Let’s be honest, who was not captivated by the feeling of anticipation before the trip and the desire to get up at 4 in the morning for the plane, when on an ordinary day it is difficult even to imagine? When you travel, you usually find some routes to the most interesting attractions, museums and just good places where to eat. Along the way, you put a spare sunscreen into your suitcase, knowing that in a couple of tens of hours you will be able to soak up the sun somewhere on the Cote d’Azur, or you will be fascinated by the ancient castle. Perhaps this description is enough to spark the idea of travel, but there are a few more non-obvious reasons that will help you decide on your next adventure. Unless, of course, you have not yet rushed to pack your bags.
1. Get to Know Yourself From a New Side
When you are traveling, a little thing can often catch you off guard and change your self-image. Just yesterday you were embarrassed to defend your rightful place in the line, but today you are talking to a stranger on the street. And in another ten minutes, you are going to travel with your new company to a very exotic place nearby. Or you have always dreamed of learning how to do somersaults, and your new friend happily shows you the basics. So, after a couple of hours of training, you are ready to jump from a 10-meter waterfall, doing a difficult trick in the air. After all of that, you might safely write down this new skill in the list of your achievements.
2. Feel New Smells and Tastes
Perhaps this is the first thing you will have to face in an unfamiliar place. The truth is that the changes are not immediately noticeable. Thanks to such little things, you might feel the real culture and traditions of the people who live in that exact place. Although a couple of days ago it was only a dot on the map.
3. Change Your Usual Landscape
There is no secret that we need to look at the horizon to be on the same wavelength with the world (is it not a secret, right?). But sometimes watching the same trees from a car window is boring. Changing the steppe to mountains, mountains to the sea, and the sea to the desert, you can truly relax and re-boot your head, your body, and, most importantly, your soul.
4. Switch From Monotonous Everyday Life
A point that follows from the previous one. You can stop worrying about washing / cooking / changing spark plugs or noisy neighbors with a drill (underline as appropriate). There is no guarantee that they will not find you thousands of kilometers away from home, but it will turn out to shift the focus of attention and really “reboot”.
5. Learn New Things
For example, how to cook extravagant meals or just go to a Chinese calligraphy workshop. When you are on vacation, you need to try something that you would never do at home. First of all, because there is no right place and time when you are home. And secondly, who in their right mind would come up with the idea to go to study Jedi techniques in their hometown? Another thing in Bali …
6. Stop Being Afraid. No, This is NOT About The Comfort Zone
To get out of your comfort zone, you must first get into it, but that’s a completely different story. I’m talking about the fact that knowing almost everything about yourself, in a new place, your fear fades into the background. Your adrenaline and a burning desire come to the fore, and you are full of confidence to find new places where crowds of tourists do not lead, but you have heard about it from other travelers. BTW, the police officers will gladly help you (most of the time).
7. Make New Friends
Especially if you are not staying in a 5-star hotel with the same tourists as you are, but in a regular hostel or, even better, by Couchsurfing. Of course, sometimes you want to be alone, but this is a great life hack that will help you look at life through the eyes of the locals. In particular, if you want to consider a country for a potential relocation. In general, the more friends there are, the easier it is to travel: someone will help you to find an Instagram place, and someone will even offer to spend the night in his house!
8. Get Into Ridiculous Situations
And bring memories with you instead of fridge magnets. Curiosities – this is where the storehouse of stories that can be retold to your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Moreover, when they are filled with real action of how you made your way through the jungle to meet the sunrise on a beautiful mountain. Meanwhile, the heavens decided to flood the whole area with tropical rain. Or how I caught the biggest tuna which some wild shark almost ate! But you got it first. Well, the magnet would still ever get lost.
9. Get to Know People for Real
It would be foolish to say that after spending a lot of time traveling, you remain closed to other cultures. Over time, you begin to understand how different people live in every corner of the World and how much all of them are similar to each other. Traveling to new places, you discover not only yourself, but also you get to know others as they are. Yes, people are different, but you will be surprised that everywhere they want the same thing – to be happy!
10. Love the World Around You
Say what you like, but our planet is an amazing place, where there is still so much unknown. Even if you are staying in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or nearby the highest waterfall in the world, you become a discoverer. It’s not for your Instagram followers, but for yourself. Even if everyone has seen it a million times, but for you – it is your first time! This wonderful feeling cannot be compared with anything, because you, again and again, open the world for real!
11. Bonus: If You Go On a Trip With Someone
This test of strength is no less than an apartment rebuilding together! All the people who know will confirm. Usually the most extreme situations, and for somebody, it might be a simple trip to a neighboring city can be another challenge – masks fall off and people show their real reactions! This is where you can find out who is your true friend and who was just pretending.
I hope that now you have no doubts and the suitcase is already packed. Good luck in your travels and see you! 🙂