In the recent years, people have been more aware about traveling. From backpacking to luxury tours, people have been trying to come out and see the world for themselves. Digital world has made it easier to explore. The information online gives them everything that is needed to start a journey or in most cases, develop an itinerary or a complete package of a holiday. The journey itself is a lesson on its own. Travel changes you. It changes you on a very personal level. As Pico Iyer said,:
“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”
Here are five ways how travel changes you:
1. Open to Learning
When one keeps living in their bubble, the monotony kills the imagination and you are very limited to your life. Often people are fixed on what they do or how they are, that they don’t even want to grow. When you travel, and see, feel, experience things, you grow! You make things better for yourself, and as life gets better, you have the urge to know more. The constant urge of knowing more, makes you want to travel more. With time, one becomes open to listening to what people have to say, and is engaged in constructive research.
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
2. Open to Socializing
When you start traveling, there is a slight nervousness of how people in general would take you as a person. With time, when you socialize, make friends and acquaintances, you realize how simple it is to be yourself. One could become close to a stranger only with a conversation. Travel makes you let go off your fears and socialize with people because you are depending on them. Consequently, you are not afraid of human relationships.
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
There are all sorts of people in this world. You might think you are different and you might find stark similarities. You might even end up finding friends who are soul mates. Travel gives you confidence. It enables you to be yourself, and be confident. It enables you to be spontaneous, and even trust strangers. It enables you to ‘go with the flow’ and trust your flow. This is the beauty of life, which we have moved at the farthest corner of our heart.
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
4. A Different Perspective
There are two ways of self-evaluating. We as an individual occupy the smallest space on this earth but we can have a great impact. A person can bring change in the whole society, whereas the same person could be insignificant to another society. Travel makes you understand your true potential as a human through various perspectives.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
5. Creative Chaotic Order
Often when we travel, things start to make sense. The chaos in our minds starts to change into order. You start to understand things that you might have not otherwise. We are at leisure of thinking about things, and consequently develop an understanding. The experiences add up to the understanding. In this way you are more open to understanding chaos and translating it, making your life easier.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien