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9 Reasons Why You Should Travel!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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? 

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31 comments on “9 Reasons Why You Should Travel!

  1. jmoody90 on

    Couldn’t agree more with this article. Just finished studying journalism at a university in Sheffield, so ready to study life at the university of the world!

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  2. Carmen on

    So true! Many of my friends had children young and they tell me ‘We’ll travel when they’re grown.’ But they’ll be set in there ways by then and I just don’t think it’ll be the same…

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  3. Monica on

    Travel is so important and these are awesome reasons to go out there and do it! What did you do for money to fund your traveling? Were you working in the countries you lived in?

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      • Andres on

        There are unlimited ways to fund travel. You can save up a bunch of money (and traveling is cheaper than you think), or you can start a business that allows you to work while traveling. Those are just two of almost infinite ways!

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  4. DonnaM on

    #9.

    Totally agree with all the points on your list, but #9 is the reason I started to make travel a priority at age 45. I started noticing way too many folks dream about traveling when they retired but not having the chance due to family or health issues.

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  5. Clariza on

    Traveling is one of the best teachers of life. It teaches you the things you did not know about other cultures. It helps you understand that there are things happening outside the box of your mind. For me the best part of traveling is the excitement I get for every experience that I face. Just like my first ever visit to Europe (since I am from SE Asia). It was my first time to have a 18-hour flight, experience a weather that is cold (10 degrees Celsius) and most of all stayed in a place where I don’t know how to speak their language (Madrid). It was a very unforgettable experience.

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  6. parfaitmodele on

    i want to !! but but … i still have no money! i’ve travelled many times and with my current state, i could probably only afford to live somewhere for a month.
    anyone can share tips on how to make money while you’re on the road that doesn’t involve blogging? because there are tons of blogs out there and you need to have an audience, etc… not to mention some countries have really strict rules on hiring foreigners and all. how do you do it?!?!

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    • rn on

      How to travel without money? Don’t spend too much while travelling, just adopt a simpler lifestyle, you won’t have fancy meals, you won’t have a tv, sometimes you won’t have internet connection. But it’s worthy. Once you adopted that lifestyle, you understand that you almost need nothing to live.

      And on the road there’s always ways to get money, or get food and hosting. I’m travelling through Europe since last December. In January I had 300 euros, now in end of June I have 190 euros… and I’ve been living in Andorra, Spain, France, Italy, learning the language, going to local parties, at some point living in a fantastic castle in France…

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  7. Diana Furber on

    Great article! However, you should be open to new things and not fear to leave your comfort zone no matter how old you are. It’s never to late to change your life and fulfill your dreams! 🙂

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  8. Pavan Meshram on

    Fantastic read Sebastian! Your 9-Point write up is inspiring! I have recently started traveling and I must say, this serves as a motivation to keep going strong;-)
    I especially loved the last few lines ‘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.’
    Although they are cliche yet they are inspiring! Kudos:-)

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  9. renucas on

    Great! I travel because I want to travel – I am curious about the places that I visit. Sure, travel is a school. I love this quote that says, “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.”

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  10. Ben @ Road Affair on

    Totally agree with all of those reasons but I think #4 is the strongest of them all, at least for me. Why spend thousands of dollars on a worthless piece of paper if I can use the money to travel and experience life at its fullest.

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  11. Jakub Spitzer on

    Great article and reasons. I love traveling since my childhood. I am 27yo, travelled some locations, but always want more to see. I am a web designer and it is great to do my business from a lot of locations on the planet.

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  12. Holly on

    I am off to Australia in december I don’t suppose anymore knows of how I can get in touch with other backpackers, such as blogs etc. X

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  13. Brooke on

    I travel to FEEL alive. So many different cultures, atmospheres, architectures, foods, types of music, etc. make me feel alive and connected to this universe. We are all connected is what I’ve learned. I don’t just want to see pretty things, I want to absorb their endless energy. Like the hairs raising on the back of my neck while standing in the middle of the Ring of Brodgar in the Orkney Islands, or doing falconry in Wick, Scotland and having a connection with the falcon, or the feeling of exhilaration after climbing a waterfall in Jamaica, or feeling the warmth of a koala and his breath on my neck in Brisbane, Australia, the list goes on, and will continue to go on. What an incredible world we live in. What a shame not to experience it.

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  14. Brooke on

    I travel to FEEL alive. So many different cultures, atmospheres, architectures, foods, types of music, etc. make me feel alive and connected to this universe. We are all connected is what I’ve learned. I don’t just want to see pretty things, I want to absorb their endless energy. Like the hairs raising on the back of my neck while standing in the middle of the Ring of Brodgar in the Orkney Islands, or doing falconry in Wick, Scotland and having a connection with the falcon, or the feeling of exhilaration after climbing a waterfall in Jamaica, or feeling the warmth of a koala and his breath on my neck in Brisbane, Australia, the list goes on, and will continue to go on. What an incredible world we live in. What a shame not to experience it.

    Reply