Travel changes you
And the change is for the better! Trust me, I’m not just saying this because now I can count to ten in ten languages. Cliché as it sounds; travelling does help you find yourself. You learn to love yourself, flaws and all. What does it matter what clothes you wear, how much you weigh or whether you’re actually good at something? You’ve seen a zombie and climbed a volcano back-to-back, you are @#!%ing cool.
You’ll make a whole bunch of new friends
You will get to meet so many people from all over the world whom you otherwise would never have met; truly fantastic people who change your life without you even noticing. They will become the kind of friends who you don’t speak to every single day, but you know for sure will be there whenever you need them. Be it with a shoulder to cry on, a couch to sleep on or a faulty AC for you to set fire to!
You WILL fall in love
It won’t necessarily be with people but you will fall in love with countries, you will fall in love with cultures, you will fall in love with sights and smells and sounds; you’ll even fall in love with food. You’ll fall so in love that you’ll spend hours on end dreaming of the day you’ll go back. And you will go back – once, twice, maybe even more. Because the new found love of your life will be that great.
It’ll teach you not to sweat the small stuff
Witnessing some of the sights and situations that come hand-in-hand with travelling will give you the greatest sense of appreciation for what you have, and it’ll make you forget all about what you don’t have. Material possessions suddenly mean a lot less after you meet the world’s happiest, most appreciative little girl in Nepal who has nothing but two outfits and a ragged old doll to her name.
You’ll face your fears head on
Scared of heights? Jumping off a bridge attached to what is essentially a big piece of string will sort you out! Aracnophobia? There’s nothing like camping in the Amazon to knock that silly little fear out of you! Just recently I, being terrified of swimming in open waters, jumped off a waterfall into an actual flowing river. Would I ever have done that in the UK? Would I heck!
There are things that you will never experience without travelling!
The media, the Internet, books: they are all fantastic tools when it comes to giving you a glimpse into somebody else’s world. But there is absolutely no way you can appreciate the jaw-dropping beauty of Machu Picchu at home with a good book and all your creature comforts! You need to go there and do it, or it’ll never happen.
To be able to say “Hey, I’ve been there!”
There really is no feeling quite like when you’re watching the latest David Attenborough, Bear Grylls or Levison Wood documentary (or An Idiot Abroad, whatever your preference) and a familiar shot comes up. You get a crazy sense of déjà vu before realising that the reason you think you’ve seen it before is because you’ve been there before.