We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
What is your travel inspiration? Don’t we all have that one friend on Facebook that occasionally pops up an opportunity for us to live vicariously through their travel experiences? They post photos of highly desirable locations. At first it amuses us, then promotes wanderlust, and soon you catch yourself having a little daydream about your next vacation and finally that jealousy sinks in. I’ve personally felt this many times.
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list – Susan Sontag
As children, we are encouraged to dream. Our imagination is fed with fairy tales and outlandish adventure stories. But as we grow older, in trickle the sensibility and practicality. Just as we are ready to live out our imagination, our dreams are put right into check with new everyday tales – ones of cubicles, careers, taxes and retirement funds.
Some of the most common excuses to restrain ourselves from traveling:
- Travel is a luxury only meant for the Rich and Elite. He/She must have a lot of money to Travel.
- I’m stuck with my job. I don’t have the Time to Travel right now.
- I don’t want to Travel alone as I have never done it before.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Andre Gide
To travel is to live, they say. Traveling not only teaches us the value of life, but also makes us students and observers in some sense. It compels us to think about and analyse everything that is right or wrong in the world. Not to mention, it also shows us just how beautiful the world can be, when you think there’s no hope left.
Here are some travel inspirations which explain why you should travel more often:
1. Come on! It’s not always about work, work, and work!
We all get so comfortable in the bubbles we create for ourselves. Often, in the process, we forget that there is so much more to a busy, bustling, sometimes monotonous city life. This world has monumental, diverse, beautiful and fascinating places that can transform us as people.
2. The world out there is not really intimidating
When you travel, especially in places where the culture is diverse and different from where you reside, you realize that people are not only nice, most of them are extremely hospitable. Get out of your comfort zone and travel. You will definitely end up making special friends from all over the world.
3. Travel solo sometimes
Although it may seem scary, traveling alone can be quite the liberating experience. When you’re alone in a new place, you tend to ask for directions, use maps and talk to strangers. This makes you realize that if you want to reach a destination, you need to get out of your comfort zone. You might end up learning a new language or at the least sharpening your sign language skills.
4. So much food in this world
No travel is complete without having tasted the local cuisine. Traveling to different places and tasting the traditional food is fun, and it lets you know how differently people enjoy their native food.
5. There is SO much to explore in this world
I am sure you have visited a beautiful monument or a landscape which left you speechless. Experiencing different geographies and cultures that make each place special is a unique experience within itself.
6. A little less baggage make a huge difference
Sometimes we tend to over pack and carry things that we end up not using at all. Traveling extensively will sharpen your skills on how to carry stuff which you need, and nothing else that might be a little ‘extra’. And of course, that applies to life too. 😉
7. Develop a sense of independence and freedom
We often feel like we’re tied down to all the things around us – a job, money, society etc. In reality, we’re the ones tying ourselves down to these things. Travel expands our minds to many possibilities, and teaches us that we can quickly get up and leave if something bogs us down. Nothing can control us if we don’t let it!
8. You learn to communicate better and be social
Finding your way in a crowd filled with strangers teaches you how to communicate and also how to rely on people when you need a little help sometimes.
9. Develop new hobbies
Most travel bugs always want to capture their memories in some form. That’s how skills like photography, writing, and even food and fashion based hobbies can be developed along the way.
10. Become more open minded
Exposure to different cultures gives you a different perspective on life and how it functions. It also makes you question things that your own culture teaches you, if there are some things you need to change.
11. Get street smart
The more you travel, the more you learn to negotiate and pick the options that suit you best.
12. It gives you purpose
Your first ever travel experience will fascinate you. Travel more, and you know just why you want to visit a place.
13. Memories are the ones that make life more meaningful
Taking a lot of pictures and videos along with good company are the best to remind us of the good times we had traveling to a place away from our home.
Once you have traveled the voyage never ends. The mind can never break off from the journey – Pat Conroy
Today might not be the perfect day – but neither is Tomorrow. When tomorrow does come, you’ll say to yourself “Today isn’t the right day. Let’s try again tomorrow.”. Tomorrow will always be some vague day in the future. And then one day you’ll find you’ve run out of tomorrows. And you’ll be filled with nothing but regret.
So stop waiting. Stop making excuses. Today is your day.
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