1. Traveling frees you from anything and everything that is keeping you back.
When you travel, you begin to believe that “the possibilities are unlimited.” While you’re away, you can go wherever you want, chat to anyone, eat anything you want, and do whatever you want. With almost no responsibilities and being surrounded by new things, the sky is your only limit.
2. Traveling makes you unconcerned about what others think of your actions or appearance.
There is no need to attend any meetings or appointments. There’s no way you’ll run into someone you know. And, for some reason, the assumption that you will most likely never see somebody you know cross your path grows stronger when you are in a different country or city than your home. When I’m overseas, the last thing on my mind is how others perceive me.
The fact that you only get to spend a few days or even months in one place forces you to recognise that every day – nay, every moment – counts. You begin to understand that once a moment is gone, it will never return, so you make the most of each and every one of them.
4. Traveling teaches you to let go.
If you ever sit and reflect on the past while travelling, you will do it with a more tranquil and forgiving mindset. There’s something about getting away from home (even if it’s just to a nearby city) that makes all your negative memories and misfortunes seem less significant.
This is a direct effect of the preceding point. When you let go of the bad parts of your history, you let go of a lot of anger with it. On the other side, seeing so many different people and hearing languages other than your native tongue makes you ten times more open-minded every time you leave your hometown.
6. Traveling teaches you to appreciate the small things.
You learn to recognise beauty everywhere you go, in everything and everyone that crosses your path, whether it’s a cup of gelato or a fully blossomed rose.
7. Traveling teaches you humility.
Traveling allows you to properly appreciate how vast the earth is. And something about that knowledge makes you feel little, but in the greatest way conceivable. That teaches you that no matter how brilliant, wealthy, or powerful you believe you are, there will always be a power much larger and more powerful than you.
8. Traveling makes you realise that it’s okay to get lost every now and again.
When I travel, I constantly get lost and, to be honest, I have always enjoyed it. Because it not only teaches me to think on my feet, but it also teaches me to let go of my predetermined ideas and simply immerse myself in my environment.
9. Travel teaches acceptance.
When you’re away from home, your political viewpoints and strong beliefs on every problem on the planet seem useless and inconsequential. Not in a dismissive way, but in a way that teaches you that you can be wrong sometimes and right other times, but most of the time there is no wrong or right. Finally, they are all simply opinions, and we are all entitled to them.
10. Travel teaches you how to be a gracious host.
As a guiding concept, you must first be a nice guest. Otherwise, you’d spend the rest of your life teaching, irritating, and perplexing people while learning nothing. There isn’t much to say here. The man has stated everything.
11. Travel pushes you out of your comfort zone.
When you travel, you actually surprise yourself. You speak a different language (or try to), talk to strangers, eat an unfamiliar meal, bungee jump, and you accomplish all of this in a matter of days. Tell me how many days, months, or even years it takes you to push yourself while stationed in your hometown.
12. Traveling helps you get to know yourself better.
Being away from familiar people and locations allows you to reflect on how you truly are and what you truly enjoy doing. When no one expects you to act a specific way, you suddenly discover that you can be anything or anybody you want to be.
13. Traveling trains you to be adaptable.
Nothing teaches you more about adaptability than travel. The number of street names you must remember, adjusting to the working hours/days of everything around you, and understanding that some conduct you are accustomed to may not be accepted where you are, or vice versa, will force you to adapt to each situation you experience in your life in a split second.
14. Traveling makes you love your home more.
Without a doubt, every time I go and return, it saddens me to see Egypt being so distant from the country that every Egyptian dreams of becoming one day. However, if I had never been to a city where everything closes at 8 p.m., I would not have appreciated the fact that everything here stays open until 2 a.m.
I would never have appreciated the massive plate of koshary that only costs 6 LE and on which I could survive for a whole day if I had never travelled to a city where I spend 30 Euro on food every day. Home has both good and negative aspects, and while I usually lament the terrible when I return, I also enjoy the good.
15. Traveling teaches you how to communicate with real smiles and friendly eyes.
The most valuable of all languages.