My 5 Amazing Reasons to Travel
Why You Should Start Exploring the World
by Guest Author Farhea Mahmood-Siddiqui
My 5 Amazing Reasons to Travel
Everyone has a different reason for wanting to travel, some do it for business, others for leisure, some do it to find themselves and others do it to get lost. Whatever your reason is for traveling there are definitely some phenomenal benefits to gain, here are five amazing reasons to travel.
1. You Will Expand Your Perspective
Traveling opens up your mind to different things, whether that's how you perceive the world around you, or by simply introducing yourself to new sights and new tastes. This helps us better understand how people and cultures differ around us and more importantly how much we actually share in common with others. In fact, it’s quite astounding to see how similar we truly are and how different cultures and people interact within their communities, the ingredients we use in our foods, and the interactions we have with the environment around us. Travel helps reduce intolerances that can be created out of fear and a lack of understanding. For instance often times we become accustomed to what we see in the news, watch on tv, see in movies, or come across in other media outlets, only to have our preconceived notions tested. In many parts of the Middle East and some parts of Africa, natives refuse to shake and even eat with the left hand. Seems kind of weird right? It’s easy to believe it’s because left-handed people are looked down on, but the actual reason for this is the main use of the left hand in this part of the world, cleaning oneself after using the restroom. It makes sense when we understand this cultural difference in its true context.
2. You Will Learn More About Yourself
Humans by nature are creatures of comfort, but when we travel we open ourselves up to new experiences and new events, we take ourselves out of our man-made cocoons. Releasing us from the constant thought of doubt we preoccupy ourselves with. Traveling allows us to experience things without any strings and without the fear of what others may say. Allowing us to do something incredible: learn who we truly are. You may end up learning at the end of a trip, that certain likes and dislikes never belonged to you, to begin with, but instead were created by societal norms, or perhaps a close friend/family members likes/dislikes instead of our own.
3. You Will Learn to Appreciate Your Life
The next time you’re in a country watching locals take water from a river, or when you see children working to help provide for their families, that iPhone charger not being long enough won’t bother you as much. Traveling helps us count our blessings. So many people in this world will be born in the same city they’ll eventually die in without ever having seen anything outside of it. If you’re one of the few people in the world who has been given the opportunity to travel, take it as a blessing and a privilege. If you ever travel to a nation less fortunate than your own, you’ll come back and see many of your own problems as “first world”.
4. It Serves As A Reset
It’s only when we get out of our normal day to day that we start to understand what we’re going through. Sometimes that’s being in a caustic relationship, whether that's intimate, family, or work. Recently I traveled out to the Hawaiian Islands. This trip helped me realize how many countless hours I was spending at work and, how my hobbies had taken a back seat to spreadsheets resulting in my unhappiness. This reset helped me set better hours and take a stand on expectations. I couldn’t be more efficient and more adventurous since getting back. Being free of your daily duties helps you take a refreshing step back and allows you to really understand how much you’ve actually sacrificed and whether or not it’s something you want to continue doing.
5. You Will Make Unforgettable Memories
The best part about traveling is the beautiful memories you make! While you’re out exploring you will go through and interact with different people and places. You’ll gain an appreciation for life in itself. Whether that’s hiking out to see a waterfall in the pouring rain, running amongst the bulls, volunteering for a greater cause bigger than yourself, or trying that escargot you never thought in a million years you’d ever try! So get out there and start traveling!
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