Why do you travel? For those who have never–or rarely–traveled away from the comforts of their home, they will never understand the wanderlust that makes a traveler’s feet itch. When these people think of travel, it is synonymous to expensive and exhausting. They are quick to overlook whatever benefits that may come from traveling. If you are one of these people who think travel is an unnecessary expense, think again. There are many perks that come with being a frequent traveler, some of which might even inspire you to become one.
No two trips are ever the same and this is part of what makes travel exciting. Even if you have been to the same place before, each visit is different and you discover something new every time. If you’re traveling with family, then that trip would probably be more tame than if you had been with friends. Some people would be loath to spend their hard earned money on trips, preferring to save money for the rainy days. There’s nothing wrong with having savings, only that I think a part of it should be allotted for travel because no amount of money can exchange the priceless experiences you will gain from every journey you embark on.
A Different Kind of Education
When you travel, it’s like getting an education outside the four walls of the classroom. But this time, everything is more hands-on. If you have never traveled on your own before, consider that trip to be a lesson in how to survive in another country. You will have to learn how to navigate unfamiliar territory using a map and perhaps get a crash course in languages especially when you try to communicate with locals who speak little to no English. The more you travel, the more you will be at ease at exploring exotic locations and learning about other cultures, languages and histories. You will also realize that even with peoples’ differences, there are similarities that bind us, which should make us relate to others better.
A Chance for Introspection
In today’s fast-paced and increasingly mobile world, we often get so caught up in the hustle bustle of city life that we barely have time left for ourselves, much less to think. Traveling allows you to unwind and leave behind everyday worries and pressures. It lets you to put certain things into perspective and helps you to re-evaluate your priorities, especially at a time when you’re confused about the course of action you must take or a decision that could alter the course of your life. This is also the reason why some people liken travel to a soul searching journey. Sometimes, we set out on a journey with a question and at the end of the trip, we may or may not always have the answers. However, that trip would be enough to clear up and open our minds to the many possibilities that life has to offer.
One Last Word…
If you haven’t given a thought to travel until now, it’s about to pack your bags and go on that long overdue journey. Before you go traipsing on that adventure however, always remember to take medical travel insurance with you as it’s important to have a backup plan in the face of certain contingencies like medical emergencies. Travel may be unpredictable at times, but it’s nothing to be afraid of. Unpredictability is part of what makes it thrilling. So swallow your fears and embark on a journey. Who knows, It might be just the thing that will ignite the wanderlust in you that has lain dormant for years.
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