We may feel very at home with our houses, but there is a certain feeling that keeps us restless. As humans who are natural explorers, we are in a constant search of discoveries and new things in life. There are lots of questions running through our heads, curiosities, and aspirations, too. Then you will realize that what you need is to leave your comfort zone and start traveling.
There are many reasons why you should set your foot forward to different places in the Philippines and even around the globe. But to share with you why many people are so in love with marveling around the wonders of the Earth, we will share with you six benefits of traveling that will change your perspective:
Get to know yourself and your company
To start of this list, visiting different places and immersing yourself in different cultures and traditions help you get to know yourself better. If you have been looking for something to aid you with your “soul searching” and answering the big question of “who am I,” sometimes you just need to set your foot forward to other places. It is not that you will find your exact answers there, but it will help you to realize a lot of things.
Ditch cinemas and boring dates! If you want to know more about the people you are interested in, go for some adventures and meaningful trip. You will have more time to spare for your small talks and even to your big why’s and what’s.
And it is also a test of your comfort zone
As traveling will not always favor your convenience, it will be a great test of your comfort zone. There are lots of surprises that will come your way and will challenge and change you. Related to the previous point, you will get to discover a couple of things about yourself. Maybe all the while you thought you could get along with people well until you have to deal with irate locals or visitors.
Life is not always how steady you are doing; it is about how you manage thru the ups and downs, changes and challenges it throws at you.
Handling finances and other pressure
No matter how we see traveling as a piece of gold for leisure and enjoyment, the pressure will always be there. Planning your trip alone, well as generating funds for it is such a difficult thing to do. Another good thing traveling gives is it makes you more responsible and accountable, especially if you are the one to arrange everything.
How to adult – this is the question some of the millennial and young adults are asking. If you want to have a glimpse of the answer, plan and organize a solo trip or your trip with friends or relatives. Manage the expenses and itinerary, too. At least in that small task, you have done something “adult.”
You become more confident and articulate
Going to different places with no familiar faces in sight is indeed a challenge. You have to live and get along with the locals and communicate with them. It doesn’t mean that introverts do not make good travelers. They may be reserved, but for sure they possess a certain level of socialization. Your skill of being confident and articulate (not aggressive) will be put into practice.
Being able to convey your message and deliver it efficiently is something you should have as a traveler. This ability will do good to you in the long run. Imagine if you were able to say what you need and want to say to strangers, what more to your colleagues, relatives or bosses at work? Doing this during your trips is a good practice.
Unlimited realizations and discoveries
As you are having a break time from all the hassle and bustle of your life in school or at work, your mind is brighter and more relaxed. You have more time to reflect and ponder upon essential things – about your life, relationships, and choices. With how fast the time is running, we need some time to breathe and think about the valuable things without stressing ourselves out.
Moreover, traveling gives you a peak of the different cultures and traditions of different peoples. You will then realize and discover many great things about them and even about yourself. Learning thru experience is different from reading and seeing information thru books.
Start or continue building meaningful connections
You will realize how big and small the world is at the same time. You are just a tiny dot in this universe, and there are lots of things left unseen or undiscovered. There are hundreds and thousands of different people that you are yet to know. Traveling is an avenue for you to start or continue building meaningful connections.
I personally prefer traveling alone and meeting friends or colleagues in different places. It feels good that you have someone to look back to coming from different walks of life and locations around the globe. You are indeed going international! You may not visit all the places in the world, but you have friends that have connections from those sites.
From going to work from your condo makati, where else can you go? How far can your dreams and plans take you? There are hundreds of lessons that you will learn along with your journey. Don’t leave your goals left unchecked and start traveling, and make greater memories this 2018.