5 REASONS TO TRAVEL
GETTING LOST IN LAOS
WHAT AIRLINES WON’T TELL YOU
FREE DIVING ADDICTION
We all have them, that one friend on Social Media that pops up constantly demanding we live vicariously through their experiences; they shove up photos of sunsets and beaches and cocktails in exotic locations on the other side of the world. At first we think ‘Wow,’ then we think ‘how can they get so much time off work?’ Then we day dream a little about the option that we could do that – then the jealousy starts to bite and we nip back with comments like, ‘get a job’ and ‘not another sunset’. But travel can be a big decision. It’s not as easy as packing your bags and jumping on a plane…. Or is it. When we even struggle leaving our comfort zone for a brief 30 minutes to go to the gym three times week how are we supposed to escape for weeks or months. If you feel locked into the daily grind and the never ending routine then a life shifting experience like travelling may be the key to breaking that way of thinking. That brings us to reason number 1.
1. SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR COMFORT ZONE
It is said that by not taking risks, you never really discover your true self. If it’s only ever about doing what is safe and easy then how will you ever know what really makes you tick if you’ve never tried it. Travel will push you into a flurry of seemingly uncomfortable situations; like forcing you to meet new people with completely different lifestyles and cultures or navigating your way around a mountain where no one speaks your language. By being thrown in the cultural travel deep end you be surprised how well you can swim and with that swimming, that survival, you discover your real self.
2. TIME SLOWS DOWN
A regular routine builds strong neurological connections that over time allow for us to automate activities almost seamlessly. Think about that journey to work where not a thought is spared on the direction. We have all done it, driven 40 minutes to work and have arrived shocked because we don’t recall making a single driving decision on the way, now expand that out to, “I’ve been working here 10 years and I don’t know where the time has gone”. Travel makes you live in the moment and that ever changing horizon continually breathes new experiences and with those we are engaged in the here and now, we are gifted with the present, rather than the coma of repetition.
3. GAIN IMPORTANT PERSPECTIVES
The Roman philosopher Seneca preached a Stoic school of thought, one aspect of which was if you learned to live with very little then you would reduce worry and stress because you only had to deal with the basics. Travel can do the same, you don’t need 20 shirts, you only need two, you don’t need ten pairs of shoes you only need one. What you can get in a backpack or a suit case is all you need and even then we over pack. It makes us reassess our lives from a simpler perspective. Plus you also get to see how others live. A culture shock can only positively affect you; it compels you to give back, to help out and to appreciate in innumerable ways your lifestyle upon return.
4. WE ARE NOT GUARANTEED OLD AGE
Travelling is often postponed with the intentions of ‘becoming settled’ or ‘building up a real life’. Some even say they are saving the opportunity for retirement. But that goes hand in hand with why we need to work from 9 till 5 because that’s just the views of society’s norm being expressed by those who are already deeply conforming. It is your choice to live how you wish. If you wait till the time is right or retirement, those days may never come. The time may never be right and if you do wait till your retirement then your health and finances may not be what you hoped for – it is difficult to change your mind-set to exchange physical things; houses, cars and jobs, for experience but the value of experience will far outweigh the material – can you remember the car you drove 10 years ago? No, but I bet you can remember every travel experience. We all have material things, but we all long for the experiences and it is the level of personal courage that separates the two.
5. AND THIS…
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,
and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s
― Mark Twain