Travel can be a life-changing experience in many ways. But why do it? It can be a very positive pursuit and even addictive. However, travel is expensive, it can put you in danger and it takes you away from your home comforts, as well as your support network of family and friends. People may try and dissuade you from travelling and question why do you want to do it in the first place. Here are some reasons why travel is good for you and how it can change you for the better.

Travel Changes Your Outlook on Life

When you visit a new place you are exposing yourself to new environments and cultures. You see first hand the struggles people have to endure to survive as well as the political constraints they have to deal with. How other people live can make you appreciate your own life and question what is really important. Suddenly basic services such as being piped clean fresh water to your home, having constant access to electricity, good health care systems or even just having a toilet make you realise just how lucky you are.

You may be tempted to volunteer and help people in need, something that requires careful consideration as to whether you will make a positive difference or actually cause harm through volunteering.

It can also make you question about your home country, your Government, and your compatriots. The amount of waste, corruption, and hatred for others within your own community can seem very unpleasant in comparison to the places you travel to. Either way, the realities you encounter broaden your perspective on what really matters in life and can make you a better person.

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Travel Alters Your Values

Whilst some people prefer to spend their money on clothes or gadgets, but travellers are usually saving up for the next trip. Material possessions can make you happy, but after travelling you often start to value experiences over things. You make do with minimal belongings when you are away from home, and generally, do not miss most of what you own. What does become more valuable is spending time with other people, going on adventures and enjoying the simple things in life. A hot shower after five days in the jungle, a skydive over the mountains or dinner and dancing with the local tribe can be so much more rewarding than the latest smartphone. Travel opens you up to living a life that is not about consumerism and instead is about what life can really offer.

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Travel Teaches You How to Really Problem Solve

Inevitably when you travel things do not go to plan. Your ferry might be cancelled, your accommodation is overbooked, or you are ill and have to stay put longer than you expected. This can all become very complicated if you do not speak the local language! Anything and everything can go wrong and you have to think on your feet and really learn how to find out what options you have, come up with solutions yourself and make sound decisions. It is a great skill to be resourceful and deal with ever-changing circumstances. It may fundamentally alter your ability to deal with life so that you simply roll with it and are able to go with the flow much more easily.

Travel Makes You More Impulsive

Often when we are not travelling we can get caught up in a routine and put off challenges or opportunities to try new experiences. When you are away, you are broken free from the everyday and can live in the moment. You might suddenly find yourself flying a small plane over the African savannah or being invited to the home of a Fijian chieftain for example. This can be very liberating, as long as you take the usual safety precautions!

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Travel Boosts Your Confidence

Simply by navigating unknown territory, travel makes it almost impossible to avoid putting on your big person pants and face difficult situations head on. Travel also offers so many ways to test your resilience. For example, you may have to tackle problems, experience new things by yourself, overcome a fear or learn how to be more impulsive. This can really boost your confidence. Every time you successfully navigate a ‘travel challenge’ you develop true faith in yourself, your capabilities and your decisions. Travel can really make you more bold and brave.

Travel Helps You Deal With Loneliness

When you are in a foreign country, especially if you are travelling solo, you really can feel like a fish out of water. There are times when it is very hard being away from familiarity and family. Sometimes you can even be somewhere with lots of other people and some home comforts but still experience loneliness. This is especially hard to deal with if you are travelling for an extended period of time. There are many ways to overcome this feeling, which can also make you a stronger person.

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Travel Unleashes Your Creativity

Travel sparks creative thoughts and ideas by opening your mind to new experiences. There is so much to be inspired by when you visit a different destination. This could be from admiring a beautiful landscape, discovering local music culture or trying a new cuisine. Whilst travelling your senses are heightened, your wit, wisdom and intellect are more challenged and you are pushed out of your comfort zone. These are all perfect prompts that truly release your inner artistry.

Travel Initiates an International Network of Friends

The act of travelling is brilliant at throwing together people from all walks of life and creating long-lasting friendships. You never know who you might meet when you are away from home, and where that could lead you. The local people you become friends with can really give you an insight into the culture of where you are visiting. They can offer you unique experiences off the beaten track and help you travel through their own contacts.

The same can be said for those other travellers you encounter on the road, in your accommodation, at the beach bar or whilst partaking in an activity. You may be invited to stay with your new travel buddies in their home country, which makes future travel more economical and also you get a local’s perspective of their home country.

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Travel is Good For Your Career

Everything travel teaches you is great for you personally and also makes you more attractive to employers. More and more companies want people who have been to the ‘University of Life’ and be educated by experience, not just by books. The skills that you learn, the experiences you have and ultimately the way it changes you presents employers with a person who is not only worldly wise but also well rounded. You can demonstrate that you can easily problem solve, appreciate other cultures and can deal with environments that change at the drop of a hat. All of that is very attractive to recruiters looking for a dynamic, resilient and resourceful employee.

Many travellers choose to become self-employed and even take the leap to become digital nomads, as they have become more self-sufficient, confident and creative through travel. There are many ways to work and travel at the same time, which for some is the ultimate state of nirvana.

To quote Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” There seems to be no doubt about the truth in that statement but you may or may not agree. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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If you need travel advice, request a free 30 minute coaching session. In the chat Annie will help you choose a destination, create your itinerary and review safety precautions. Or she can discuss how you can incorporate more travel into your life by saving, making money, travelling for free or being paid to travel.

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