Are You On the Fence About Traveling to Your Dream Destinations?
Have you always wanted to go see the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, or the Great Wall of China? By the time you finish reading this article, my goal is for you to buy that ticket to that place you’ve always dreamed of. These are just some of the reasons you should travel in 2022.
1. Grow as a person
Travel is always a great learning experience. It can throw you out of your comfort zone and help you really appreciate the little things. You are surely going to be thrown into a situation that will make you come up with a solution on the fly. This is especially true if you don’t speak the local language. Don’t be afraid of this as pushing yourself a little bit is healthy.
2. To See the Earth’s Natural Beauty
The world is more than large cities and skyscrapers. There is more to this world than a great Italian dish (even though I too love it). Almost every destination you go to has its own unique landscape. You may not think there is a hike that will take your breath away but there is. This is my preferred way to travel. I love to do it all and see as much of the area or country as I can. You don’t need to leave the country to do this either. There are plenty of places in your hometown to go and see. I’m from Virginia and one of my favorite hikes was in the Grayson Highlands. This is a top reason to travel in 2022 especially because you can do it fairly easily in your own backyard.
3. Learn About Other Cultures
One of the main reasons to travel is to experience other cultures. Some people believe there are more than 3800 cultures in the world. Now obviously you won’t be able to experience them all and some are more unique than others. I am one who likes to spend money on experiences, and not things. I am one for culture shock but not everyone is. The first country I visited was Italy.
If you are a first-time traveler, you may not want to go to a place that is less traveled to than many countries in Europe. You also may be young and have no money. Or maybe you have a full-time job since college and haven’t left the country ever. There are many programs at colleges that help students study abroad. As well, if you work a job that will allow you to be remote, look into Remote Year.
4. Helps Reduce Stress
The last two years have been very stressful for everyone with the ongoing pandemic. If you are looking for a way to relieve stress in 2022, then travel could be that answer. Before you do travel though, make sure you keep up to date on the local laws regarding covid-19. There are many reasons travel can help relieve stress but here are a few.
- When you throw yourself in a new environment, it takes over your mind and distracts you from what you left at home. You tend to live more in the here and now.
- If you are looking for answers about what you want to do with your life or career, travel can help you find that. You get thrown in an unknown environment and all you have are your own thoughts. If you are travelling solo, YOU decide what YOU want to do everyday. Want to try snails in Japan? Be my guest. Want to chase the adrenaline rush of bunjee jumping? There are those options for you.
- Meet knew people all over the world that share your same interests. This shows that there is infact billions of people on this planet and they are all more alike than you think. There is someone out there for everybody.
5. There Is No BEtter Time Than Now
If you are hesitant to travel, think you can save it for later down the road, then you might never get to go to these places on your bucket list. The older you get, the more responsibilities we tend to put on ourselves. Traveling with a family can be rewarding but how will you know if you like it all if you haven’t gone yet.
A quote by the late and great Anthony Bourdain reads “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”