“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” –Buddha
For many, the thought of travelling means having to plan laboriously and burning through hard-earned savings. This can seem stressful and people end up giving themselves excuses not to travel. On the contrary, what they’re missing out on is a whole world of opportunities and invaluable lessons to be learnt. Travelling doesn’t necessarily mean taking a long haul flight, either. Is there a nearby city that you haven’t been to yet? Hit the road! Are there parts of a neighbourhood that have you have yet to explore? Grab your day pack and go. You’ll find that travelling allows you to discover not only new places but yourself as well. Not sure what awaits you on your first trip? Here are some things you can look forward to:
- Appreciating your life. Through travelling and learning about other cultures, we begin to understand that the world is so much bigger than what we know. Discovering new things such as different practices, beliefs, and cultural nuances broadens your perspectives, and you’ll soon find yourself appreciating life a lot more.
- Making new friends. Whether it’s befriending a fellow traveler or getting to know the locals, travelling is a great way to learn about different cultures and people. You might even make a few lifelong bonds along the way. Plus, your newfound friends might even share some useful insider tips that might come in handy for your travels!
- Gaining firsthand experience. We can easily learn new things about other countries through the internet and in the safety of our homes, so why travel? Three words: First hand experience. From trying exotic foods to witnessing the most breathtaking sights and sounds of the world, nothing compares to having lived it personally.
- Getting lost and being found. Trust us, it isn’t as daunting as it sounds. Being in a new city can leave you feeling a little lost but that that’s the best way to get to know a city. Roam the streets without a map and ask for directions from a few locals if you have to – you’ll end up discovering more about the city than you ever would have if you only stuck to your map!
- Building confidence. First-time travelers might not be aware, but travelling requires a lot of improvisation. Even when you have a detailed itinerary outlined ahead of your trip, things may not always end up as planned and you end up having to make last minute changes on the spot. This helps you to think on your feet and build confidence in your decision-making.