With 25 I’ve already seen more than a third of our world. I’ve visited and lived in over 65 countries and still counting. The things I learned on my many trips around the world have been extraordinary. I’ve met some of the most amazing people, ate the most delicious food and fell in love more than once in nature, people and many more things!
When I was a teenager, traveling was a hobby. Today travel is a huge part of my life. Since three years I’m a professional travel blogger and travel around the world with different eyes than before. I’m on a constant look out for stories, I absorb everything and try to bring you the world much closer through this blog!
I’ve learned a lot during the past few years and I think that travel is the perfect antidote against anything. Against a broken heart, university, fear and much much more!
You are still asking yourself why you should travel?
1. The People
I remember as a kid, my best friend was black and I never cared about it. Actually I never realized until one day my grandparents picked me up and said: “Oh, you never mentioned that your friend was black!” I probably never thought that there was a difference. When we are kids, we are so open minded, then at some point society and the status quo comes in and puts their norms and values on us. Travel helps you to get out of the status quo and see the world with your eyes again and let’s you meet people from other cultures without labeling them or categorizing them!
At the end, we are all humans, we are all made from flesh and blood. Travel helps us to get out of our usual environment and to meet new people and cultures!
2. You’ll sort your address book by countries not by names
You’ll meet so many amazing people on your travels. Make sure you stay in touch with them afterwards. This means that you should pick up the phone every now and then and give them a call instead of just liking their latest picture or status update. Keeping in touch with them will give you just another reason to pack your bags and travel again.
3. Learning a new language
You could of course opt in for a spanish language course at the university and learn the language through text books and a computer program. Or you could go out and live in an apartment in Barcelona, go grocery shopping every day at the local market around the corner, speak to locals at the tapas bar down the street and long board by the beach before ending your days with a sunset drink at the Barcelonetta with your new spanish friends!
4. Travel is the best university in life
Traveling the world and getting to know new cultures and people will teach you things that are impossible to learn in school. Travel can teach you things like economy, geography, sociology, politics and much more. The only difference to a university is, that this one isn’t an accredited institution but will teach you much more. Most things I know about business I learned from my travels!
5. Foodgasms around the world
Imagine the best meal you’ve had in your hometown. Remember that feeling when you had your first bite. It felt so good, so tasty! Now quadruple this feeling. This is how it feels to travel and taste all the amazing food all over the world.
6. Become a story teller
Know these people that are critical about anything? That think that you are wasting time traveling. Tell them all the stories that you’ve experienced while they were stuck in their cubicle. Tell them about the shark encounter at the Whitsunday Islands or about the meeting with the local fisherman at Tonsai Beach in Thailand who encouraged you to follow your dreams. Or how cool it was to live in a beautiful condo in Bangkok with a rooftop pool and a private gym for only 300 USD/month! He’ll be quiet the next time!
7. Life begins outside of your comfort zone
We’ve all seen pictures with this quote but cliches often are a cliche for a reason. Life, simply, begins outside of your comfort zone. Driving for the first time on the left side? Crazy! Getting lost in the Thai jungle and crossing flooded rivers on broken bridges? Crazy! Bungee Jumping on a dry riverbed in Scotland? Crazy!
8. Develop skills and confidence
Getting served exactly what you wanted in rural Thailand with no knowledge of the language? How cool is this? Helping a community to set up camp again after a big storm? Pretty awesome, right? Reaching the top of a mountain after almost collapsing a few times? Really cool!
All these things will help you to access skills that you didn’t know you have and will build confidence for the future. You will know that you are capable in achieving anything you want. Especially in business these are important skills that every employer seeks in their employees.
9. To make the best out of this one chance we have
We just have this one life and there is no way that you will make it out alive. So make the best out of this once chance you have. Tick off as many things off your bucket list and get to see these amazing landscapes like the Highlands in Scotland or the Temples of Bagan!
There are endless reasons why you should travel. Why do you travel?