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. Traveling is important not only as a mean to de-stress you from daily life, but also provides you with unique life experiences.
9 Reasons why Traveling is important
It Takes 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.
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.
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.
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.
Life experiences are what defines you
Thw first time I heard that, it made so much sense, I totally clicked to see the situation with different eyes! Your being is defined by what happens to it during the life, and travelling will provide you so many different experiences that you wouldn’t have, if you kept your bum on the sofa, that it will slowly modify and define yourself.
Observe wildlife in their natural habitat
Remember when you were a kid and used to go to the zoo to watch animals locked in tbe cages doing what they probably wouldn’t be doing in they could choose? Travelling allows you to watch those same animals in their REAL habitat, you can observe them keeping on their daily lives.
Bring to the reality everything you watched on documentaries
Watching a documentary is always interesting, but when you finally travel to a destination that you watched the documentary about, that’s the moment when everything becomes tangible.
Learn about the history of the world and civilization
Reading books and watching documentaries are always very educative, but nothing is more educative than going to the place yourself and learning about the history, culture, and all the rest, from the source! You will not only learn in youe own experience but also get the proof with your own eyes!