To travel means to experience more and treasure more than a handful of memories. Not only will traveling teach you about other nation’s culture, customs, and traditions but it will also open your eyes to new perspectives. Add to that is the number of friendships you’ll make along the way.
You may not have the grandest home or the fastest car but one thing’s for sure: you’ll leave the world packed with great memories and a better person as a result of your travel adventures. Traveling may not be cheap but it sure is worth your frugality.
If some people are shaming you for spending your savings on traveling, don’t be affected, not even a bit by it. Here are seven good reasons why you should save and spend a portion of your money to let your itchy feet wander.
Memories are priceless
Do you still remember how you were feeling on your first flying experience? How about the nerves under your skin on your first solo trip?
If there’s one thing that makes traveling worth every penny no matter how expensive or cheap the journey is, it’s the memories one has accumulated throughout the adventure. These are experiences money can’t buy.
You are exposed to different perspectives
Traveling allows your perspective to travel as well—to broaden and be open to things that are unusual or new to you. Your perspectives are challenged and expanded through the various types of people you meet, the culture you immerse yourself with, and the things you see. If you’ve ever wondered why people of other backgrounds do something the way they do, once you see and experience where they are, you might understand why they do it or why they are that way. Exposing yourself to different perspectives makes you a better person in the long run.
Delve into different cultures
Do you ever wonder why other nations or people of different cultures live and do things as they do? Aren’t you itching to indulge in other culture’s signature dishes and remarkable tastes? Have you ever dreamed of setting foot to popular destinations? If you nodded to all these, then traveling extensively is not a question of why for you.
Experience > material things
Ever heard the saying “experience is the best teacher”? That is true and traveling is one of the best ways to push yourself to new experiences, challenges, and test your own instincts; thus, traveling is one of the best teachers as it makes you a better learner. It may cost you a lot of money but the experiences and memories you’ll gain in each step of the way are all priceless.
Also, isn’t it wonderful to have countless stories to share with your children and grandchildren in the future? They’ll see you as their cool grandma/grandpa that have traveled long and far.
It’s an investment for yourself
Traveling opens your eyes and broadens your perspective. It teaches you more than you’ll ever know within the 4 walls of a classroom or corners of your cubicle where you spend 8 or more hours to work. It’s as valuable as education, hence, it’s an investment worth every dime. Travel while you still have the energy, means, and time.
It helps greatly in improving self-confidence
If you’re currently or always had issues with your self-confidence, traveling alone or with a group helps in improving this. Talking to strangers and other travelers is unavoidable when you are traveling yourself so when an opportunity comes to chat with other people, take that moment to develop your social skills. Traveling alone, on the other hand, helps greatly in trusting on making your own decisions.
You’ll learn to conquer your fears
There’s no other way you can overcome your fears other than to face them yourself. If you’re going on your first solo travel trip, it will teach you to trust in following your guts. It’s also a great way to go on a self-journey. You may encounter lots of humps during your travels but those are just little challenges waiting for you to solve. It is scary but it’s a foolproof way to boost your self-esteem. Going on a solo trip will make you a braver person when you get back home.
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About the author: Chie Suarez sails from Parramatta.You can find her writing for Holiday Inn Parramatta Accommodation in her downtime, the perfect hotel choice to stay in for both business or leisure.