Travel is always a once in a lifetime experience that allows your mind to get away for a while and allows you to create memories. I was a teenager when I used to take a voyage into the imaginations of seeing the world. I did not know that soon my imaginations will be renovating into actualities. Since I hailed from a poor family, I was duty-bound to think of studying hard and finish my university and grab a job to earn a better livelihood.
However, I did not limit myself to what my people around decided for me, rather I decided to catch up with my imaginations. I always remembered the saying of Saint Augustine:
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Usually, we pick up dancing, music, business, etc, but at one point I chose traveling along with my studies because I thought that traveling would improve my personality through visiting new places, meeting new people, making new friends, eating new foods every day, learning more about culture and history.
Nevertheless, sometimes these activities don’t bring change, they become a daily routine. What makes change is the ability to observe and bear witness the simplest human values, which can be fathomed by a lone traveler. I have journeyed to Europe, Uk, Middle East, Arab Gulf, South Asia, Central Asia and Russia. After traveling at length before I turned 30. I found that It is better to spend your money on experiences rather than on material things, and as said by Mark Twain:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
Long-term traveling is capable of changing you by shifting on many levels your needs and priorities. Travelling can teach you more than what university can teach, and this has been attested by Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School who has authored a number of studies that investigate the concrete links between creativity and international travel.
No matter how insignificant it may seem, the fact that you’ve had an experience abroad, something that was out of the ordinary, creates a memory that you will remember for a long time.
The benefits of traveling are not just a one-time thing: traveling changes you physically and psychologically. Having little time or money isn’t a valid excuse. You can fly for cheap very easily. The only thing you need is imagination? Do you have that imagination?
During my eight years of travelling, I enjoyed to be surrounded with people from all over the world and I have experienced the craziest, most exciting things, that will eventually become great stories that I am going to tell others.
I have become more understanding and tolerant about a culture different than ours. The whole thing I have learned from traveling is when I know who I am, I know what I want and I know how to change myself. I know resilience and I know belonging.
If I learn about more people, I learn more about myself. You could think of it this way: if you read what’s in the news or watch the news on TV and don’t question it, you’re missing on a ton of information. You might think that it makes you smarter and more aware of the world, but it’s the exact opposite: it narrows your mind to a unique and biased perspective that will spoil you gradually.