In today’s on-the-go world, we are constantly hustling and looking for a means to make money and survive, it’s hard to take a break. Not the 1 hour break we get for lunch. This is in reference to taking a break from our day to day tasks, home, work and family responsibilities. Taking time off to go on vacation can change your life. It can expose you to different cultures and can help shape your mindset.
In fact, studies show that travelling makes everybody a more awesome person. We end our travels way better off than when we started. This is not just conceited or egotistical phrases; it is something that other travellers strongly believe in. And it is something that makes you not only a better human being but a way cooler one too.
How and why does travel make you more awesome? Let’s count the ways:
You become More social – When travelling on the road you either get better at making friends or you end up alone. You learn to make friends out of strangers and get more comfortable talking to new people. Introvert attest to growing more comfortable and happy talking to strangers like they have known each other for years.
Confidence Boost – After you have travelled the country. Hiked Mt. Nyangani. Wined and dined on the beautiful shores of the Zambezi River, navigated unknown cities with different Shona and Ndebele dialects. In short, you did awesome things. After accomplishing so much, you’re going to feel a lot more confident in your ability to achieve anything you set your mind to.
Better at conversation – Travel not only makes you comfortable talking to strangers, it makes you better at it too. You’ll get better at small talk and how to ask interesting questions that tell you more about the next person.
More adaptable – You’ve dealt with slow buses, wrong turns, delays, bad street food, and much, much more. After a while, you learn how to adapt your plans to changing situations. You don’t get mad easily, you don’t get angry; you just alter what you are doing and move on. All those mistakes did something else for you, too. They made you more easy-going and relaxed. How and Why? Because you’re awesome like that.
More adventurous – When you become confident in your ability to do anything, you do anything. Bungee jumping or white water rafting in Victoria Falls needs some serious guts. What’s the purpose of life if not to break out of your comfort zone? After one attempt, the adrenaline rush will have you buzzing and looking for more adventure!
Sexier – Stress causes aging. Those carefree, relaxing days on the road are going to make you more confident and radiant, and you’ll age slower. You’ll look young and sexy after a vacation.
Smarter – Unless you sit in your room the whole time and drowning your brain in frozen drinks, travel will teach you about your country. You’ll learn about people, history, and culture, and arcane facts about places some people could only dream about. In short, you’ll have a better understanding about how it works and how people behave. That’s something that can’t be learned from books; you can only pick it up with on-the-road experience.
Less materialistic – On the road, you learn just how little stuff you actually need. You’ll realize that all that crap they sell at the mall is pretty useless in leading a truly happy life. Coming home, you’ll find yourself a minimalist simply because you realize what you need to live and what you don’t. As they say, the more you own, the more it owns you.
Happier – Travel simply teaches you how to be happy. You’ll become more relaxed, more confident, and see the world as a brighter place. How can you not be happy about life after all of that?
Travel makes people better people. When you learn more about the world and the people in it, push your boundaries, and try new things, you become a more open, outgoing, and awesome person. With all the ways a trip can make you more of an awesome person, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be planning your next adventure now — whether it’s around the world or just a short drive to the local game reserve.
Stop being boring, and do something awesome!
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