Traveling isn’t just a luxury that some people can afford. It’s something that everyone should be able to do. Putting money back towards travel isn’t a waste of time. Seeing the world is eye-opening and good for you physically, mentally and spiritually. Here’s what happens when you don’t get out and see the world.
You won't learn as much as you could
If you aren’t able to tear yourself away from your comfort zone, you will never learn as much as you could if you travel. Traveling is a fantastic educational experience. If kids are holding you back from traveling, don’t treat them as a hindrance. Rather, bring them along. They will learn as they travel right beside you.
Opening a book or a webpage and reading about a place that’s far away can only teach you so much. Experiencing a new place, land, culture or religion is so much more educational. So if you’re looking to gain more knowledge, traveling is a good place to start.
You Won’t Grow as Much as You Could
Traveling can help you grow as a person. You can become someone totally new outside of your comfort zone. You’ll realize what you like and what you don’t like. Between food and modes of transportation there are plenty of things to discover in between when you visit different cultures! Understanding who you really are at the core of your being is enlightening to you. Your travel experience won’t leave you when return home. You’ll bring your new self back home with you.
You May Become Discontent with Where You Live
When you travel, you realize just how great your home is. Other countries are beautiful and they all have their own perks, but home is irreplaceable. And when you travel to third world countries, or places that not quite as advanced, you realize just how good you have it. Familiar food and running water is taken for granted. Seeing poverty gives you a greater appreciation for what you have and it spurs you on to do good things for those in need.
You May Develop Misconceptions about Other Cultures
It’s easy to see the world from one point of view if you never leave your home. There are a lot of misconceptions about different cultures, religions and world views. Our world views are shaped from our experiences, our families, our education and our beliefs. If you don’t get out and see the world, your world view will never grow. For example, there are plenty of incorrect perceptions about foreign cultures, but how will you know they are incorrect if you don’t experience those cultures for yourself? It’s important to experience them so that you don’t mistake someone else’s point of view as incorrect, when, in reality, it’s just different from yours.
You won't try new things
You won’t be able to try new things if you don’t live outside of your comfort zone. Even in the span of a week, you could go on a trip that may totally broaden your horizons. You can try new foods, new ways of traveling, new hobbies and meet new people. All of these things can contribute to your journey to becoming a better, well-rounded individual.
You'll experience more stress
If you don’t travel, you may experience more stress. Traveling is an excellent way to escape from the everyday, mundane activities in your life that are getting you down. Traveling allows you to disconnect from stress at home and reconnect with family members or friends or even yourself. It’s a great way to relax and recharge.
You will regret not traveling
Some people put off traveling because it isn’t the right time, or they don’t have enough money, or they don’t know where to go. Stop putting off the things you want to do and just do them! You won’t regret discovering a new culture, possibly making new friends and engaging in new experience. In fact, some research suggests that not traveling is a regret that older people have later in life. So don’t live to regret what you could be doing today!
Traveling isn’t for every single person. But everyone should take the chance to get out of their comfort zone. You don’t have to leave the country, but leaving your driveway is a great step towards discovering the world of travel.
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for "The Drifter Collective." Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.