“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” --St. Augustine
Traveling is good for you all-around-- mind, body, and spirit. When you travel, you open your mind up to new possibilities and experiences that you may have never seen before if you stayed on your couch. Break out of your own limitations and see that the world has so much more to offer.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ---Miriam Beard
More times than not we establish an idea of a place before we ever visit it. However, once we get there we realize that it is so much more than we ever imagined. You never know how much you really don’t know until you get there. A place you may have dismissed as too costly or dangerous may end up being the perfect destination for your next adventure.
Traveling trains the mind to be flexible and patient. Things don’t go as planned while traveling very often. This unpredictability keeps you on your toes and forces you to learn to be more flexible, in both travel and life. Traveling teaches you that even when things go awry, beautiful experiences and memories can still be made--- sometimes not in spite of it, but BECAUSE of it
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
It may seem cliche, but it doesn’t make the phrase “There’s always someone who has it worse than you do”, any less true. Most of us travel for enjoyment and leisure. Sometimes in route to our luxury destination, we get a chance to see some of the suffering in other parts of the world. This can really make the reality that our own problems are rather miniscule compared to the plight of others.
Traveling with others is good for the soul. Sharing new experiences with others will inevitably bring you much closer. Traveling will also introduce you to new friends. Getting to know people from different backgrounds and cultures can be a truly eye-opening experience. Traveling will not only make you more conscious of the world, but also more conscious of yourself. You will begin to see the world in ways you never did before.
“To travel is to live.” --Hans Christian Anderson
Ultimately, life is what you make it. Once you begin to travel and experience all that the world around you has to offer, you’ll experience gratitude and humbleness and begin to truly appreciate what you have waiting at home.