2018 was by far the most eventful year of my life. I was lucky enough to explore different parts of the world, experience cultures I never imagined I would & just overall learn to appreciate everything I have. In today’s blog post, I’m going to speak about the benefits of travelling and how it can help shape you as a person.
You leave your comfort zone.
When you find yourself in a foreign city, almost everything you experience will be unfamiliar in a way. The streets you walk in, the people you see, the food you eat, the culture you immerse yourself in & even the language you try to speak. It’s a constant journey of learning and adapting, which is incredible for you as a person. Your mind sort of changes when you’re constantly in a state of adapting: you improvise faster, you accept the discomfort, embrace the language barriers & indulge in the weird food delicacies. This teaches you a lot more than just how to live in other cultures, it teaches you life lessons. Skills that you can cultivate in other aspects of your life and develop you as a person. You also meet the coolest people from different places and become life-long friends with them.
Opens your mind.
You notice how different life is for other people in different parts of the world. It also helps you realize that you aren’t the centre of the world. So often we get caught up in our own bubble with mundane issues, that we don’t realize we’re here for a greater purpose. There’s so much to discover out there and we should never limit ourselves to what’s in front of us. Travelling allows you to see how different yet similar we all are, and that people struggle with the same issues more than you would’ve ever imagined.
Remember: Growth only occurs in a state of discomfort.
Makes you grateful.
Honestly one of the most important aspects of travelling is how grateful it makes you. When struggling to find food that we’re used to or people that we can easily speak to, you sometimes start to miss home. You become grateful for how comfortable your life is and how easy things are. You see how much better off you are in comparison, and learn not to take everything for granted. Contrary to that tho, you also become grateful for how incredible life is in other places. You stare in awe at how magnificent the snow-capped mountains look, or how calm and majestic the lakes running through the country-side are. When you stop for a moment to actually take in how beautiful this planet is, it makes you think for a second about the way we’re treating it and how we can do better.
Another wonderful aspect about constantly observing foreign features, is that it allows you to see things you usually wouldn’t. I’ve mentioned that before but this is seeing things in a different perspective. From the artworks & architecture to the food and culture. From an artistic point of view, the more you expose yourself to, the larger your database is. So without realizing it, you’re inclined to becoming more creative and more diverse with the way you express yourself. When studying the works of great artists, you learn more about yourself through them and it changes you.
The final point I’ll speak about is how travelling allows you to discover yourself. It’s paradoxical in the sense where, when you learn about the world around you, in turn you learn more about yourself. When dealing with yourself in all these different situations, you kind of figure out more about you! There’s always so much to learn and the entire process aids in forming a better relationship with yourself. Here’s a remarkable quotes to summarize it all:
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
Honestly so grateful to my parents for allowing me to constantly travel and experience the world. It’s one of the best things that you can do for yourself. It allows you to leave your comfort zone, opens your mind, makes you more appreciative of life, enhances your creativity and gives you insight on yourself. My advice to you is to just travel! Material gain and accumulation is amazing yes, but nothing will compare to the experiences and memories you form from exploring the world.
One life. One shot. #NoRegrets