We have to admit, we are making a pretty bold statement here, saying that something will CHANGE your life. In all honesty though travel will change your life there’s no beating around the bush. A lot of backpackers and travellers will tell you the exact same things we are about to.
So here are 5 Ways travelling can change your life:
1) You learn a lot about yourself.
Travelling can teach you how resilient you are. When your travelling alone with no one to rely on but yourself and maybe a travel buddy you are forced to dig deep. You are forced to deal with stress situations with seemingly no escape. Sure we travel to release ourselves from our daily stresses but let’s face it if you’ve ever gone on a vacation, they can be stressful. Typically you are on tight deadlines, forced to rely on strangers and are trying to navigate yourself through a foreign country. Sounds stressful in itself.
On top of that you are carrying your entire life in a suitcase and are living without a lot of luxuries. Travel (specifically backpacking) stripes you down to the bare minimum in both a mental and materialistic way. It’s not by any means a bad thing though. WHY? It will quickly and effectively teach you how resilient you really are, and opens your mind to the things in life that matter. You will return home with a new sense of self, a better one!
Living in a van with just us two for five months taught us a lot about ourselves and each other. We both learned so much about ourselves and each other all while surviving on the bare minimum.
We would still do it a million times over again.
2) Travelling can be extremely eye-opening.
It opens you up to the rest of the world, how they live, what they eat, their holidays, their work life, how they spend time with their families and the list goes on and on and on. You get a whole new appreciation for what you have and can better prioritize things in your life.
Travel truly inspires you to live your life to the fullest.
3) Travelling makes you step outside of your comfort zone.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be scary. What if something bad happens, or you miss home, or you can’t handle a stressful situation? The answer, it might happen but who cares. Leaving your comfort zone will ultimately allow you to understand others and the world while improving your own self worth.
By leaving your comfort zone behind and taking a leap of faith into something new, you find out who you are truly capable of being. Adventure begins outside of your comfort zone.
4) You will forever be bitten by the travel bug and become a storyteller
The travel bug is most certainly a real thing. Most backpackers come home and already have their next trip planned. It’s a constant cycle that seemingly cannot be broken.
Being able to go out and see new things, experience something new and truly explore is exhilarating. Sometimes it’s not so glamorous but those moments make the best stories in the end. Being bitten by the travel bug not only makes you an explorer but it makes you a story teller. These stories shape who we are as individuals and guide us to a better knowledge of the world and each other, in turn helping to shape the world. As Plato once said, “Those who tell the stories, rule society.” Just know that sometimes returning home from long term travel can be difficult, but there’s people around you who can relate. As fellow vagabonds…we understand you!
5) Your perspective broadens
You’ll discover almost everywhere in the world you go is extremely different. However, seeing the way other people live and experience life will allow you to evaluate your own.This evaluation will allow you to recognize all of the good things in your life and allow you to appreciate them more. Or maybe it will allow you to let go some of the negative things in your life that aren’t doing you any good. Thus improving your overall quality of life.
Travel is transformational, it can change the world and it can change who you are all the way down to your core. It teaches you life skills that you wouldn’t get just living at home doing the same old thing everyday. It teaches you to trust yourself, trust others, tell your stories, and appreciate what you have.
It’s important to remember that nothing can substitute experience and at the end of it all it’s those experiences in life that we take to the end.
Do you have any awesome travel experiences that you think changed your life? We’d love to hear them!
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