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There are many reasons you should travel more. Below you will explore the first 7 reasons why you should travel.

1. Giving Us Direction in Life

Traveling exposes us to the myriad of other options available and paths we haven’t taken. It wakes us out of the lethargy of seeing possibilities that others around us explore. When we visit new places, we realize that there are many options in life we may not have considered. Travel creates a perfect environment to consider new life goals.

2. Discover Yourself

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

Although a cliché, discovering yourself has been a classic answer to why a person postpones college and backpacks across the world for a year instead. Although I wouldn’t recommend giving up your education for travel, I can agree that traveling helps us figure out who we are. This is amplified when exposing ourselves to people and cultures that differ greatly from our own.

We reflect more upon life when exposed to the unfamiliar which can be both positive and negative events that push us to think. It is in the familiar and the routine that we quit asking questions and just do.

3. Change Yourself as a Person

“Nobody comes back from a journey the way they started it.” You are not the things you own, even though they shape you. It is through experiences that we become who we are. As children, the world was new to us and new experiences were everywhere to be found. As we moved into adulthood, we stopped experiencing new things and thus we froze who we were as people. Traveling breaks one out of this rut and allows one to continue to evolve as a person.

4. Increased Ability to Work in a Global Environment

A person who travels is exposed to people very different from himself. Travelers adapt to that environment and add this skill to the set of skills they bring to the table. The world grows smaller with the increased scope of the Internet and the global market. In your work life, it is important that you adapt to this environment.

When you travel, you are building the skills you will need when adapting to this global environment. It is harder to learn this skill under the pressure of making a sale or finding new suppliers. It is better to learn it when traveling and expanding your skills through sightseeing and eating out in a foreign country.

5. Expanding Our View of the World

Saint Augustine stated, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

We assume what we consider “the world” is the set of things we experience. The smaller the area of intake, the more likely we are to think of the world as a small place.

Traveling breaks through this misconception. It informs us at a core level that the world is much bigger than we think. It is essential to have a correct view of the world that isn’t jaded by the small microcosm that is our lives in our home town.

6. Increasing Our Resourcefulness

Traveling to new places requires us to navigate roads and language barriers to make the trip successful. These barriers make us more aware of the environment and the experience. They push us to think in new ways to overcome these challenges. With time and practice, we experience less stress when adapting to these different environments. In my first trip to London as an adult, I was amazed at how stressful it was going to a different country and not knowing how everything worked. I look back on that experience now and realize that it was a good idea to travel to London. Being an English-speaking nation, it was relatively easy to adjust to the new environment.

7. Helping Us to Unplug

The business of our daily lives makes it easy to get tangled up in thoughts and issues we are bombarded with. Traveling pulls us out of our daily environment and gives us space to think through the issues of life. We can escape much of the chaos of our lives and give our brains a rest from the ins and outs of daily life.