6 Reasons Traveling Can Open Your Eyes And Your Mind

6 Reasons Traveling Can Open Your Eyes And Your Mind

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m from Indiana, but I spent four years living in Germany with my family. And it was an amazing experience that I would never give up. It took some time to adjust, but then it was just a magical adventure. Being so close to so many other countries meant that we got to travel all the time and visit places I didn't even know existed, and that changed my life. Here are six reasons why I love to travel.

1. Seeing and experiencing different culture


Whenever I visit a new country or even another region of a country I've already been in, I get to experience a whole new culture. Everywhere you go, things are new, different ways of greeting and saying goodbye, different ways to shop, and different ways of transportation. I've been to places where people took the public bus starting in kindergarten and I've seen people that bike everywhere they possibly can even in less than comfortable weather.

Different countries have different brands so it's interesting to see how people dress and see some of the traditional outfits of the country mixed with some more modern clothing. Toys are very different too, it's fun to see all the differences in what children play with in other parts of the world. Then, there are small things that are different that you never would have thought of. For instance, in Germany, dogs are a part of everyday life. They are trained in a social environment and you see them in shops, malls, and restaurants and they are always well behaved. I've never seen that in Indiana.

2. Trying new foods

I've stuck my nose up at a lot of different types of food, but my mom always made me try new things. And I'm glad she did. I've found so many different foods I like in so many different cultures. France has the best tarts, pastries and baguettes ever and the beef bourguignon is simply delicious. In Germany, I love the bread and gelbwurst sausage, but my favorite was always schnitzel. Trying new foods at home is good, but nothing beats authentic cuisine.

3. Meeting new and interesting people

Another thing I love about traveling is meeting new people everywhere I go. From the baker to the waitress to the cashier at the mall everyone can be fun to talk to. Some of the best conversations I've had with people were when we could barely understand anything the other was saying, we would just pick up bits and pieces and collect the rest from body language and tone. Sometimes you get to hang out with people while you're visiting and they can become friends for life, if you connect well.

4. Being totally immersed in a different language

I love when I'm traveling and I can't understand anyone around me. At first, it can be a little scary because you feel like the anomaly. But when you start to listen, it's beautiful. The flow of all the words around you and once you are there long enough you might even start to pick up on some of the simple things said.

5. Seeing famous sites and buildings

I love the feeling of seeing something in person that I have seen pictures of and it's finally real and in front of me. The pictures usually can't even do it justice, it just feels amazing! The elegant beauty of the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the night, walking the immense gardens at Versailles, the overwhelming elegance of the palace in Vienna, nothing beats the feeling of standing in front of something so amazing, something with a history and seeing just how real it is. Castles are especially fun to visit, because I have to imagine that someone lived or still lives there. The castles are so big and magnificent it can be so hard to believe that anyone lived there as their personal home.

6. Getting Home With A New Outlook On Life

Whenever I go somewhere new and I get home, the experience stays with me. I notice how my own society works differently. How some things are done better in my own community and that we could make improvements just by observing and changing how we currently do things. I feel like I come back with a better understanding of people and how to help those who are new to an area or people who are just passing through. Plus, by talking with others you may inspire someone else to explore the world.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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7 Things Never To Do While Visiting London

Abandon all hope, ye who use public transport during rush hour.

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As I've said before, London is an interesting place to be, however, there are a handful of things that should be avoided. Of course, mistakes will be made and lessons will be learned, but maybe if you read this, you'll know better faster.

1. Do not stand on the left.

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... of the escalator. Some people prefer to walk down to their train, and if you're in the way, it's as if you were sent from hell itself, especially during rush hour

2. Do not take the Central Line.

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Unless you're going to the Museum of London or St. Paul's. Or you're into weird smells and clinging to the pole because there is no such thing as a smooth ride. To each their own.

3. Do not attempt to get anything to eat in Leicester Square after 4:30.

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Leicester (pronounced like "Lester") Square is one of the best places to grab some grub in Central London because of the sheer amount of choices. Just plan to eat early because everyone else knows that very thing and you'll end up waiting an eternity for a table, then food.

4. Do not rely completely on an app.

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It's totally fine if you have no clue where you going or how public transport works, but once you get the hang of it, you're allowed to trust your own judgment. Maybe you don't have to get off the train then switch twice before getting there instead of riding a few stops more and switching once.

5. Do not attempt to take the Tube during Rush Hour when you have other options.

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Just take the bus if you have to to the national railways. The SWR trains are slow, but at least you're not packed in like sardines and there are usually open seats.

6. Do not forget to check for student discounts and bring your ID.

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Remember this when you go to the palaces, it could save you six pounds and make a real difference if you're going with others.

7. Do not let anything ruin your day.

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There will be a lot of things that will try to ruin your day... Like people who intentionally break some rules above, lines (Sorry, queues), poor navigation skills, etc. Still, you're in London. Savor your visit, and don't let any mistakes or people without common decency ruin your visit.

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