“When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we do not know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D.H. Lawrence
It has been said that travel has a way of making us change our perspective about the world.
In this regard, it is safe to assume that there are also some lessons that can only be learned when one has escaped the familiar surroundings of home and ventured forth to a foreign environment. After all, staying in one place for quite a while can get pretty exhausting. So much so that when you start to feel the ennui of routine, you will have that craving for something new. The only way to indulge that yearning and satiate your thirst for adventure is to travel. Travel is so much more than just filling up your social media feeds with grand and picturesque photos and finding the best hotels in Pampanga or so. No, travel is so much more—it is an immersive experience that would reinvigorate your spirit and rejuvenate your soul. Furthermore, it teaches you some of life’s best lessons, here are a few of them:
1. To Act on Curiosity
Ever wondered why it is human nature to stick to routines? It is because it is familiar and it works. We have found a safe pattern we can continuously do every single day. Mistakes in this time and day can be costly and as adults they can be detrimental to things we cannot afford to lose such as our careers or even reputations. While these many all be important, in the grander scheme of things, it is more important to aim for self-growth—in a sense that you never stop learning. Traveling the world addresses this dilemma as it affords you the curiosity of a child looking at a part of the world you have never been to before. It allows you to be innocently amazed, discover and explore.
2. Helps You Appreciate People
Interacting with your loved ones on a regular basis would start to feel old after a while which would culminate in stagnation as well as boredom. Soon enough, you will soon begin to think of the important people of your life as being insignificant and would neglect to see what made them amazing and wonderful in the first place. Traveling together renews your sense of appreciation for them and remember what drawn you to them in the first place.
3. Cherish Moments
More often than not, your daily life and routine compels you too meet deadlines and perhaps be somewhere by a certain time. Your daily life is filled with schedules and deadlines that constrains you to make use of every available minute that you forget what it is like to sit back and just cherish the present for what it is. While living a fast paced life certainly propels you further in your chose profession, there are also some advantages to taking life slow. Indeed, many things in life would take time. Much like how the best food would take hours of preparation to make or the best book years to complete, life is also meant to be lived one day at a time. There are a lot of things that surround you that makes life awesome. Unfortunately, because of life’s perpetual hustle and bustle, we tend to overlook them. Travel encourages you to open your eyes to all that and drink in your surroundings. It forces you to be in the moment and appreciate life as it is in the present.
4. It Gives You the Courage to Take your Life by the Reins
There is security in knowing you are not making decisions alone. However, you should know that your life and your destiny are yours and yours alone. Traveling compels you to make decisions especially when you are in uncomfortable situations. It can get frustrating, but it is all part of the learning process. Besides, this is what exploration is about—it forces you out of your comfort zone and constrains you to options you would have otherwise never picked. In this sense, you would not only enrich your experience, but grow as an individual as well.