Traveling and familiarizing yourself with other cultures and ways of living has the power to change how you see yourself and the world around you. Many people report that travel has been a life-changing experience for them. I am also one of the people who believe empowerment through travel is real. Travel has taught me a lot of things about the world, not only about the people, culture, architecture, and history of foreign places but also about myself. Years of traveling and the opportunity to meet different cultures brought me not only fun and joy but also serenity, knowledge, courage, self-reliance, resilience, adaptability and much more.
Traveling will help you learn how to live in the now and embrace the present moment. You will discover that things will not always be as you expect, but you will also learn how to accept them as they are.
Fun and Joy
When you are out visiting another country, you will experience a lighthearted moment and an invasion of delight because you will realize that you have left all your worries behind.
Knowledge and Self-Awareness
Things will not always go as you planned. When that happens on the road or in a foreign country, you will discover what you’re really made of. Traveling tests you and strips you of the protection of the familiar.
If you decide to visit some of the third-world countries, unfortunately, you will witness hardship and poverty that may be very difficult to handle. This will help you appreciate things you have taken for granted before and see the world differently.
Openness and Courage
Things around your may be quite unfamiliar, but you will appreciate the differences and be curious about them. You may have to do things that scare you or challenge you in some way. You will push yourself beyond what you thought you are capable of both physically and emotionally.
Self-Reliance and Confidence
No matter whether you travel alone or with friends, you have only yourself to rely on, and whatever happens, you’ll have to found a way to bounce back because you don’t have any other choice. Your usual coping mechanisms won’t be available so you will have to find new ways to adapt.
Connection and Friendship
Traveling is an excellent way not only to meet new people and see the world through their eyes but also to connect with your existing friends (whom you travel with) on a deeper level. On the road, you will spend a lot of time together and meet each other better. You will also see their other side that opens up when you are in an unfamiliar environment. You will go through a lot of things together that will strengthen your relationship and create beautiful memories. Traveling is also a great way to connect your partner and to get closer to each other.
Perspective and Gratitude
You will found out that not everyone is fortunate as you are to travel and see the world. It will help you see things from another perspective and be grateful for everything you have. Realizing how grateful you are to be able to travel will also ensure you make the most out of every trip.
Meet the Author
This post was written by Brandon Miller. Brandon is a registered immigration consultant and a Canadian who re-settled in Canada with his family after traveling the world and living abroad for over a decade. His traveling experience has given him a deeper understanding of the world and himself.