One of the most significant and most understated values in travel is that it takes you out of your comfort zone. Since Covid, I have tried a few things and recently realized that trying new things has been my way of getting the experiences that travel once provided. Here are a few overlooked ways to help recognize how travel inspires us.
Like traveling to new destinations, trying new things is a way to challenge ourselves and our comfort level. Especially for those who love travel for the sense of adventure, experiencing new skills without taking a trip can be rewarding in its own way. When you try something new and reach your goal, it can create a sense of self-awareness, similar to the travel experience.
Travel is usually a way to leave our stresses at home and a time to escape our realities, if only for a few days. Many of us have had no choice but to be confined due to the pandemic; the ability to get away is no longer an option. For many travelers, journeys have had to be internal with a journey of the mind. If you have found a renewed interest in mindfulness and meditation, the lack of travel might be why.
Travel creates a more open mind. Travelers tend to be more self-aware and respecting of other people’s values, and it creates more respect for new cultures, people, and experiences. Traveling allows us to learn and interact with different people and places, making us recognize our shared humanity. It enhances our ability to be more tolerant of differences and become more broad-minded.
Travel helps you to embrace your passions and find value and new meaning in your life. As a traveler, you learn to trust your instincts and follow your path. It allows you to focus on yourself and put your enjoyment first and build your self-confidence.
Traveling teaches you the difference between price and value. Frequent travelers are more conscious and consider the experiences they will have over the price they will pay. Consequently, their value of travel becomes more defined, and the more inexpensive option may not always be the best choice for them.
Have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately? How? I’d like to know.