“Every experience, good or bad, is a priceless collector’s item.”
Travelling is enriching you with experiences no one will ever be able to take from you. I totally agree to the quote by St. Augustine “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Well one page of a book can be quite exciting, right? But imagine yourself reading an exciting book of thousands of pages. The experiences you obtain while travelling will change your personality because you see things differently. But why is this experience so important and why should you start reading more pages of this special book?
1. The anticipation
Travelling is always filled with anticipation. From the very moment when you start to think about a new destination, if you finally take a decision and then the thrill of actually booking the journey fulfils with happiness and excitement. Mostly this is followed by research and the creation of must do’s, must eat’s and must see’s list. After all preparation you will start counting down the months, weeks and hours until your departure. The adrenaline-inducing feeling of taking off form the runway causes the final excitement. All this is great fun and a an experience in itself.
2. Seeing and experiencing a new place (city, town, countryside, island, you name it)
I know some people feel differently and do not think this is anything to write about. I disagree. Personally I think each new place is exciting and absolutely something to write about (and tell stories about, and take photographs of, etc.). There are landmarks you haven’t seen before that offer awe, beauty and surprise.
There are different people to scope out, whether just enjoying the art and silliness of people-watching at a distance or getting a bit closer and actually meeting some of the locals. Different cultures and ways of life can be witnessed, and experienced through visiting different places. So many wildly different destinations offer valuable and varied visual and other sensory experiences. Riding a camel in the Saharan desert, a road trip through the outback, etc. I could continue… But you know the nature of the memories I am describing. These are the moments that make up why we travel. Those magical travel moments that really take your breath away. Traveling is living to the max for a specific, isolated period of time. Fantastic.
3. “You are the own storyteller of your life, and you can create your own legend, or not!”
Travel arms you with fantastic and interesting life stories to share with others as well as to treasure for yourself within your heart, filling up the memory box that stores all the experiences of your life. These stories add richness, background and wonder to your own life story.
4. Meeting new people while traveling
Not always a given, but often when it does happen, this can add depth and joy to the trip you are on. Especially if they are locals and can help give you a less touristy and more authentic experience of the place you are visiting.
5. The sense of bringing you emotionally closer to whomever you are traveling with
A bonding of sorts. Because of navigating through this shared experience together and then, the shared memories you both have will always connect you in a special way.
6. “Keep yourself educated and never stop learning!”
Much learning takes place with every step we make, especially in unknown waters. It teaches you in all sorts of different forms, in all the different ways described above. Traveling also teaches us: open-mindedness, learning to fend for oneself when problems or challenges arise, resourcefulness, learning to go with the flow, discovery (of oneself and of the world) and finally, self-confidence.