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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
― Mark Twain

Why Travel The World

We all have that one friend on Facebook that occasionally pops up offering up an opportunity for us to live vicariously through their experiences. They post up photos of sunsets in highly desirable locations on the other side of the world and at first it amuses, then promotes wanderlust, we have a little daydream about our next vacation and then the jealousy sinks in. Although, I just made that generalisation up so if that resonates with you in any way then you’ve come to the right blog post.

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
― Seth Godin

It’s a big decision. Even leaving your comfort zone for a brief 20 minute jog once a week is a struggle for some and in those cases a life shifting experience like travelling may be the key to breaking that way of thinking, the way that promotes retreating, the withdrawal back to unhealthy routines. This leads us on to reason number one:

1. SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR COMFORT ZONE

By not taking risks, you never really discover your true self. It’s only ever about doing what is safe and easy but how will you ever know what really makes you tick if you’ve never tried it. Travel will push you into a flurry of seemingly uncomfortable situations like forcing you to meet new people with completely different lifestyles and cultures or navigating your way around a mountain where no one speaks your native language..etc.

comfort-zone

We could only hope the Tuk-Tuk driver understood our intended destination, as he drove us nearly two hours through remote Thailand as it started to get dark.

 

2. TIME SLOWS DOWN

A regular routine builds strong neurological connections that over time allow for us to automate activities almost seamlessly. Think about that journey to work where not a thought is spared on the direction, forced into the present only by an obstruction. “I’ve been working here 10 years and I don’t know where the time has gone” – that’s not for me. An ever changing horizon continually breathes new experiences and with in those we truly live in the moment, we are gifted with the present.

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Beautiful sunsets over the ancient Angkor Temples

 

3. GAIN IMPORTANT PERSPECTIVES

With nothing but your backpack filled with essentials you venture out into new cultures without access to the usual facilities and material objects you might usually take for granted. Many people live in the type of poverty that is truly unfathomable until you experience it first hand. As a westerner I will never forget the first time I drove through Brazilian slums and without going into detail, I can assure you that television is not the same. Statistics are numbers and individual stories remain unheard. A culture shock can only positively affect you, it compels you to give back, to help out and to appreciate in innumerable ways the lifestyle upon return.

combodia

Cambodia is a beautiful country but a far cry from what we consider ‘luxury’ in the west.

 

4. WE ARE NOT GUARANTEED OLD AGE

Travelling is often postponed with the intentions of ‘becoming a responsible adult’ or ‘building up a real life’ in the mean time. Some even say they are savouring the opportunity for retirement. Without injecting too much personal opinion, that’s just the views of society’s norm being expressed by those who are already deeply conforming. It is your choice to live how you wish. But, if I don’t live to my forties, fifties or sixties, I can safely say that I have no regrets. Choosing to buy experiences over external objects has transformed me in so many way that I am sincerely grateful for.

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You won’t feel like getting lifts in the back of a pickup when your 70 as the sun sets.

 

5. AND THIS…

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

TELL US YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Have you been travelling and want to share your reasons to travel?
Are you thinking about seriously travelling but have some doubts on a certain topic? Let us know below.

Thanks for reading

  • Sander Trap

    I live in The Netherlands and I just bought my ticket to China for this summer. This blog post made me more exited! Thank you!

    • livelearnevolve

      Glad to hear that Sander, thanks for reading!

  • Mateo

    I’m Italian and here in Italy you study for five years at the “superiori” (that’s the way it’s called, it’s like a school in which you go from 14-15 to 18-19). I’m in the last year and next step is university; i think i know what i want to study, but actually i have been selected with 9 more students of my age to go living in another country for 10 weeks during the summer. I’m really excited about it but I’m afraid I will fall in love with a lifestyle (they city i might go is Berlin or London) that doesn’t belong to me, I’m afraid I won’t want to come back home.

    • AceAngel

      It is very natural for you to think that way. Instead of worrying about you might not want to come back home to Italy, I think that you should focus on what you want to learn on this exciting trip. When you reach the new place, you might discover that it might no be actually how you imagined(good/bad) it to be. Depending on the circumstances, you have to choose to jump out of your comfort zone and leaving home. Home is where the heart is! Be a global citizen.Make new friends name family wherever you are!

    • Manoj Kumar

      dont come back, if you find soul`s peace there, you will be at crossroads of life, just follow your universe`s guidance

      • The problem is that I just can’t. My parents don’t want me to. They want me to go to university!

        • Sil

          #1: your parents should never control your future. With this said is not that everyone must spend a life backpacking, but that living abroad for a medium (or long or even endless) period of time can be very beneficial. As a teen you have a lot of possibilities: taking a year to travel between highschool and university (I wish I had done that), start university and go for an exchange abroad (that’s what I did), attend university in a foreign country etc. I’m Italian too and I can say that once you leave Italy it’s very hard to go back there and accept the inefficiency of the whole country, but after your studies you can always leave again, and you will know a second or third language which will make you more competitive to find a job anywhere you want.

  • Whitedoe

    Fascinating- that’s what travellin makes me feel. I’ve been away for two months now backpacking. Everyday’s a new adventure, new discoveries, endless learning. Exciting aren’t they. The best part is talking to strangers along the journey, its fine. After all they’re just another human from another part of the world-just like me; sharing thoughts & life stories. And often new friendship is established. Such a mindful experience, really. On the other hand, this is a great post thumbs up 🙂

  • CarneAsadaBrito

    Lucky enough to have had the means to do a lot of travel in my early 20s, much of it with my now wife. Now in my early 30s, we now have a 6 month old that takes up ALL our time and resources. Had we waited, we would have missed out on all the friends and experiences that we’ve made along the way. Had we waited, we might be feeling regret at having missed our opportunity to see the world. Instead, we can happily focus on our little one and plan with excitement the next step of our discovery once he’s old enough.

  • Veeria

    only I have money and the easiness to obtain visa though.

  • Cat R.

    Travelling has always been one of my greatest pleasures. I backpacked for a whole year around the world in my early 20’s and just loved it. The chance to see new places, to meet new people and to know that you can survive out there is amazing. I can still remember the people who came in to my life during that trip … Even if I only knew them for one day. Their friendship and kindness, while I was “alone” among the world was just wonderful. The chance to see famous places, historical places and the quiet, unknown places is wonderful.
    I am currently planning a 3 month trip with my husband and 2 daughters (11 & 9), in Europe and north America. This will be the end of a 4 year stay in Switzerland and will get us back home to Australia. We are all very excited and I can’t wait. Sharing travels and new places with my daughters is great. They have had, and will have, such amazing experiences with all this travelling and living overseas. They are so open minded and eager for new things. I know as they grow, their lives will not be “ordinary” or “boring”. And I know we have all really lived!!

  • JD

    I work, so that the world has food and shelter and clothing and such. I don’t travel because, like a large majority of the world’s population, I have to make all the stuff that the travelers aren’t making for themselves. But now I know that this makes me a bad person!

    • 李詩微 SieMei

      Not all travelers are backpackers that have saved up money or living off the bank of mum & dad with no job. I travel and work so the world can be educated, you can provide a useful skill/product and still travel it just depends on how you set about it. Even if you don’t leave the borders of your own country you can travel to world outside your comfort zone and get a new perspective.

    • CP

      You work so that YOU have food and shelter and clothing and such.

    • Ally

      You are quite right that travel for travel’s sake is a luxury. However, it is a luxury that affords huge potential for good. Travel breaks down barriers of ignorance and racism as you bring your experiences home. Travel, if you do it properly, also gives you a unique skill set. Travel gives you the strength of adaptability, the ability to remain calm in a crisis and ideally, the ability to speak another language. These are all skills that can help you back at home. If you can speak another language you are in a perfect position to work with foreign communities at home or abroad. Travel also need not be solely for leisure. I am an interpreter, a skill I learned working with children in Argentina and archaeologists in Guatemala. I now use this in my work in the US as a bilingual advocate to help immigrant communities at home. Be careful not to label all travellers as leisure travellers who give nothing back. The true value of travel is the skills you learn and the way you use them.

    • Yy

      I agree that not all travelers are leisure travelers and do give back to society with what they do, but I think what JD is trying to say is that the world cannot survive on just words, photography. Somebody has to build and maintain the airplanes that travelers use to travel the world for example. Somebody has to fly it. Somebody has to make the computers that travelers use to do their photography and write their articles. Somebody has to be there when people need medical attention.
      And as JD said, somebody has to work to get food in the markets/supermarkets, build the hostels and hotels and homes, man the production line and such.

  • Chris Hoffman

    Can’t afford to travel the world, but I live in a city , Vancouver Canada that I meet people from different cultures, faiths, races on a daily basis. Sometimes experience food, music, dance from around the world.

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  • Azman Awi

    L.I.F.E. – Living In Fulfillment & Enlightenment

  • I’ve been traveling since more than 3 year now. I was in Asia, St America, Africa, I regularly travel around the Europe. It is amazing , the feeling when you leave your place, your home, friends and go discover the world. I do not say I run away from my life, just leave the problems of daily life for a moment and go enjoying the world. I always travel alone, I sleep in CS people’s houses, or cheap hostels. I meet people around the world.I am a student of Hospitality Management , this year I am going for 4 months to USA, working and then explore the cities, like NY, Atlanta, Miami. The problem with traveling is …once you start, you will never stop.

  • Kelly Johnston

    I found a career that I loved working in film and all genres from sports to feature films and also PR for major rock bands.
    This job paid for me to travel,while I worked in my dram job. I’ve been able to travel from Russia working for Putins Russian Red Devils to a private island to film music video.
    This past year I spent 3 months doing my bucket list trip to south east Asia to see my best friend in Australia to watching a baby elephant be born.
    How lucky am I!! And lucky I am. If I hadn’t done all this while I was young and to work to do this I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to. I’m waiting for a heart transplant and if I do get a new one the first thing I will do is climb. Kilimanjaro. Don’t waste time planning just do, you’ll never know when you can’t

  • Stan

    Absolutely! Failing to achieve an enlarged perspective of the world is one that tends to promote our own failures in society. I’ve consistently been asked to deliberately step outside of my comfort zone to gain perspective. I look on my life as an exchange student in Taiwan/Denmark, motorcyclist around the USA, (soon-to-be) cross-country bicyclist, and work in diverse American communities as one that has entirely changed my life and approach to living within it. If interested, there’s a better bio at my bicycling/cause page: http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/7154 Travel on!

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  • Karla Brewster

    I travel because my soul isn’t happy in one place for long…I yearn for the next flight to take me to who knows where on whatever adventure awaits me there…I always start my journeys in Rome….I am going again soon(April) on a short journey this time—but, from there, I would to run up to Paris for a few days, then to Milan where I will be forced by the laws to govern existence to return back to the states to earn some more money to do it all again—hopefully in the fall, where maybe I can go for a month or more…
    I really want to go back to Afghanistan or Iraq and hook up with a front line military unit to do some photo journalism….but, that would require several months of commitment—I am working on it—I have to have plenty of rent money or a sponsor or someone who wants to dog-sit and pay my bills while I am gone….
    Someday, when my mother is no longer around to worry about me(I caused her enough grief as a kid, I don’t want to cause her anymore if I can avoid it.), I will take a sabbatical from life as I have known it and travel for a few years, just my camera, my backpack and a dog.

  • Liz

    I couldn’t have read this at a better time. I am headed to Peru to hike Machu Pichu in 2 weeks with some friends, and after working for the last 6 months at my first “big girl job” aka 9-5 post college life, I think this trip is much needed. I am not used to the monotony of a 9-5 job and some days I really struggle with the whole idea of working 9-5, 5 days a week. Anyways, I think this trip to Peru will give me the travel bug, and a big reality check which I really need right now. Thanks for the message!

  • john

    finishing college in just under three months and travel is what I want to do. Europe is the aim for the first stop. any advice for a first time traveller? loving this post by the way

  • Sirpa Mastall

    I can only totally agree, travelling is breaking our routine, brings us to a new level for things and situations we do NOT think about anymore.

    For me personally the best way to earth myself, enjoining the very small things we take for so granted in our western world, in my case, rich Germany.

    Essentials like enough food ( much too much), fresh water from tap which I can drink without out getting badly sick, a clean toilet and a running state who takes care about what I flushed through the toilet and my trash, which is by far much much more than most people do all over the world, as they have so less.

    I can enjoy the power of electricity 24/7, I do not have to fear prosecution, slavery. My human rights are in generally very well protected, I do not have to fear when going on the street to be raped or displaced.

    I even have not to fear any natural catastrophy, which, might be not so naturally, more man made.

    And yes travelling proves me that having so much things is not what makes you happy. So many I have seen and met in very very poor circumstances and harsh conditions are most often much much more happy ….the reasons why….well I’m still on the journey to find out….there are many truths and many reasons…

    And what one learns as well while travelling, you’ll see things from another perspective, we westerners or lets say those from rich countries (ruling the world), do not keep the absolute truth…but often we behave like it…

    …what I have learned (sometimes also quickly forget in my own daily routine when back home:-( ), I should not lament as I was lucky to be born in a country where I do not have to fear to survive and have so much easy given opportunities in our society…and I can afford to travel to open my mind:-)

    If I do not make the best out of it, for a wonderful and fulfilled life before my body leaves this wonderful planet Earth..who else will do it….

    Happiness is a choice. Your circumstance can affect it, but you’re still the one who decides your happiness.

    So all the best to you there out in the world:-)

  • L.Mo

    I booked a ticket to Cuba few months ago. Cuba was always a dream, a place I always had yearned for since I was a kid. Why Cuba? I dont know…I already travelled to some beautiful countries and I met some wonderful people. Travelling is one of the best ways to educate your mind and to expand your consciousness. no matter where you go, you will recognize that we people have much more in common than imagined, and thats what I love most about voyages…its not about vacation..no. its about connecting and evolvin:)

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  • chans1239

    Hi, I am Uday and I am from India(Bangalore). Travelling is my passion. Travelling makes me feel good and I always wanted to travel all around the world, meet different people different culture. That feeling of Awe you get when you go to exotic and exceptional places witnessing the beauty of the nature the climate, it’s just impossible to explain in words.

    I have been travelling much since last year and by travelling you gain confidence and trust, many simple perceptions of right and wrong changes. You begin to evolve as a human being understanding the life in various forms.

    If it is possible I would leave my job and start travelling all around the world but let me save some money for it first!!

  • Love this! “We are not guaranteed old age” Amen! I said I wanted to be a well traveled person when I was a young girl, and 3 years ago, I made that a reality. On the road and living abroad… No signs of stopping 🙂 Great post!

  • Charie Flores

    It has always been my dream and passion to travel. How could you possibly do this though if you don’t have enough money to spend?

    • Alison

      You can start small by traveling to places near you. Even experiencing a different city or small town can completely change your perspective. Stay at a youth hostel or a relative or friend for a weekend or a week.

    • I have a half written article about ways of traveling cheap through outlets like wwoof.org. Whereby you volunteer for X amount of hours per day in return for food and accommodation, not only do you get to experience life amidst another culture but it’s a great way to meet like minded people too!

      I’ll post the article here when it’s done, hopefully in the next few weeks.

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  • Marcus Worsley

    I have just come back from a 4 month trip travelling around Southeast Asia on my own. I can honestly it has been the best experience of my life, it’s kinda sad how some people go through life without even getting close to experience anything like it. I’m 21 and in my second year at university and I cannot wait to go back. If you’re debating the idea, don’t think just do it!!!!

    • Great to hear Marcus, did the article resonate with your experience?
      One thing I missed off this list – probably because it was written amidst backpacking through Asia myself – was an intense feeling of gratitude for western amenities upon returning home. Simple things like having a hot shower were experienced with a real sobering gratitude that can quickly disperse when it becomes part of a routine again!

      • Marcus Worsley

        Yeah it did Sam. For me though the most important thing about my travels, or at the least the thing I value most, is the connections I made with people on my journey. It seems when you’re travelling everyone is so much more open and alive which is so different to most people back home, stuck in their own bubble not really living life. I’m just dying to get back out there but then again the wait will make me appreciate the moment more when I do get back out there.

        I found a really good quote which I got from one of the travel magazines in my hostel which highlights the point that you’ve made: “For me, the most important way that travel changes us and teaches us to become better people is that it forces us to appreciate life in that moment. The first hot shower you’ve had in five days, the Skype with your Mum who you haven’t spoken to in weeks, the spontaneous moment when you re-encounter a long lost travel buddy or the last night with someone who you’ve shared so much with. Although we travel the world to see extraordinary places, we also travel to be able to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.”

  • Marina Utami

    True! One thing that changed me is the feeling of missing “Home”. How grateful I am for living so comfortably before. And its better if you go solo only by yourself rather than going in couple or group. Travel made me find myself 🙂
    The article is well written! Thank you for posting it up!

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  • Robert R.

    Well you don’t have to convince me. And I’ll be sure to do it soon as I wake up one day and find Publishers’s Clearing house folks at my door with one of those big checks….. LOL

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  • Michele Roberts

    Travelling is a person’s greatest achievement. The priceless gift which they can gift themselves. Always be ready to travel the world and hit your comfort zone. Reading this one will add extra wings to your dreams http://himalayadestination.com/blog/why-you-should-travel/

  • anonymous

    This is exactly what I think about traveling. This post makes me fantasize about traveling even more. I want this. I want to get out of my comfort zone and gain more knowledge about different countries and lifestyles. This post is so persuasive, even people who may not want to travel will highly consider it after reading this. You’re absolutely right. We may not have a full age ahead of us. We can die tomorrow for all we know. And that’s why we should travel today. Check out my blog post of the places I want to travel to before I die: https://bucketlistdesires.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/%E2%9C%88-the-wanderlust-%E2%9C%88/ .

  • This job paid for me to travel,while I worked in my dram job. I’ve been able to travel from Russia working for Putins Russian Red Devils to a private island to film music video.
    This past year I spent 3 months doing my bucket list trip to south east Asia to see my best friend in Australia to watching a baby collections elephant be born.
    How lucky am I!! And lucky I am. If I hadn’t done all this while I was young and to work to do this I wouldn’t have gotten the chance

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