Unexpected Benefits You Can Reap If You Start Traveling
Written by: Janet Early
In addition to seeing wonderful new places, creating lasting memories and expanding your understanding of the world, travel grants you all sorts of benefits that will transform the person you are for the better.
1. Adaptability. Traveling brings the unfamiliar. Learning how to adapt to foreign places, people who speak differently than you and challenging physical travel will build up your ability to cope in various situations. If you’re highly adaptable and something knocks you off your heels in your “normal” life, you’ll be able to roll with the punches like a pro.
2. Gratitude. If you’re doing some adventurous traveling, chances are there will be times when you’re without comfortable or even basic amenities. This will make you grateful for the simple things in life – a warm, familiar bed, fresh clothes, the familiar items in your bedroom. Gratitude is a breeding ground for contentment.
3. Ability to cope with the unexpected. Challenges will arise when you travel. Learning how to right the track when you’re thrown a curveball is a lesson you can carry with you always. That way, when things don’t go as planned in your everyday life, you’ll have already developed skills in how to survive the unexpected.
4. Experience outside your comfort zone. New places and new faces will inevitably cause some discomfort. By challenging the limits of your comfort zone, you will build up personal durability in terms of what you can handle, as well as confidence in unfamiliar situations. Being outside your comfort zone for long enough will actually expand its limits, enabling you to handle more than you ever thought possible.
5. Being in the moment. When you experience new adventures, try new cuisine and explore beautiful foreign locales, it’s difficult to think about other things. You will be present in the rawest sense, registering each new experience for what it is. This gift of presence is invaluable and will strengthen your ability to handle stress and resolve adversity in your everyday life.
6. Increased tolerance. Travel will bring experiences that expand your notion of tolerance. When living in the same place for a long time, you typically become accustomed to that society’s norms and values. Interacting with new cultures and modes of thinking, consequently, will expand your understanding of different ways of living, making you more tolerant to cultural variances.
7. Appreciation for the everyday. As amazing as your traveling is, there may come a point where you find yourself yearning to be back in your own bed, in fresh clothes and with your familiar surroundings. This is more true depending on the length and style of your travels. You gain an appreciation for the comfort and familiarity of your everyday routine.
8. New insight on the illusion of “barriers.” People are people. Generally, people experience joy from similar things, appreciate friendship and kindness and become emotional over issues reflecting on the human experience. Differences in language or social norms are noticeable, but ultimately superficial. You will realize that these traits are not barriers, but just differences that can be overcome.
9. Perspective on your place in the world. It becomes easy to settle into a bubbled perspective when you stay in one place for a long amount of time. However, when you cross physical borders, you will also realize that the world is so much bigger than just the place in which you grew up. Traveling will broaden your view on the world and also help you to figure out how you fit into it. Perhaps it will lead you to a place that is better suited for you than where you currently live.
10. Better understanding of where you come from. When you travel, you not only get to see new places, but also see how inhabitants of those new places view the place that you’re from. It comes up in conversation and in the questions people will ask you. Your understanding of your homeland and roots will evolve with foreign perspectives from people who have grown up elsewhere.
11. Peaked curiosity. Travelers tend to be curious beings already. Regardless, seeing new places, trying new foods, meeting new people and embarking on new experiences will rejuvenate your sense of curiosity. It will fill you with a taste of the unknown so satisfying that it will be impossible not to carry it over into your daily life.
So, what are you waiting for? Get to traveling!
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Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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