When we think about traveling, we picture young, gorgeously photogenic people with no commitments and plenty of financial and emotional freedom. It’s so easy to feel like traveling is a young person’s game, especially when you have so many ties to you “normal” life back at home. A job, friends, social and financial commitments…the list goes on. But the truth is, if you’re already here reading this article, you must already be seriously contemplating your traveling adventure. So with that in mind, here you’ll find 4 reasons why you should absolutely go for it and never look back.
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Your confidence will soar.
You might be the shyest person in the room, and usually, find your voice is all to often drowned out by the louder ones in your life – or you might be used to having all eyes on you, and you easily carry a conversation and revel in social situations. Whatever your personality, traveling will seriously boost your confidence. How?
Well, you’ll be meeting new, exciting and different people every single day of your travels, you’ll be asking for directions, bartering at the market for strange and exotic objects, trying to navigate a perilous bus or tuk-tuk ride all while trying to remember your way back to your hostel. Problem-solving and making friends will come so easily to you once you’ve traveled…Travelling will push you so far out of your comfort zone you’ll never want to go back to it!
You’ll never be lonely.
Whether your social circle is very limited, or you just feel that you want to meet new people, heading off on the road means that you’ll never be lonely. You could be backpacking through New Zealand or India, even a remote island somewhere, but you’ll never truly be on your own. You’re sure to meet like-minded travelers and amazing locals and you’ll make friends for life. And the great thing about traveling is, that if you bump into someone that isn’t your cup of tea – don’t sweat it, you’ll be heading off in different directions anyway!
Many people think that traveling is just a way of putting off the inevitable and avoiding getting a job in the “real world” for as long as possible. But that couldn’t be further from the truth when you’re traveling you’ll be amazed at how many new skills you’ll pick up and how you can put them to good use when you finally touch back down in the “real world”. From problem-solving to reading a map, navigating with a compass, basic communication in several languages, bartering for a discount, how to drive a moped or quad bike – and all on very limited sleep.
Travelling, makes you humble. When you inevitably see the remnants of an old war, or volunteering at an orphanage or hospital, sleeping on the floor and going days without a shower, you’ll soon appreciate how good you have it back home.