I recently came across the following quote:
“Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama
At least, it’s often acquitted to the Dalai Lama, there is some debate on the origins, I’m not going to get into that right now, though. 😉
This hasn’t been the first time I’ve come across this quote, but having seen it again, I’m reminded of how many people go on holiday and do not actually travel.
Visiting the same beaches, resorts (or even types of resorts), hotels, restaurants, etc. and do not experience the real joys you get when traveling.
Hey, don’t get me wrong, we could all do with a good holiday every now and then, but how many times can you go to the same beachside resort in Spain?
This had me thinking about travel and the benefits of exploring new places.
After some good old pondering, I’ve come up with a few reasons why you NEED to go somewhere new this year.
When I say new, it could be that you visit Asia for the first time, or just visit a local national park you’ve never been to. The experience will be completely different, but it’s an experience you have yet to enjoy. 😉
5 Brilliant reasons why you NEED to go somewhere NEW this year.
Travel to broaden your perspective
By traveling you come into contact with people from all different walks of life. People that appreciate different things and hold different values to yourself.
Culturally, you can become more understanding if you are open and you will become a more well-rounded individual.
Your way of looking at the world may be good, but there could be some major gaps that other views could fill.
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Travel to escape
You’re in a new place where no-one knows who you are. You can relax from the bustle of your normal life and be free; you can be yourself or someone completely different.
If you’re stuck in a rut or in a between stage in life, travel provides a welcoming escape to just reset and move forward.
Travel is education
Travel emerges you in the language of the country you’re in. Making it a lot easier to learn some of the day-to-day words of that language. By trying to communicate with the locals in their language, they will generally be a lot friendlier and more helpful in showing you their country.
Not only that but by traveling you’ll learn first-hand about an economy, history, culture, geography, etc.
Travel for the adventure
Whether you’re trying to surf for the first time, zip lining through treetops or bartering your way through some local markets, travel means adventure.
Challenges can also be an adventure. Meaning even your day-to-day activities; like picking up your morning cup of joe, or ordering a pizza, becomes an adventure.
Speaking of food, even some of those foreign dishes you’ve never heard of can turn into an adventure! …finding out what it is, is just the start. 😉
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Travel to better understand yourself & grow
By traveling you’re putting yourself into new situations, presenting yourself with new opportunities and challenges. Only by coming face-to-face with these situations will you know how you will handle or deal with them, and what aspects of yourself you need to work on.
You will also learn new skills or skills you didn’t know you had. Bartering like a champion for example… Although the learning curve could be a bit pricey. 😉
Travel gives you a sense of accomplishment
Setting out goals and reaching them is healthy for the soul. It will also make you happy & build your confidence knowing you’ve achieved something. Giving you the motivation to tackle your next challenge.
Why do you travel? We’d love to know in the comments below! 😊
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Maike & David