5 Reasons Why Traveling Is Important

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

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.

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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!

Build confidence

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.

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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!

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  • The world is the best school. At age 16, that time when you ‘have’ to pick a study, I had no idea what to choose. Because I had no idea about what was happening in the world, what I could dedicate myself to with passion, and what matters. To really get a broader view of the world out there, and figure out what we are meant to live for, we have to GO out there and experience.

    • I couldnt agree more! First of all, I think that at age of 16 it is way too early to find out what you really want to do for the rest of you life, you are too young to judge. But traveling totally open your eyes for the possiblities and give you experience

  • These are a great list of reasons. As someone who is currently planning her first international trip it was a nice reminder as to why I’m doing this in the first place!

  • Even though I don’t get to travel as much as I used to, I can say that it teaches you cultural sensitivity. The US is not the center of the universe. Even if we think it is. Traveling, coupled with interest in other cultures has helped me learn at least 2 other languages, that I can now communicate in.

  • I love learning about new places, and finding that ‘just right’ spot to relax. Unfortunately, most traveling takes money, something that I am always short on. So I take quick trips away from home, and do my international traveling via the internet.

  • Fantastic post! I don’t get to travel often, mostly because my children are in school and then when they are out for the summer airfare and hotel rates go through the roof! But If I were to travel I will keep these 5 things in mind!!!

  • I’ve been travelling since I was a baby. I really started moving to different countries shortly after I was born. Living in India then Singapore where I took my first steps. Then onto Germany where I started school, then finally returning to my birthplace of jolly old England. I think this set the tone because I moved to Italy in my twenties, then America and Canada. I’ve rarely been a tourist. I’ve been a resident in all of these countries, but I love visiting other places too. When my grandmother was alive we used to go to Trinidad & Tobago ever winter. I can relate to all the reasons you’ve listed here. Travelling is a priceless education that I wouldn’t trade for th world.

  • I’m with Mary….I like to go and see some sites around the world but life has a way of interrupting one’s goals.
    But I do enjoy reading travel blogs and some YouTube videos about historical places.

  • Absolutely! I agree 100%. Traveling is such an amazing learning experience. I hope to travel more as I grow older and explore outside of the United States. Studying abroad would be lovely as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • I always feel so refreshed after traveling. I believe that my marriage is stronger because of our travels as well… we gain perspective and share so many memories!

  • Nice article. Travelling is important for self growth. I read somewhere, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” This is so true actually.

  • I totally agree with you, Isadora!
    Travel gives me time to think, watch and learn new things. Motivation to live better, or maybe, upbeat to carry on with a superior life and offering back to those in need.

  • I love to go and see new places. I don’t get the opportunity to travel abroad just mainly in the USA. But even from State to State there is a difference! I totally agree to get out of your comfort zone!

  • Even if I don’t want to travel, your tips are a soft reminder on what I am missing out on. I am still busy creating list of countries to visit. I feel visiting each country is like going on a discovery journey.

  • Isadora, totally agree with you. Traveling teaches us a lot about different things and you learn so much about other cultures and learn what else is out there in the world. I don’t get to travel a lot but have a list of places I want to see.

  • Cultural sensitivity definitely. When my younger sister was going through her “pissy” phase, I took her on a trip to Europe with me. Not saying that changed her life, but she definitely learned a new appreciation. Now she wants to travel all the time and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

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