The idea of traveling, for many people, seems like a pipe dream that they can only fantasize about. Some people think that traveling is reserved for a privileged few who belong to the highest income brackets. Surrounded by your own and others’ thoughts about the matter, you may start to feel like you are in an unending disciplinary hearing. You may start questioning whether it is “responsible” to invest in your own growth and happiness.
Are You Escaping Life, Or Is Life Escaping You?
If you prioritize travel in your life, many people will sit you down and point out the problems with your plan’s practicalities. They will try to tell you where you should “invest” your financial resources “for your own sake.” You may be constantly named, shamed and blamed for being irrational or for using travel to escape your reality. Contrary to those expressed sentiments, if you immerse yourself in a monotonous routine of work, sleep, eating, and weekends, life will escape you because you will never experience the extraordinary. Instead, invest in a journey of a lifetime. You will have experiences money can’t buy.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
Giving Up on Your Inner Desires?
Many people are held back by the stifling belief that they need to be “money wise,” so they end up “settling” and never fulfilling their inner desires. These people sit back thinking about their dream getaway, but then they hold back on reaching for it.
When you have to work yourself into a state of excitement rather than naturally experiencing joy and passion, you’re probably settling.
Travelling is a journey of the soul. The benefits are immeasurable. When you travel, you are awakened into self-discovery, you conquer fears, and you let go of burdensome stress. Numerous benefits come from taking journeys that are not just vacations or preplanned getaways but journeys of discovery.
“Should Haves” and “Could Haves”
After years have passed, we look back and we regret what we did not do more than what we did wrong. What we did wrong just added to our life lessons. Our deepest regrets come from keeping ourselves locked down into practicalities, calculating time and money spent, and halting our own plans to break free. The love, the gratification, and the joy that embrace you when you travel will make sure you stop focusing on how much money or time you’ve spent on the endeavor.
Travel – A Tool of Self-Development
We are all surrounded by a plethora of life difficulties, and we work hard to change this, that and the other. And, it takes effort and hard work to make big changes with persistence. No one has the mental energy to make all the changes that they should. We each create a long list of resolutions each New Year’s, but we end up overwhelmed by all we’d hoped to achieve.
Travel is a pathway that will help you realize your self-improvement goals.
All of us contemplate where we are heading. Then comes a new day, and another. All the things we desire to do pile up, and it seems we are always waiting for the right time. Taking the initiative to travel now can help you achieve many goals, such as:
- learning new languages
- managing social situations
- exploring cuisine
- encountering new literature
- keeping the mind and the body active
When you find yourself in a foreign country, you learn how to communicate even if you don’t know the local languages. You figure out how to navigate, you make new friends, and you learn how to coexist with others and how to solve a stream of problems. The experience will boost your confidence in your ability to handle unexpected situations in a new setting.
Face It: Life Becomes What You Allow It to Become
As Mark Manson writes,
“Most people assume that they suffer because of the negative aspects of themselves. But, the real reason they suffer is because they avoid those negative aspects of themselves, not the fact they have them.”
You lie back on silent nights staring at the walls and agonize, “where did life go? Where was it m
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