We all dream of one day being able to travel the world. But more often than not, this dream of ours remains just that—a dream. And who do we blame for this unfulfilled dream? Whether it’s time or money, “reality” is often the culprit. But really, we are the ones to blame.
See, when people think “travel the world”, images of the Eiffel Tower or the snow-capped Swiss Alps come to mind. But one doesn’t necessarily need to travel far from home to see someplace new. In fact, some of our most memorable adventures have taken place in lesser known locations only a few miles down the highway. There is beauty everywhere if you just open your eyes to it. You may never make it to Paris, but there are plenty of other places that you can and should explore. Because traveling is good for your well being! Here’s why:
An Expanded Circle Of Friends
New places means new people. Whether it’s the fellow tourists sitting next to you on the trolley or the local waiting in line for her regular morning coffee, don’t be afraid to start a conversation with the people you encounter. You never know where a conversation or a new friendship may lead. Hearing others’ life stories can be so fascinating and who knows, you may cross paths again someday! As you travel the world, be mindful that this is an opportunity to build your network and open up the doors to new opportunities. And thanks to things like social media, it’s so easy to connect with people you meet along the way and keep in touch.
A New Perspective
Whether you realize it or not, as a member of your local community, there is an unspoken expectation that you must live in such a way that your values reflect those of the community. Adapting to our surroundings is simply just human nature but sometimes it’s good to consider different perspectives before committing yourself to the recommended values placed in front of you. For example, most American communities value hard work above everything else and therefore those who appear to work the hardest tend to gain the most respect. But there are other cultures that value a balanced and an enjoyable life above all else. Rather than being workaholics, these people make time to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Neither way is right or wrong but it’s good to at least consider these different perspectives as you determine what’s most important to you.
Learn About Yourself
As you travel the world, you will encounter many things you’ve never experienced before. Trying something new is a great opportunity to both expand your knowledge and skills as well as discover new interests. You might really love white water rafting, but you’ll never know unless you try! Traveling is perfect for getting in touch with ourselves. And it also makes us more interesting to others. Each one of us is unique and for our lives to be full and beautiful, we need to embrace everything that makes us that way.
Creating something new or solving a problem can be a difficult task if we get trapped inside of a routine and don’t venture out every once in awhile. We all need a little inspiration sometimes to help us figure out our next step. When you travel the world, the abundance of new scenery, people, food, fashion and culture provides inspiration for days.
Memories That Will Last A Lifetime
Life is for living. So don’t let your horrible job, struggles with weight or fears of being single forever consume your life. Live in the moment and be spontaneous. Travel the world, dance on tables, talk to strangers, eat snails! This is how you make memories. You can plan all you want, but life never turns out the way we plan it. So just roll with it, have as much fun as you can and have faith in the fact that we each have our own unique journey.
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