Friday, February 2, 2018

How Travel Can Change Your Life Forever

Travelling is one of those powerful things that everyone should do. If you imagine the world to be a book, if you don't travel and explore it, you'll only have read the first page, and what fun is that when you can read the whole thing? Travel teaches you new things, and will certainly change your life forever, teaching you about yourself, and how to become the best version of you.

Here are just a few examples of how travelling will change your life.

You obtain confidence.
Travelling the world can be a very intimidating thing for most. It takes a lot of self-belief and determination, so knowing that you have been able to do it will give you a lot of confidence. You achieved something great, and pushed your abilities to the max - so now what's next to do?

You are the explorer.  
If you've always wanted to be the adventurer that discovers new things and places, then become a traveller. That's what you constantly do all day, every day. There are so many treasures yet to be found, and you can be the one to find them. The further you go, the more you'll see. So put that pirate hat on and get sailing.

You are the storyteller.
Regardless of whether you enjoy public speaking or not, you'll soon feel obliged to. You will see so much, and experience things that not everyone gets the chance to, that you'll end up being the most exciting storyteller around. Some being about the things that you've done, others being about what someone else has told you. You'll be the person that everyone goes silent for every time you open your mouth, as no one will want to miss the story.

You broaden your horizons.
When travelling around the world, you will see many different ways of living. Different cultures, people, and food. You will realise that the world doesn't just work one way - the way you know. There are tons of different things to experience that will open your eyes and make you see that things are so much bigger than what you think they are.

You will have friends from around the world.  
The more people you meet as time goes on, the more friends you will make. You will have conversations with the unlikeliest of people, and get to know their fears, passions, and soulmates. It's impossible not to make deep relationships and connections with the people you encounter - it's just part of the adventure. The retired barman, the hippie couple, and the local lady that fed you - they'll always have a place in your heart.

You are more social.
Travelling pushes you to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. If you weren't a conversation starter before, you will definitely start being one now. When alone, it's just human nature to want to find other connections so you don't feel so distant. Our brain needs stimulation, and one way of getting that is through conversation. So you will be surprised at how social you become.

You develop new skills.
There are so many things that you will learn that will shape you, and teach you things, and these can be taken back into your ordinary life and used on a daily basis. This may include things like creativity, communication, wisdom, patience, and anything else that you manage to obtain while you're away. You may discover things that you never knew you could do until now.

You will learn to go with the flow.
Going with the flow can be very difficult for some people because it requires you to let go of the control you have on a situation, or stop you from making a plan, and for a lot of us, those things are comforting because it gives us structure to our lives. But life isn't perfect, and things don't always go to plan, and the sooner you learn that, the quicker you will start enjoying things. This is an essential outlook to have when travelling, otherwise you may find yourself stuck in a rut a lot of the time. So just, see what happens.

You discover yourself.
This is often said, but it really is true. The things you see and do will get you thinking and reflect on yourself and how you live your life. And some things - good or bad - will connect with you, and awaken something inside yourself you may not have known existed. This can be frightening, but allow it to happen. Not everyone encounters this moment.