Thanks for joining me! If you’ve clicked this post to learn why I am passionate about traveling, you’ve come to the right place. Of course, stumbling upon this post works, too. When writing this piece, I wanted to make it simple, but keeping things short and sweet is sometimes overrated.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. — St. Augustine
Why do people leave their homes and travel all over the globe? In my head, the answer to this question seems almost too easy. Yet, as I sit here racking my brain for a sufficient answer, I worry I cannot do the “life of travel” justice. My words will probably fail me, regardless, it is important that I share my thoughts with you. The only sound advice I can truly give if you find yourself unconvinced by my words is this: Go. Travel far and wide and do not limit your horizons. See all that this world has to offer through your own eyes and then you will understand where I am coming from.
First and foremost, the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about various cultures is one of the main reasons I love to travel. I believe it is important to recognize the value of immersing oneself in a new culture because such new insights prove to be very rewarding. I have found that every destination has something unique to teach me and gaining awareness of new customs, places, and people, is the best way to learn. I can say this a million times without fail: you will never truly understand how beautiful and diverse the world is unless you experience it for yourself. Visiting new cities and countries will open up your mind to the wonders of contrast and help you realize there is no one way to live this beautiful life.
Simply put, meeting people from other places will show you that your worldview is not the same as everyone else’s. For example, between all the religions, races, and languages it is often hard to be accepting of people who differ in any regard. However, if you revel in the benefits of learning more about how countries were shaped by diverse groups of people over time, it is likely that you will begin to accept these differences without judgment. In my experience, developing a strong sense of cultural awareness is humbling and life-changing because it has generously rewarded me with a more inclusive worldview.
Secondly, learning about other cultures in books, movies, and educational settings motivated me to find out what other parts of the world are truly like. With that being said, I believe that such curiosity attributes to my ongoing quest for a deeper understanding, especially when concerning the similarities and differences between my culture and foreign cultures. In life, you can never be too curious when it’s for the right reasons. For instance, my inquisitiveness has led me to develop greater global awareness. No matter where life takes you, recognizing the ways to communicate with others in a kind and respectful way is a must. Plus, when in a position where you need to make a decision regarding someone and/or something from another culture, being globally aware will empower you to make educated, well-informed decisions. Remember, ignorance is not always bliss because a life free from ignorance is a life better lived.
I attribute much of my passion for new adventures to having the freedom to take an inventory of my life, choose a specific direction, and move forward. There is no path free of challenges, and frankly, encountering difficulties is part of the journey and traveling provides me with the confidence and the resources to overcome them. World travel has transformed my life, and I can attest that each adventure has made me into a better person. To surround yourself with people and places that shape your understanding of the world by merely existing is empowering. In the end, I know that these journeys are a testament of my willingness to expand my fountain of knowledge and venture in new directions.