Traveling is something that everyone should think about doing, but it is something that you should think more about doing while you are still young. That is not to say that you should not travel if you are old; traveling is great and beneficial at any age, but I just believe that it is more beneficial to youngsters. If you are old and you disagree with us, please keep reading and I will explain why we think so. If you are young, please keep reading and I will explain the benefits of traveling while you are still young.
It Changes the Way That You Relate to the World
I grew up in a small rural village in England. If I did not have the chance to travel while I was young, it is safe to say that I would have a hard time envisioning anything else apart from my countryside bubble. When you visit other countries and see beautiful sunsets out at sea, monkeys swinging through branches, eagles soaring on mountain currents, grizzly bears fishing for salmon, one hundred meter high waterfall, and volcanoes that are getting ready to blow their top, you soon come to realize that there is more beauty in this world than you will be able to see in your lifetime. If you do not travel when you are young, your desire to venture out will decrease as you age, and family and job constraints will come into play as well. However, if you travel when you are young, you know what is out there and what you are missing out on, so even when you age you make more of an effort to try and see more of the world.
It Changes the Way You Relate to Others
The area where I grew up was devoid of diversity. When I first started to travel, I started to learn all about different cultures. I realized that I could enrich my life by forming friendships with those who did not look like me or act like me. Far from my village in England, I formed strong bonds with people who were not like me at all, but they were what I needed to help me to grow and develop. This experience taught me to embrace relationships and experiences that are outside my comfort zone. It also helped me to improve my communication skills.
It Gives You Empathy
When you travel to different countries you soon see how you took everything that you have for granted. There are many people in this world who are living in abject poverty and unless you have walked a mile in their shoes, then you have no idea as to what they are going through. Hearing about wars and famines on the television take on a different meaning when you have some type of personal connection with the people that are there. If you have an egotistic and callous attitude, you will soon lose it when you travel, I can guarantee you that. You will become more empathetic and you will soon want to give back and help others out. If you are thinking about going traveling, then I recommend that you think about doing some volunteering in some of the world’s poorer regions.
It Humbles You and You Realize It Is Not Always About You
As I grew older, I started to realize that I knew very little about life. When you are young you think you know it all, but when you travel you soon realize that this is not the case. You see that the world is a lot bigger than you realized and it soon becomes clear that the Earth does not revolve around you. You soon learn that you are nothing but a tiny minnow in a small pond. Now, this is not me saying that you are not important. What I am saying is that traveling changes your views and teaches you to be more open minded.