Most of people consider travel as a kind of recreation, in fact it is, but it can be much more than that, and if you learn to take the best of your travels, you will see that they can become valuable experiences not only of fun but also of learning.
First thing that we need to note here is that travel is different than tourism. Tourism is this kind of trip that you make to de-stress yourself, you go to a beautiful place to lie on the beach drinking your coconut water or you go to a busy street for shopping, but everything in a simple way, no stress, no issues to fix.
A travel on the other hand is when you leave your house, perhaps your country, with the intention of spending a time in a place just like locals do, you will find problems, you will face difficulties, it is inevitable, perhaps you will need to change your habits and leave your prejudices behind and adapt yourself to this new place.
It is where the learning starts!
5 Reasons why Traveling is important
It Take you out of your Comfort Zone
For young people specially, it is hard to leave your comfort Zone, you have lived with your family your whole life, have your friends, don’t have big worries, don’t need to pay bills, live in a city where people know you since a kid perhaps. Leaving the comfort zone sounds more like an alien experience that most of us don’t really want to take.
But it’s when we leave our comfort zones that we learn the most, it is in hardship that we grow. It may be hard in the beginning but once you figure out that you are not alone in this world and you can connect to people around you, you will become a more confident and with time, more independent.
You Develop Cultural Sensitivity
Sometimes you might think your country is the best, or has the best culture, but the truth is that, your country is just one in the middle of many others.
Cultural shock can be scary sometimes, but most of the times it gives you a different perspective about things. Maybe you will like it, maybe you will not, but you will need to adapt yourself to this new culture, break taboos and accept a different opinion that can be the opposite of yours.
You Become Social Aware
You have contact with different people from different country and get to know other cultures and costumes. All this gives you a sense of existence, making you realise the world is not summarised in yourself or your city or country, helping you to understand your place in the universe.
It breaks egocentrism and makes you think more about others. Teaches you respect to other people and culture and makes you less selfish.
You Learn Languages
While traveling you have a big chance to learn another language, at least the basic! English is almost an international language and very dear for those who travel but only because you have means to communicate, doesn’t mean you can’t learn the local language!
Having contact full time with people who speak other language is the easiest way to learn it, better than only taking classes. Of course classes are great as it is how you will learn the grammar rules etc., but to be fluent and develop conversation skills in this new language, nothing better than going out, trying, failing and trying again!
Specially for young people, again, we can become pretty insecure with things sometimes, we are insecure to do things alone, to go places, to speak to people, to solve problems, to look for job, to start in a new job, we are insecure of getting lost and asking for help!
Traveling, you start taking most of these things as normal routine, we lose fears, we get used to things, we learn to live by ourselves and with time we start building confidence in ourselves.
I have learnt a lot while traveling, particularly I was not the kind of person who used to fix my own problems and put my shit together, I would just expect someone else to do it for me, yeah lame, I know. But once I got out there I realised that I would need to run after things. First time I traveled, I was with my mom, until there, everything is ok, but she doesn’t speak a word in English. To be honest, I think I never had so many problems to fix, as I had in that very first travel, from bags to phone’s issue, all that you can imagine. Might be a conspiracy or something. But look at me now, I made it and survived! It ain’t that hard after all.
In one of my times of difficulties in London (uh, those were many) I had the chance to meet a family from Malawi who helped me a lot there! Amazing people they are, and before meeting them, I didn’t even know that a country called Malawi existed! In the end I not only learnt to locate it in the map, but realised how similar their cultures are from mine (Brazilian one).
Ok, I could spend the day quoting examples of why traveling changes a being, makes you grow and teaches things you will never learn if you remaining sitting comfortably in your couch waiting for the tea to be done.
In fact, the World is the best school.
What about you? Have you learnt something that you feel like you would never learn if you stayed at home? Something that changes your perception or made you grow? Share with us, comment bellow and inspire others!