“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous
Have you ever felt a sudden, inescapable urge to book a flight to a place you’ve never been before, or hop in the car for an impromptu weekend trip just to see somewhere new? Do you generally feel a strong, underlying desire to explore different parts of the world? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you, my friend, have what we call wanderlust.
Trust us, we get it. Our wanderlust is real. We feel a draw to travel almost every day, and we love meeting other people who feel the same way.
And if you ask us, wanderlust is a beautiful thing. We understand that travel is an investment – no matter how you go about it, it takes some planning and money. But exploring the world is so worth it, and it enriches our lives in so many ways. Here are just a few of them:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
When traveling, you will often be exposed to people and places that are different from the ones you know best. No matter how much you read about them, actually seeing these places in person and taking the time to get to know them firsthand is crucial for developing a more accurate understanding of cultures that are different from your own. The more we are exposed to and interact with up close, the less likely it is that you’ll develop or adhere to any subconscious prejudiced or narrow-minded perspectives that color the way you view the world. When you travel, take the time to really engage with the people and the culture around you – it’ll be well worth it.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Have you ever gone on a trip and had everything go exactly as planned? Us neither. When you’re traveling, especially to places where the language and cultural norms are different from yours, you’re bound to experience a few bumps in the road. Travel challenges us to take those bumps in the road head on and adapt accordingly. It forces us to be thoughtful and strategic in solving problems, and to be flexible in the outcomes, which are often different than what we originally envisioned.
“A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
Travel is the ultimate connector. When you’re trying to navigate your way around a new place, whether solo or with travel buddies, you will likely experience a time (or many times!) when you’ll need some type of support. Whether you need directions from someone who knows the area better, help when you’re in some kind of bind, or just to talk with others who are in a similar boat as you, travel will force you to seek out connections with others around you. You’ll likely connect with people from new places and cultures that will help broaden your understanding of the world, as well as fellow travelers who you already have something in common with. If you’re open to it, you will walk away from every travel situation with a handful of new connections, and maybe even some lifelong friends.
“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop
If you know what wanderlust feels like, you’ve probably already traveled enough to know that this one is a no-brainer. No matter what your budget is or where you’re headed, getting out there and experiencing all of the adventure the world has to offer is exciting and exhilarating.