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No matter where you live, it’s easy to think that your little corner of the world contains all there is out there. You’ve got your house, your friends, and your 9-5 job. You may know the streets in your town like the back of your hand and the intimate details of your city’s history and culture. But that’s not all there is, not by far. Beyond the borders of your town, and even your country, a whole world awaits.
It’s easy to come up with excuses not to travel. We’ve all got responsibilities – work, kids, or both. We’re busy people. We’ve got bills to pay and homes and families to take care of. Life can be complicated. However, there is so much to be gained from venturing outside of your area and your comfort zone. The world has 6 billion people who live in diverse communities, rich in culture and history. If you never get the courage to get out and explore it, you may be missing out. Want to know why you should travel? Here’s why:
#1) Broaden your world view
When you live only in one area for your entire lifetime, it’s easy to think that’s how everyone lives. But if you’re able to venture out of your own country, you’ll see that human beings live in a multitude of ways. Seeing how others live will broaden your horizons and help you gain a greater understanding of humanity as a whole.
#2) Meet new people
I’m sure everyone in your town is amazing, but have you ever wondered what people who live elsewhere are like? Traveling the world can expose you to a whole host of new cultures and people, and you might even make some new friends along the way.
#3) Learn something new
You can learn a lot from reading books and looking at pictures, but there’s truly nothing like seeing new worlds and cultures with your own eyes. In that sense, traveling the world is a like a living history lesson and a glimpse into the lives of people who you never knew existed.
#4) Collect experiences
Possessions come and go, but experiences truly do last a lifetime. Instead of buying things, travel allows you to buy experiences. By traveling and engaging the world, you are able to do things that others only dream of. And those travel experiences are worth much more than bragging rights. They are truly rare gifts that can be enjoyed over and over again.
#5) Become a better person
Seeing other cultures at work promotes that idea that there’s no true “one right way” to do anything. That idea in itself can help break down cultural barriers and help you keep an open mind. The exposure to different cultures also helps people see why diversity is important, and how people of different walks of life can work together to coexist peacefully.
Traveling the world can be expensive, but it can pay off in spades by changing the way you see the world and opening your eyes to all our beautiful planet has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Don’t ask questions. Just go.