If you surveyed 1,000 people asking them what they wanted to do with their lives you would predominantly get generic answers along the lines of get married, have kids, be happy, travel, just to name a few. Sadly, most people never fulfill this last goal: to travel. Coming from a small town, which most people have never even heard of, I grew up around people who rarely left our tiny county; the furthest some had ever traveled was to the closest city to buy groceries.
There are many reasons why people never take the time to travel and see different parts of the world other than the ones they are used to. Some being:
1. Traveling can be scary
You are in new places surrounded by people you have never met or even spoken to. Traveling forces you to go outside of your comfort zone.
2. Traveling can be expensive
Everything in life costs something. Every trip you take does not have to be an over-the-seas bank breaker. Short day trips are often times the most fun.
3. They believe they are too young or too old to travel
Many times people believe that traveling is an activity reserved to those who have retired from successful careers and now have the time and money to dedicate specifically to traveling. If you always wait until the conditions are perfect to do something, you will miss out on great opportunities.
I have been fortunate enough to do some traveling and from my experiences, traveling is an activity for the young and the old. The outgoing and the shy. The small-town girl and the city boy. Traveling has taught me more about myself and the world around me than any teacher or textbook could. The most important lesson anyone can learn from traveling is appreciation. You Should Travel Young
From a young age, most children are taught not to take anything for granted. We are taught the old adage, you never know what you have until it is gone. While these are great life lessons how can they be applicable if you never deviate from your hometown or the people you have known your whole life? Is it possible to appreciate where you are from or the people around you if you never experience anything else? Take the movie the Wizard of Oz for example, all Dorothy wanted was to get away from Kansas, but what are the words she says at the end to get her back, “there’s no place like home.” In order for us to appreciate the things in our life we have to be willing to experience new things. Traveling is also the key way to develop appreciation towards different cultures. When you go to new places and see how the residents of that area live and how it is different from yours it really makes you evaluate what is important in your life.
Overall, traveling is a great way to better yourself. Traveling makes you more appreciative for what you have in life. You are able to try new things and discover your likes and dislikes. You become more cultured and compassionate towards people who are different than yourself. Traveling teaches you responsibility and encourages you to embrace your independence. I encourage everyone to take every opportunity they have and see the world around them; whether it is a trip of 30 miles or 3,000 miles. By not taking the opportunity to travel, many people are missing out on some of the greatest places, people, and experiences the world has to offer.