There’s a famous quote from the Lord Of The Rings that goes, “Not all those who wander are lost”. Here are 12 reasons why you should take up wandering seriously! And no, we don’t mean travelling back to your hometown or visiting your relatives and chilling at home - we mean going out there and exploring brand-new places!
No matter how busy you are (or broke), here are the reasons to travel to at least one new place every year!
1. That cliche is true: travel opens up your mind
Travelling always exposes you to new things: cultures, people, languages and ideas. It really broadens your perspectives and the way you form your opinions.
2. You learn so much about acceptance and respect
When you encounter different cultures and people, you become more accepting and respectful as a person. AND you gain acceptance and respect from others. Travel is that good a teacher!
3. It’s so much fun!
You’ll be seeing places you’ve never seen before! If that doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know what will.
4. So many stories...
Whether it’s bungee jumping in New Zealand, or trying a roasted insect in a street market in Thailand, or white-water rafting in Rishikesh, travel experiences make for some brilliant stories for the people back home!
5. There’s no better way to know your country
Seeing someplace new doesn’t always have to mean Barcelona or Cairo. India has SO MANY places to see, each one more different and beautiful than the next, and so very diverse - the only way to truly appreciate our motherland is through travel!
6. Hello, the food!!
The most integral part of travelling? F.O.O.D. YES. Nothing will help you soak up a place like its cuisine.
7. Travel makes you an interesting person
A person who travels a lot is the opposite of boring. You’ll be full of stories, experiences and worldly wisdom. And everyone envies a girl with some travel gyan
8. It makes for a fab shopping session!
Travel helps you collect some exclusive, one-of-a-kind clothes, mementoes and accessories that are native to a region. Sure, everyone can buy that super Michael Kors bag, but do they have earrings that were handmade by the locals of Peling? Do they?
9. You make a few new friends for sure
Even if you’re a super-unsocial creature, being out of your comfort zone means you HAVE to talk new people! And not only do you get to make a whole lot of new friends, you’ll also have friends from all over the world!
10. Travel helps you discover yourself
The thought of being in a completely new place with no one who knows you can be scary, but it is this experience that will teach YOU who you are. Don’t worry, you can do it! ;-)
11. What better way of facing your fears?
Whether it’s the fear of heights, or the fear of the sea, when you go to a new place, you automatically become open to new experiences, and are more willing to face your fears. And don’t you relish the thought of coming back home fearless?!
12. You’ll make memories for a lifetime!
When we reminisce about school and college, it’s always the excursions and trips that come into mind first. Similarly, when you grow old, it’ll be the memories of your travels. So go make some memories already! :-)Images: TumblrMUST-READ: #TravelBug: 11 Tips to Stay Safe When You’re Travelling SoloMUST-READ: Travel Like a Pro – How to Have the Most Comfortable Flight EVER!