For many, travel can become an addiction. Jetting off to new countries is hugely exhilarating and empowering. The perks of exploring new places, people and cultures are countless. But travel doesn’t have to be about ticking off a long bucket list of destinations, spending an incredible amount of money or spending weeks away from home at a time…
No matter where you want your adventure to start, check out our 10 reasons to travel and see if you can resist packing!
1. Educate yourself
Travel is the best way to educate yourself about new areas of the world. It’s far more interesting to learn about a country, city or town’s culture and history by exploring ancient ruins, a historical monument or century-old architecture than reading a book at home!
Travel opens your eyes to new people and places in a way like no other. You’ll even educate yourself on the boring bits of travel – from understanding the small print of car hire paperwork to packing your suitcase with the most efficient techniques! In short, travel makes you wiser.
2. Turn strangers into friends
Travel encourages you to make friends in unexpected places. Whether you’re travelling alone or with a group of friends, it’s easy to share your hometown stories with those around you and take advice tips from the locals who can direct you to the best restaurants (and bars!)
By being friendly and talkative, travel can help you make friends from all over the world.
3. Become more independent
Travel challenges you and forces you to become more confident and independent. From budgeting on your adventures to exploring new places perhaps off the main tourist map – you’ll find your confidence boosted with every step you take into unknown lands.
4. Create unforgettable memories
Material objects will come and go but your holiday memories will live on! Travel gives you the gift of interesting anecdotes; stories which will live with for forever to share with family and friends.
5. Surprise your taste buds
Many of us love trying new foods on holiday! Sampling some authentic, local cuisine can be fantastic – and learning how to use the unusual and exotic flavours is even better! Travel opens your taste buds to new exciting flavours which you can become inspired to cook with back home.
6. Learn new lingo
Learning a new language is extremely rewarding – even if it is in tiny doses! Travel immerses you in a whole new way of life and encourages you to learn or practice what you already know of a different language.
Travel gives you the advantage of being surrounded by those who can help you learn a new language and the all-important holiday phrases!
7. Break routine
Travel breaks daily routine, giving you the opportunity to be spontaneous and explore places like never before. While it’s a good idea to have an itinerary on your travels, staying in a different country allows you to be completely spontaneous in an unknown environment if you feel the need!
Where everything is new, nothing will bore you!
8. Appreciate home
Feeling homesick is completely normal when you’re away from home for the first time, or away for a long period of time in particular. Travel opens your eyes to new people and places, but also makes you appreciate what and who you have to return to. Many people bring a small sentimental object from home with them on holiday for this exact reason.
9. Detox from everyday distractions
From overusing social media to spending hours applying makeup – travel changes your daily priorities. Sometimes being cut off from the internet or a good amount of phone signal is a good thing!
Travel forces you to detox from technology and spend your time exploring a new, exciting area instead of glued to a screen.
10. …because there’s no reason not to!
Travel doesn’t have to be stressful to plan or expensive to finance! With the right amount of research and preparation, you can easily travel on a budget and still have an amazing time.