Have you ever really doubted this?
Do you love to travel? Maybe even as often as possible? We understand. Yes, actually it’s only your bank account that can appreciate a bit less than you love to travel because when you travel, you develop on a personal level!
You learn to be patient
Anyone who has travelled outside Europe knows that things do not always go according to plan. The buses don’t arrive on time, the trains stop several times on the way, or the roads are not what you are used to at home. Whether you like it or not, travelling, especially to more exotic destinations, is an easy way to test your patience.
You learn to deal with culture shock
When you travel to countries where everyday life is almost the opposite of what you are used to at home, it is not crazy to have a culture shock. The more you travel, the better you can deal with it.
You get a stronger bond
Whether you travel with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can be sure that especially the long trips help determine whether the relationship is a good one. You learn a lot about each other when you are together every day for a longer period of time.
You meet new friends
Especially when you travel alone, you meet a lot of new friends during your trip. Although for some it can be exciting to travel alone or to meet other travellers, it is also a great experience that teaches you a lot. And maybe even make new friends. You can also share your ups and downs during your walk, for example, during the Alta Via 1 itinerary.
Changing your view of the world
Maybe you have a certain idea about a country, culture or place. This can change completely during your trip. Of course, some things will be confirmed, but you will find out why. You will also come to new insights and learn to understand yourself better. In other words, you develop yourself!
You can better deal with change
Whatever stage of life you are in, you can be sure that sooner or later changes will occur. When travelling, it is always possible that something unexpected will happen and ruin your travel plans. The more you travel, the better you will eventually learn to cope with change!
You can break your daily habits
When you wake up in the morning in a treehouse in the jungle of Myanmar, you can be sure that you won’t be able to plug in your straightener. When you wake up in the middle of the mountains on the Alta Via 2 Dolomiti, you already know you can’t even take a bath. Yes, when you travel, you quickly learn that the things you normally have access to on a daily basis are actually not that important to get through the day.
You learn to appreciate the little things in life
One of the things we learn from travelling is to appreciate what we usually take for granted. When you visit local villages in Botswana or Vietnam, you will quickly discover that you are very privileged. It can be difficult to imagine this when you are sitting at home on the sofa. But you can assume that when you go on a journey, you come back a different person…and you are happier!
You become braver
At home, we tend to fall back into old habits, you do the same thing every week as the week before and the week before that… This is not the case when you are abroad. You eat new things (how about grasshoppers!), learn to eat with your hands and try sauces that were perhaps a bit too spicy after all. You go bungee jumping, skydiving or sleep under the stars in the backcountry – knowing that the snake population in Australia easily exceeds the number of memes you’ve seen over the years. But hey, you get braver and you develop.
You get out of your comfort zone
What better time to step out of your comfort zone than when you travel. Especially when you travel to countries where the infrastructure, culture and daily habits are completely different from home. You will have the chance to overcome fears and may feel uncomfortable for a while. But when you step out of your comfort zone, you feel more at ease in new situations than before.