Traveling is an important part of a lot of people’s lives. I believe that having the freedom to go where you want and to live where you want are two (almost) necessities in life. So, with this in mind, I thought it would be great to share with you guys, the top reasons why I think you should start traveling.
1. Take Time to Think and Reflect
Traveling allows you to escape to new places, away from the problems and stresses you face back at home. This escaping can give you time to think about your life and reflect upon it.
Your mind will become more free and open. Problems will become more solvable and you will get ideas about things you want to do with yourself. More than anything else, traveling will give you the tools to build yourself a more fulfilled life.
2. Gain New Experiences
This is a big one. Whether you want to try new food, be exposed to new cultures and languages or meet new people, you can do any or all of these when you go traveling.
Experiencing new cultures and new ways of living really opens your eyes a lot wider (metaphorically, of course). Learning how different people live and interact with the world can really give you a deeper insight and understanding to life as a whole and how special it can be.
Man, that was deep!
On a lighter note, trying new food is one of the most exciting parts of traveling for me. With new cuisines, you will discover incredible things that you wouldn’t have even thought existed before you set off. Of course, you might eat some crazy and (let’s face it) disgusting stuff along the way too, like snake or guinea pig or something else entirely. Regardless, that is still going to be quite a story to tell!
3. Learning Opportunities
We all form opinions of different places and cultures based on what others tell us or from what we hear in the media. However, you will never truly learn what a place and a people are like until you experience them for yourself.
Visiting new places and entering unknown environments can be terrifying, but once you get a taste for it, you will become kind of addicted to it, allowing you to continually grow as an individual.
4. Sick Photos
For those of you that want to spice up your Instagram account (you can check our account out here), this one could be for you.
Having pics of you in some of the most amazing places in the world is a bit more exciting than a sh**ty selfie or a snapshot of your breakfast.
Seriously, there are so many mesmerizing places out there. I’ll give you an example…
This is our Gaijin Crew photographer, Wakana sitting on the precipice of Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.
Personally, I’m not too bothered about getting more likes on my Instagram account. I love taking pictures because years later, you can look back at the awesome places you went and relive all of the memories that you made on your journey.
5. It can be a Challenge
One of the best things about going traveling is that it will test you.
During the course of your journey, things will inevitably change and you will be forced to adapt on the fly. Part of what makes this such a special experience is not knowing where you’re going to end up or who you’re going to meet.
6. Gain Perspective
After returning from a life changing trip, you will feel different.
When I went back home for the first time, I had a new found appreciation for things that I hadn’t really bothered about before.
Traveling gave me perspective. It gave me the ability to see life in a whole new way, and also an appreciation for it that I’d previously been lacking.
7. Bucket List
If you don’t have a bucket list, make one. If you have one but haven’t ticked everything off, go and get it done.
Traveling is probably the best way for most people to tick things off their bucket list. Whether it’s skydiving, swimming with dolphins or just visiting the country you’ve always wanted to go to, traveling can fulfill all of these dreams.
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8. For the Memories/Stories
Coming back from a crazy traveling trip and you will, no doubt have some awesome stories to tell. These could well inspire people you know to start traveling themselves!
But more importantly than that, you will create relationships and memories that will last forever. Whether it’s the people you meet or the things you do, there is no way that you will forget these things.
9. For Yourself
Now by this, I don’t mean just to treat yourself. Obviously, that can play a part, but traveling does a lot more than provide you with a treat.
You will meet new people, some of whom may become lifetime friends. Pictures will turn into lifelong memories. You may find your future wife or husband, or even find where you want to live.
I could go on for hours about the limitless benefits of traveling but you get the point!
10. Traveling Will Change Your Life
Finally, this pretty much sums up everything said throughout this post.
Traveling will change your life.
Simple as that!
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Why do you guys love traveling?
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