Why Traveling Is Important

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When you talk about travel, the first thing that comes to mind is recreation, something that we do in our vacation or free days for fun, most of the people do consider travel as a leisure activity only, but what if I tell you that it can be much more than that? There are far more benefits of traveling than just de-stress yourself while you enjoy your pina colada in front of the pool, especially if you are traveling abroad.

Besides de-stressing yourself, which is indeed a fact, traveling can also improve your health and help you learn a new language, but the importance of travel goes far beyond that. It completely changes the way you see the world and interacts with other people and the environment, and this by itself is already a good reason why it’s important to travel the world.

If you manage to take the best of your travels, you will see that they can become valuable experiences not only of fun but also of learning. Thinking about that, I have compiled a list of reasons why traveling is important and the benefits of traveling in our lives. So check below if you want to find out why travel is important.

Why is it important to travel the world

Most of the people travel for vacation, a chance to be free of the daily life routine, and to spend time with their family. It is by itself good enough.

However, only a few people realize the positive effects of international travel, which are many, from healthy reasons to self-esteem, to personal growth. It changes you as a person, and shapes the way you see the world, and how you react to different situations.

It was never so easy to travel the world as it is nowadays, so if you are living in this generation, you should consider yourself lucky, to begin with.

I know it is not something simple for our mindset, it is not an easy decision to go out of your comfortable and secure house, to see the world, it may sound threatening, and it is, but trust me, it is so rewarding.

If you are still not convinced, take a look in this list of why traveling is important, and please, if you dream about traveling abroad but feel afraid of taking the first steps, maybe you don’t know where to begin, or you don’t know where to go first, why not sending me an email, perhaps I can help you out! 🙂

And if you are already planning to travel abroad, but are not sure of where to go, check this list of the best countries to travel for first-timers.

Travel Quotes to inspire your travels

Benefits of Traveling

It takes you out of your Comfort Zone

For young people especially, 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 more confident and with time, more independent.

As I said, it has never been so easy to travel as it is nowadays, everything is so simple, the world is globalized, almost everything is linked, you have access to all the information you want or need in the palm of the hand, this must be enough to decrease in half your worries!

Traveling with Depression and Anxiety

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, care to feel small here, please. 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.

But in the world of culture, nothing is really right or wrong, it is just a matter of perspective, and we need to deal with it.

Perhaps you will come across a different way to look at something, and it will change your life, maybe you will find out that something that is such a big issue for you, is just a simple matter that shouldn’t be taken as a problem in other cultures, and it will make your life so much better!

Become social aware

You have contact with different people from a different country and get to know other cultures and costumes. All this gives you a sense of existence, making you realize 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 to respect other people and culture and makes you less selfish. It breaks taboos that you may have with this or that people, and change your point of view towards someone.

Maybe you think that these people are weird, or those people are harsh, but after you finally get in contact with them, you will notice that your thoughts were just stereotypes.

Learn languages

While traveling you have a big chance to learn another language, at least the basics! 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 to contact full time with people who speak other languages 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!

And don’t worry about learning a language that you “will never use again in my life”. You never know when it will be useful. People used to tell me Arabic was pointless until I found myself lost in Brussels and the only person around was a Somali woman who didn’t speak English, I didn’t speak French, BUT AAH HAAAM, we could speak Arabic, the lady showed me the way, BAM! no lost anymore, now tell me Arabic is pointless again!!

Build confidence

Especially 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 a job, to start in a new job, we are insecure about getting lost and asking for help!

Plus we can say that this is an anxious generation, I have never heard about so many people having anxiety as we have nowadays.

When you start traveling, you will be taking most of these things as a 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.

We learn that it is not such a big issue talking to people, as this is the easiest way to get help if you are lost, for example. If you are a solo traveler, you will have to start making new friends, or overtime, you will have to do things alone, and you will see it is not that scary monster you thought it was once.

Life experiences are what defines you

The first time I heard that it made so much sense. I totally clicked! Your being is defined by what happens to it during life, the situations you put yourself today is what will define you tomorrow, it is from the experiences that we learn, we change.

Traveling will provide you with so many different experiences that you wouldn’t have if you keep your bum on the sofa for the rest of your life, it will open your mind, and again, make you adapt to different situations.

Observe wildlife in their natural habitat

Remember when you were a kid and used to go to the zoo to watch animals locked in their cages doing what they probably wouldn’t be doing if they could choose?

Travelling allows you to watch those same animals in their REAL habitat, you can observe them keeping on their daily lives, living just like they would if humans didn’t exist. The sense of dividing your own space with a wild animal is just surreal.

Few people have the chance to admire them in their real habitat, and those that do, don’t want to go back to the zoo, ever!

It is so rewarding to be part of their habitat, even for a few minutes, and have the conscience of so.

Bring to the reality everything you watched on documentaries

Watching a documentary on TV is always interesting. I have always loved that since I was a kid, I used to spend hours watching Discovery Channel or Animal Planet. But seen from the distance it is hard to acknowledge the reality is all this.

It is just like a movie, something that perhaps even happens, but somewhere far away from me and that is not interfered by me.

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 your own experience but also get the proof with your own eyes!

Needless to say that seeing history and culture first hand is way more immersive, than watching it from a half-world distance right?


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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 so agree! My now husband and I went travelling in our younger days and it’s a fantastic way to test how compatible you are. It sounds like you have had some amazing experiences and for me, all these years later. I still remember many of the wonderful people we met along the way.

  • 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.

  • I loved this post and fully agree with all your points. I absolutley love traveling and exploring other cultures. Im visiting Eastern Europe in August and super excited as I will be travelin Solo!!!

  • 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.

  • Travel should be a way of life for more people! It is SO important to have cultural diversity. I think this blog post is right on the money 💕

  • I can only agree with everything here, I think only people who travel a lot can realize all this. I feel that my travels have helped me grow so much more than anything else. We often see no further that our little town, region or country, but when we travel we compare everything to the rest of the world… ad everything has a different scale.

  • This is so true. I’m an introvert, so it’s a challenge for me to do some things that will take me out of my comfort zone. But no regrets doing my solo backpacking, ’cause I start to love travelling and I learn a lot of the cultures in each country.

  • I agree, there’s no better way to learn about other cultures than to experience them! I wish I was better at learning the language… usually the only words I learn are hello and thank you! haha

  • I agree – life experiences are what define you. My mum used to say when we were younger, “you need to travel more”… Now I know she meant we needed to experience life more. Coz in your comfort zone you don’t learn much

  • This is so true. You must travel also to learn more about yourself and how different people live. I agree with you cultural sensitivity is so important. I also try my best to learn a few sentences in the language of the people where I visit. It makes things so much nicer when you talk to locals. I enjoyed your post.

    Danie
    http://www.thiscurvylife.com

  • This post is just for me! I agree with all the ways you list why travelling is important. I also want to add that the world has enough resources to keep everyone happy. Life without borders, I say.
    Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • This was a great read! I am looking forward to doing some travelling next year and you’ve made me realise that it is more than just an extended holiday!

  • Love the sentiment, Travelling is precious and for those limited in mobility having bloggers like you to share such wonderful places in the World, makes all the difference. Your like a ray of sunshine 🙂 Appreciate your beautiful photographs

  • Definitely concur with “Life experiences are what defines you”! Travelling and living in a different country during my university exchange programme definitely changed my perception of things which really made me fall in love with travelling the world. Can’t wait to cover more places!

  • I love all of these reasons for traveling. I’m an avid traveler and I believe that I find myself while traveling. Traveling is definitely a passion of mine. Thank you for sharing these wonderful reasons to travel.

  • I couldn’t agree more! Traveling shapes you, the experiences getting you indeed out of your comfort zone to become someone entire different. I think traveling is one of the most important things man can do in live, explore & discover new cultures and widen your eyes! It changes so much of your perspective – your normal doesn’t have to be someone else’s. Great article!

  • I love this post SO MUCH. I wholeheartedly agree with everything you wrote. Travelling is an important part of life and I think that’s why there are so many narrow-minded people in the world because they never leave their little towns or their corner of the world. I know this post is geared more towards world travel but even if you just try to explore more of your own country it can be life-changing. My husband and I recently visited Colorado and I swear it changed our lives. Instead of taking a honeymoon and then settling down after the wedding we’re now planning an open-ended homeless honeymoon! We’re going nomadic! So traveling anywhere, just to see something different can be truly inspiring. Seriously, love this post. <3

    • This is so true!! We don’t need to travel half the world, sometimes if you get your butt out of the sofa and explore your surroundings you will see and learn new things, sometimes you don’t need to go far! And this is something so important. I agree with you, perhaps if more people did that, we wouldn’t have so many narrow-minded people in the world!

  • This can’t be more true! I love travelling and never want to stop, having a baby won’t stop me and neither will finance! It’s the best form of education there is in the world!

    • Definitely! We grow so much when we travel! I hope that in the future, I wil have a traveler family hahaha at least my mom is already a traveller, I wish to turn my sun and husband into travellers as well!

  • I agree with all these reasons for traveling. I also think travelling to other countries has helped me to understand, love, and just communicate with others better because I have an idea of what different people in different countries go through on a daily basis in their lives, at least in a general sense.

  • This is a really good post and I wish more people would travel because of the reasons you are listing. Unfortunately especially the social awareness and multicultural approach are very often neglected, travellers are only happy because some other countries are cheaper and the weather is better…no intercultural interaction whatsoever. They don’t know what they are missing out.
    Where in Brazil are you from? I’m going there in February – to learn the language, like you suggest: two weeks school in Rio and then practicing further south.
    Happy travels, boa viagem!

    • I so agree! The good things about traveling for me is not the vacation itself, but the chance to have contact with different people and different cultures and the possibility to learn from them, this kind of experience is priceless!

      Woow that’s great! I hope you enjoy Brazil! I’m from the south part, it is lovely here, not so touristy as Rio, so it is more chill here! If you have any questions, pls feel free to ask!! 😀

      Boa viagem pra você também!

  • You’re so right! I especially love to experience the reality, something I could once see in photos or documentaries, and now I can feel it, I can breath that air and nearly touch it. It’s amazing!

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