or state.