“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain-
1. You will grow as a person
When you travel the world, you have the opportunity to experience different cultures and meet new people. It is inevitable that through these experiences you will learn a lot about yourself. Who you are as a person and what you want out of life might very well change.
You will enjoy a much greater sense of freedom when no one is able to tell you what to do. You are the boss. You decide where you want to go, what you want to do and how long you want to stay.
You will discover how much better life can be when you live it simply. No phone, email, TV, job, schedule, bills to pay; just you, your surroundings and your mind. Perfection.
4. Food, Glorious Food
You will have the chance to taste food from all corners of the globe. That sure beats the fast food culture in this country. Do you like eating Chinese, Thai or Indian food? You will enjoy the food even more when you eat it from the place it originated.
5. Meet New People
You will have the chance to meet new people when you travel; some interesting, some boring, and some downright crazy. Everyone has a story to tell, chances are that it will be worth listening to.
Instead of looking out your office window to see a hundred skyscrapers staring back at you, or at home at your neigbours’ rooftoop or backyard, you will get the chance to see the world in all its natural beauty. See the deserts of Africa or the jungles of the Amazon with your own eyes instead of looking at a still image in a book.
7. Become Street Smart
You might already be book smart but add street smart to your persona then there’s no stopping you; it’s a killer combination. Travelling teaches you many oflife’s lessons and you will gain pearls of wisdom along your journey; from being able to barter, to knowing when you are trying to be conned, there are many things new places can teach you.
8. You only live once
We all get a limited amount of time on this Earth, and no one knows when it will come to an end (sorry, to be such a downer). Do you really want to stay in the same town or city your whole life, without meeting new people, tasting new foods and seeing and experiencing life as others do?
9. Coming Home
After travelling round the world, there is nothing quite like the feeling of walking through your front door, dropping your bags on the floor, and going upstairs to sleep in your warm, comfortable bed for a day or two. As much fun as travelling can be, everyone needs a place they can call home.
10. Just Because You Love It
If for no other reason than the fact that you’re just passionate about it – then that’s good enough! Personally I live and breathe travel. As soon as I come home I’m planning another trip.