It is human nature to be constantly seeking for something new. This is evident in the history of men where a lot of people are risking their lives in the pursuit of discovering something new. And I got hooked up to that longing. And there was no better way to start that quest than beach holidays to Tenerife, Spain. The travel bug bit me, and now, I find myself saving and planning for my next trip.
After that, there was no stopping the travel bug that bit me years ago. A lot of people do not understand my thirst for travelling to other places. Why do I risk travelling to other regions when I can be safe and sound back in my home country? Chasing public transportation, eating strange food and sleeping in bare hotel rooms are some of the risks pointed out. Why do I risk unpredictable weather just to enjoy the scenery below a mountain ridge?
A lot of people have asked me those questions and more. Here’s why:
1. When you travel, it lets you get away from the hustle and bustle of daily living. Every day, I am bombarded by the responsibilities of a sales person. I face the responsibilities of taking care of my family. When given this responsibility, while highly rewarding and fulfilling, but it could be very stressful and gets to you eventually. I can afford to be carefree when travelling, having only myself to take care of. No can keep me away from my travels. In that brief moment of life, I am truly free.
2. You get to appreciate things that you haven’t given much thought when travelling. I do harbor negative thoughts such as wishing my annoying sister will disappear. But when travelling alone, I wish she was with me so I can have someone to talk to and to enjoy the experience with. Buying beverages takes up much of my travel expenses. But when I’m out there in the mountain for a multi-day trek, I yearn for just a glass of the cold drink. Travelling makse me appreciate what I have. Believe me, when you’re out there, nothing is trivial.
3. Travelling restores my batteries. Travelling is interchangeable to taking a vacation. And having a vacation is a good thing so I can take a rest from all the stress in life. No reports to make and no family to take care of. It’s just me, the beach, and the mountain tops. The best thing about vacationing is that when I get back home, I feel invigorated and ready to take on the world.
4. Travelling exercises my ingenuity. When I travel, I face living situations that I can never encounter at home and learn from them. For example, through my travels, I learned how to save my budget when sightseeing. I learned how to haggle for prices. I learned how to board moving buses. Travelling trains me to adapt to unusual encounters. If you notice, most people who travel a lot are more adaptable to change and develop a natural ability to overcome problems that others would give up on.
5. Travelling makes me discover the real world. What we see in magazines, books, TV, or the Internet is significantly different in the real world. Out there, the culture of a foreign land is richer and more complex than you’ve ever imagined. Real poverty is truly heart-wrenching, and the wonders of the place take a life of its very own.
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