Everyone has a dream of traveling somewhere new and exotic. Once you do you either love or hate it, and I've been blessed with the opportunity of doing most of it at such a young age. Traveling has become one of my biggest passions, and here are some benefits you get from traveling at a young age.
You Become More Culturally Aware
One of the biggest things I have to be thankful for is the fact that I am more culturally aware as an individual. I've gotten to explore places with some of the fanciest bathrooms to just holes in the grounds. I've gotten to hear the smoothest of jazz to the loud beating of drums. There is a whole new appreciation for the culture that one has to leave their community to encounter.
You Learn to Pack a Suitcase in Less than 12 Hours
My family was very big on snagging last minute flight and vacation deals, so it could be the day before, and my parents would say pack a suitcase we're leaving. After doing this quite a few times, you become an organizational champ.
You Get to Try a Variety of New Food
This is probably was my drive during every adventure: when am I going to eat next? Every country had different things, and even the most similar of things, were all cooked completely.
You Learn More Time Management than Ever
Some trips would be wake up 7 a.m. and not get to bed until midnight so that you could do just about anything and everything that there was to do. You learn how precious time really when and how to make the most of every day.
You Appreciate the Things You Have
Traveling the world is not just what is, but it makes you more aware of the things you have in life. I've never appreciated a freezer or electricity like I did when I watched my foreign family put all their meat in a plastic ice box when the electricity went out.
You Get to "Adventure" more
You're young, wild, and free. It's best used to climb a mountain, go swimming or dive in a cenote. Your body is built to do the craziest now. If you wait too long, you'll be too weak to do it, and it'll leave you with the question of what if.
You Experience More Real Conversations than Ever
While now there is wifi just about anywhere you go, just a couple of years ago it was difficult to secure the internet. It made you put your phone away, and gave you the opportunity to make real conversations. People of today society are like technological zombie depending on their devices for everything. It was only a short time ago when it was just paper maps and a sense of direction.