I, like many other people, have been stuck inside staring at the same four walls for longer than I care to admit. This time has given me the opportunity to reflect and decide what I want my next couple of years to look like.
While graduating from college and finding a job are my top priorities, I also want to take the time to travel.
Being quarantined has made me realize that I only have a short amount of time to see all of the beautiful places in this world and that is just what I plan to do.
I have always considered traveling to be relaxing and inspirational. It is one of those things that everybody wants to do but most of the time choose not to.
We allow the simplest situations to stop us from going on what could be life-changing adventures. I came up with a couple of reasons why traveling is a good thing for myself and maybe you too.
If you feel your life is dull or you need a change, start traveling and you will find what parts of your life need adjusting.
All the challenges and opportunities that traveling lays at your feet help you to discover yourself in a way that's only possible on the road. So what are you still doing here? Get out there and find something new.
1. It challenges yourself.
Sometimes people can feel stuck in the rut of daily life or experience a yearning for something exciting and different. People naturally crave new experiences and challenges.
Travel is an ideal way to test yourself. It pushes people to their limits and gets them outside their comfort zone.
You'll discover how resourceful you can be when exposed to new places, people, and experiences. Maybe it's finding your way around a busy city, ordering a meal when you don't speak the language or daredevil stunts that you swore you'd never try.
Regardless, overcoming challenges will bring you joy and energy for whatever you face in the future. You'll realize how capable you are and build your confidence.
2. Discover things you never knew about the world you've been living in.
Many people don't realize that all people aren't the same. Meeting people from other cultures will teach you that the way you've been looking at the world isn't necessarily the way everybody else does.
In fact, your point of view might have some blind spots.
Seeing the world for yourself will improve your vision and your grip on reality.
People you meet while on the road have the potential to become some of the most valued names on your contact list. They become places on the map to visit.
These people can give you a glimpse outside your hometown circle of friends and force you to take in new and refreshing perspectives.
3. Inspire you to feel passionate about things you may have never known existed.
Pursuing your passions is something that most people should do. It takes courage to pursue your passion and find happiness in doing something that you want to do.
Traveling the world can help you gain clarity on what your passions actually are.
Being in a breathtaking place has an interesting way of making you think differently. It helps bring out all of your creativity and can help you make the decision to follow your dreams.
If you are feeling like you are just going through the motions of life, maybe a trip somewhere is just what you need to bring clarity to your life.
4. To provide you with a new perspective on cultures different from your own.
One of the most mind-blowing things about traveling to new places is the new perspectives you gain on life. Traveling can open your eyes to how privileged you are if you come from a country that has a wide variety of resources every couple of blocks.
Travel to different countries with distinct cultures can also make you appreciate the life you live that much more.
Traveling to places you've never been before humbles you in many ways and will improve your attitude towards life. It is truly amazing to see the beauty of this world through your own lens.