How to be a Better Person by Traveling More

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Travel is something we should do as much as possible. Not only does it help us realize how small we are in relation to the rest of the planet, it helps us become better global citizens.

Every place is unique and when we arrive with an open mind, we learn important lessons about ourselves and others. Here’s just a handful of ways travel makes me a better person.

Perspective

Most of us never gain a new perspective until we move out on our own. I grew up in a house with 5 other kids. Our vacations were usually within an 8-hour drive from our Dallas home and we planned activities everyone liked. Life was good but now that I have my own kids, I realize it was more about my parents’ survival than anything else. I can’t blame them either. We were a pretty wild bunch.

Traveling on my own after high school changed the trajectory of my future. I started to see the world through different eyes. Suddenly my “normal” wasn’t the only way, and that was an important lesson.

Everyone should step away from life for a moment and focus on other things (other people, other places). Your problems or challenges will look different when you return.

Nowadays it feels like we’re understanding less and less about ourselves and our communities. Traveling helps us see things differently and learn that the world is much bigger than the bubble we live in.

Purpose

We’re given just one life to live on this planet and we have a responsibility to explore it and learn as much as we can. Somewhere along the way, you just might find your purpose; what you were meant to do with your life.

Traveling shapes us in a way nothing else does. We figure out what matters and learn to prioritize our life’s objectives. Maybe the Peace Corp is your calling or religious mission work at home or abroad.

But you don’t have to save the world to be a better person. Travel teaches us tolerance, compassion, love, and patience. Or at least it does when you’re really interacting with others and absorbing your surroundings. Use these skills in your everyday life and watch the magic happen.

Possibility

Have you ever been so touched by an experience, you knew instantly your life would never be the same? An essential memory burned into your brain; a happy place to escape to when things get tough.

Some of my fondest travel memories are from my very first adventure abroad with a group of friends after graduation. Something as simple as a song on the radio or the smell of honeysuckle catapults me back to the English countryside and all the crazy things we did. I love looking back on that experience.

I’m grateful to have had an opportunity to connect with those friends before we separated and moved on to college (and the rest of our lives). One of the things I love most about traveling is the anticipation. Looking forward to my next adventure brings hope and excitement about the future.

Connection

There’s a big difference between your list of Facebook friends and the face to face connections you make with people in real life. Just imagine all the funny, inspirational, adventurous souls you’ve yet to meet!

When you travel the world, you have the opportunity to connect with the amazing people in it. What an awesome blessing! When we get stuck in the daily grind and fail to look outside of ourselves, we miss so much. Especially when we’re stuck behind a desk 40+ hours a week.

Never be afraid to unplug, get off the grid, and discover something new. It’s human nature to crave interaction, and travel is an exciting way to extend your personal and professional networks.

Freedom

Hesitation is a buzz kill, and we hesitate an awful lot in our daily lives. What we end up doing is talking ourselves out of things! Travel encourages spontaneity and helps us lose that fear of taking risks.

Imagine the things you’d do differently if you were no longer afraid of taking risks? The old saying, “The greater the risk, the greater the reward” is completely true.

Freedom is addictive and once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never look back. There’s nothing more intoxicating than looking at a world map and asking yourself, “Where will I go next?” – because YOU are in control of your destiny.

Identity

It’s not always a blessing to wake up and realize your life doesn’t even remotely resemble what you thought it would be. For some, it’s terrifying!

If you’ve experienced a major shift in life or dealt with loss, you might feel as if you’ve lost a piece of yourself somewhere. Travel is an opportunity to step outside of your world and reflect. It’s an opportunity to regain some of what you’ve lost.

After my divorce years ago, I didn’t recognize myself anymore. It was hard remembering how to be the fun-loving girl I’d always been. Taking risks (even though it was scary) and traveling on my own helped remind me of my strength.

Over time, I began to reclaim my happiness and feel like my old self again. Years later, I still rely on travel to help me stay in touch with myself. Traveling sharpens your focus and problem-solving skills. These are important in both your business and your personal life!

Enrichment

Travel is one of the best ways to learn and evolve. In an instant, you’re a real-life grown up! The confidence gained from navigating your way across an unfamiliar territory is priceless.

Flight delays, language barriers, unfamiliar customs; they’ll challenge and change you. Some of the most interesting people I’ve met are frequent travelers. Their stories draw you in and inspire the imagination.

But I’m always amazed at how much there is to learn. It’s exciting to see how different foods are prepared, to hike different terrain, and to discover how ancient history has influenced modern life. And the story changes with each new place.

Travel has made me more conscious of my influence on the planet. I’m more mindful of waste, of caring for others and giving back to my community.

Fulfillment

Most of us followed the path expected of us. Graduate, get a good job, acquire assets, start a family, etc etc. Then we looked up several years later, wondering what was next. This can’t be it!

Travel sets souls on fire. Until you’ve experienced it, you’re likely to feel as if something is missing. Don’t wait for someone to join you. Don’t wait for the timing to be perfect. Make a plan (or don’t), pack a bag, and hit the road. Don’t simply exist. If you want more, you have to go get it.

Rebellion

We all have a streak. That part of you that wants to throw caution to the wind and get away from it all.

Late night jaunts, cocktails at lunch, dessert for dinner – only on vacation can you be such a rebel! And why not? It feels good to be bad! Everyone deserves to cut loose once in awhile, and traveling provides the perfect opportunity.

Your responsibilities will always be there, and if you’re not careful, they’ll bury you. It’s okay to push pause and care for yourself. Taking a break is justs as important as healthy food, sleep, and exercise.

In the midst of all your ‘adulting,’ don’t forget how to have a good time! Travel is an investment in yourself, and just like your retirement, you don’t want to wait too long to get started. If you’re not sure where to begin, take a weekend road trip within a reasonable distance of your home.

Even if you don’t spend the night out, breaking routine and recharging your battery will feel great. Take a hike, try a new place for dinner, or go see a show. These are great ways to whet the appetite for new and exciting adventures!

What are some ways travel helps you grow? If you’re needing inspiration or are ready to plan your next adventure, click the button below to schedule your free consultation.