Travelling can be complicated: it requires funds, time, organisational skills, availability, companionship (for some), sense of responsibility… Or does it? See, some of these things, like time, are definitely a necessity, others — come naturally within the process. The biggest issues a lot of people seem to have with travelling, however, always end up being: 1) money, and 2) getting to it.
The getting to it part is the most difficult: it’s tough to find the time to — especially with studying and/or working — and to just go ahead and do it, without feeling like you’re leaving some responsibility behind. However, travelling is so important to human beings, when possible — for a lot of things within our psyche.
Nothing will teach you more about the world and how to make your way through life than travelling. It shows the difference in mentalities, it teaches you things you could never learn in your home country, it gives you opportunity to explore places you might never be able to visit again, it gives you a lot of stories to tell — varying anywhere from the most delicious empanada you’ve ever had to the craziest sleepless nights you’ve ever lived through.
The further you travel the more new things you can learn, of course — because cultures across the globe are endlessly varied — but you don’t, actually, have to go too far. The city you live in and the countryside surrounding it are already two completely different areas, requiring completely different survival skills.
Travelling — especially alone, actually, however grim it might sound at first — opens your mind up to your own self like nothing else will. Whether it’s a short trip to the neighbouring city, or a several-months long exploration of a distant continent, during the time that you spend with just yourself you will not be able to avoid thinking, and learning more about who you are. It can be a lot of things: from some personal issues that you’ve been putting dealing with off, to what kind of ice cream you actually like best; few timepasses can offer you just as much material to work with in terms of your own identity.
At the same time, though, travel should not be seen just like a long journey of exploration and discovery. Sometimes, travelling is important just as a week-long getaway from your routine. Whatever routine it is — whether you work in an office, perform in a theatre or spend too much time with the same person — getting away from it will not only give your mind its long-deserved and awaited rest, it will also reignite your passion for something that may seem dull and repetitive, no matter how much you love it.
Connections are important, and travelling brings so, so many of those. Be it a brief encounter with someone incredibly deep and thoughtful at the airport as you wait to board the plane, or a new friendship with the person that hosted you at your destination, connections are often very healing, comforting and, even, educational. Travelling allows you to make many connections you normally would have no opportunity to. And that opens your mind, offers a sense of coziness and belonging and might, actually, one day come in handy. You never know — but it’s never a bad thing to look for pros in everything unless you’re too obsessive.
Travelling offers you a new perspective on many aspects of life. From re-discovering or enhancing your own sense of identity, it will also open your eyes up to a lot of things in this world: from the inequalities and blessings to the different occupations you could instead be dedicating your life to. Travelling can be a wake-up call, or, in turn, it can be a reassurance in what you’ve already known all along.
I couldn’t skip this one out. Let’s be real, “jobs” is not something you think of, necessarily, when you’re thinking of your mind and comfort. At the same time, though, it’s definitely something deeply tied to those concepts. As sad as it is, our world and our survival depend mostly on work and results. Travelling will 1) show you new things you could be doing, 2) teach you new skills, 3) help you hone the skills you’ve already had (like languages, organisational skills, yada yada yada) and 4) look wonderful on your resume. Employers love people with experience and knowledge that others might not have, so it’s nice to combine the nice with the useful, as we say in Russia.
Travelling is not just good for your mental health, it’s incredibly good for your physical well-being, too. From all the additional moving you will do, with sightseeing and whatnot, it might also help through offering you different remedies that are not immediately available where you live, as well as offering a different air to breathe (which is especially important to asthmatics and such)
Do you travel often? What are your favourite things to do? Or would you like to do it more? Let’s talk in the comments below!