September 30, 2020 3 min read
If you have the opportunity to invest in one thing this year, make it be travel. Safely, of course. A high level of return on investment is possible when you stop putting your dreams on hold and start doing all of the bucket list things you planned for yourself. Rather than spend money on possessions, invest in experiences. They help you grow into a well-rounded, thoughtful, and happier version of yourself overall.
The more you travel, the better things become. If you’re at a crossroads in your life where you need to make a change, take some time off and see the world. You’ll gain greater clarity and finally have a chance to make your needs a priority. If you’re in between jobs, cities, or schools, it’s all the more reason to test the waters to see what opportunities await you elsewhere.
You stop viewing things as black or white.You realize that there are a lot of gray areas when it comes to life. Things aren’t either-or. They can be both. You’ll discover this the more that you travel. You see things from other people’s perspectives because you expose yourself to a more diverse population. You’ll meet people from different countries, cultures, races, religions, and backgrounds than you.
You’ll have the opportunity to reinvent yourself repeatedly.
If the last leg of your journey didn’t go as smoothly as you would have hoped it would, no worries. You’ve got plenty of opportunities to make things right because you’re not done traveling. You can continuously improve yourself and the way you experience travel. Personal growth is inevitable when you’re constantly exposed to new things. You’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process of traveling.
You get to be self-indulgent.
Many people feel that being indulgent is viewed as being selfish. Travel can be very lavish, especially if you’re doing it alone. There is no one telling you that you can’t invest in yourself and your dreams. It’s just you, your inhibitions, and your budget. If none of the three cause conflicts, you can do anything your heart desires. If crossing off a majority of your bucket list items in one year excites you, by all means, go for it!
You stop putting things off.
At home, tomorrow never comes. You’re constantly procrastinating by giving yourself one more day to get things done. That isn’t the case when traveling. You’ve got a specific amount of time to do all the things you hoped you would do. If you hesitate, you miss out on those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. When you travel, you’re far braver and more organized because you want to soak up every beautiful minute away from home that you can.
Your creative ideas flow more freely.
You’re going to be more inventive because you need to be. Creativity is required when you travel a lot. After all, there will be obstacles to overcome. If you can’t get past your challenges, you may need to go home prematurely. Since that’s not what’s on the agenda for you, you adapt and conquer with greater ease. You’ve got a lot at stake while traveling and don’t want one experience to cut your trip short.
Travel changes you for the better. It helps you to step outside your comfort zone, go places you’d never go, and do things you never dreamed of doing. It allows you to witness firsthand the marvels of the world and get to know other countries and their people more intimately.
If you have the opportunity to travel frequently, slow down, and savor each moment. It will go by quicker than you imagined. Then, all you have is memories of your trip until you decide to travel again.
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