Travelling can mean so many things at the same time: leisure, adventure, business or living a life on the road. No matter what the reason is, the fact that travelling broadens the mind and enriches the soul is undeniable.
What is it exactly that makes travelling so worthwhile and how does it broaden one’s horizon
- A Change in Perspective
Sometimes we are so engrossed in our own reality and everyday struggles that we forget the rest of the world, especially if it seems so geographically, culturally and politically far away from us. The truth is, we are surrounded by 7 billion people and 196 countries to explore and by travelling with an open mind, we will start noticing how our view of the world changes. This is because travelling makes people feel so tiny and insignificant perhaps, but definitely in a good way. By making you realize how vast the world is, how humanity is the same across people from different countries and how poverty-stricken some people are, you will start appreciating what you have and come to the conclusion that your problems may not be that big, after all.
- Enriching your Cultural Knowledge
No book or documentary can beat the knowledge that you can acquire while travelling the world. Interacting with the locals, visiting fascinating historical sites and trying new cuisines are some of the best ways to get to know places and customs that you probably did not know existed before. It is quite safe to say that you will learn a lot more in a week of travel than in 10 years staying at home. By enriching your knowledge of different cultures and ways of living, you will also be able to re-evaluate and critically analyze your own country.
- Meeting Unique People
One of the most exciting aspects of a trip – especially if you are travelling solo – is meeting new people. No matter how shy you are, there will be someone on the plane, at a famous landmark or at the hotel trying to meet people to share unforgettable memories with. Fellow travellers or backpackers aside, you will also have the chance to interact with the locals who – especially in Asia – are known to be some of the friendliest, most hospitable people on Earth. There is no better way to discover a country than by travelling with locals and sharing their everyday customs.
- Getting to Know Yourself
This may sound very cliché, but travelling really does a whole lot of good to the soul, in particular for those who need to take a break and spend some time redefining their priorities in life. By travelling (especially solo) and exposing themselves to a different climate, language, food, customs and infrastructure, people start opening themselves up to the unknown, gradually letting go all the stress and barriers of everyday life in their home countries. This rings particularly true in situation of potential danger or simply cultural misunderstanding that so often happen – especially when visiting developing countries. In situations of extreme excitement, extreme fear or just plain disorientation one can really see his/her own strengths and weaknesses in actions and reflect upon them.