I suppose I’ve done a bit more traveling than your average Joe. My Dad is a keen traveller and had my mum, my sisters and I on all sorts of exotic long-haul holidays when we were kids. We would go to places like America and South East Asia for three weeks at a time hopping around from hotel to hotel.
The trips were always cultural, educational and adventurous and (much to my adolescent dismay) hardly ever involved lying on a beach. I have my Dad to thank for opening my eyes to the world of travel the enriching experiences that it can. All of this is what has inspired me to pursue a career that allows me to combine my two greatest loves; writing and travel.
But whilst I am extremely fortunate to travel on a regular basis, what I have never done is go away ‘travelling’ for a long period of time on a multi stop trip. I’m talking plan an adventure, pack a rucksack, and fly into the sunset. I’ve never done it and I’ve got to admit, it’s one of those things I HAVE to do before I die. Here are a few reasons why I am holding on to my dream of going travelling, as I believe these are the ways in which travel can change your life…
1. You can be at the right place in the right time
There’s something so romantic about travelling. Nothing thrills me more than stepping into the unknown, waking up every day not knowing what is around the corner. For me, that is exactly why I love travelling. You never know who you are going to meet day to day. And every person you meet could open doors to an incredible opportunity. People you meet could be the stepping-stone into a dream job.
2. You can fall in love
Yes of course, there’s a chance you could fall in love with that ridiculously sexy Latino whilst partying at the Rio carnival, and let’s admit it, that sounds pretty fun. But I don’t just mean you can find love in a cliché holiday romance style. If you go travelling with your boyfriend / girlfriend, travel could make you fall in love even deeper and make a tighter bond through experiencing so much togehter. Similarly, leaving the person you love at home whilst you travel can also make you fall deeper in love. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. No matter how you look at it, travel = love.
3. You can become street wise
If it’s one thing that travel does, it makes you that little bit wiser, making you grow up and fend for yourself. For many, going travelling is the first time you’ll ever have to work out how to wash your clothes. It something goes wrong, you can’t just call Mummy and Daddy to wave a magic wand and sort it out. You automatically have an increased awareness about you that you acquire, and never loose. Lessons for life right there!
4. You learn appreciate the beauty of home comforts
When you’re away travelling for a long period of time, chances are you’ll find yourself in some rather questionable digs during your trip. And whilst you’ll love every minute of it, there will be no better feeling than when A. You spend an hour on the sofa watching crap TV B. When you make ‘a nice cup of tea’ and most importantly C. When your head hits the pillow of your very own bed.
5. You make friends from all over the world
Travelling makes you realise just how small the world is. When I go away I love meeting people from different countries and asking them about about their lives and cultures (the journalist in me always comes out). Most of the times I’ve done this, it’s made me realise that everyone is the same around the world. We all want the same things from life: love, happiness, and success. And not only that, you create a web of contacts around the world that would probably more than happy to put you up if you’re ever in the area!
6. You remember how to think
All those hours on buses, night trains, departure lounges, planes can add up. And there’s only so many times you can listen to your iTunes or play noughts and crosses with your travel buddy. It is this travel time which forces you to THINK. Think about home, think about life, think about the people you love, think about where you’re going next. Time to think is a luxury that most time-poor people lack. Never under the importance of down time.
Has this post inspired you to travel? Can you relate to any of my ideas in some way? How else can travel change your life? Leave me a comment and let me know! I reply to each and every single one 🙂
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