Not such a long time ago traveling wasn’t that popular. Not because no one wanted to travel. I am sure at least some of you dreamed about a life full of adventures after reading books written by Jules Verne, Alexandre Dumas, Daniel Defoe and many others. The thing is there wasn’t such a variety of plans, cars, cruise ships, travel agencies, hotels and hostels. Some centuries ago traveling was equal to torment. It always was a long, hard and dangerous thing to do, which cost a lot of money and nerves. The word “traveling” originally comes from Middle English “travailen”, which actually means torment, labor, strive… So, may be traveling is still a torment, as you have to spend money (and, let’s be clear. Usually it is not a small amount), study strange local traditions, sometimes languages, spend a lot of time planning everything and so on and so forth?
I thought about the main reasons why I travel and here they are:
1) Travelling pushes you out of your comfort zone
Yes, everyone right now is talking about getting out of comfort zone, but it’s incredibly important. Staying at home is good. You will never get into trouble, make a mistake in your route, wipe your feet, get robbed…At the same time, you will never learn anything new. I suppose other travelers will agree with me, as it’s an amazing feeling, when you are absolutely exhausted return back to your small room in a hotel, knowing that today you have walked about 30 kilometers, saw a lot of great places of interest, talked with wonderful local people, took a lot of photos, tasted some unusual local foods…
2) Travelling makes you happier
Right, that simple. Last year I was a little bit lost. I had a very hard semester in university, which finished with lots of exams and works to pass. For some time, life has become an endless series of studying and revising. I was a little bit depressed, as seemed that life doesn’t have any bright colors. However, as soon as I ended with everything, I went to Portugal which proved that life is colors. While traveling you understand, that so many things are happening every day and everywhere. Life simply never stops.
3) Travelling is always fun
“When we were in Greece, we got into a very funny situation…” that’s the way the coolest stories start. Who will deny that traveling is not only a way to broaden your mind, but also a time to get some unforgettable memories about doing something comical? Usually while traveling you hit on something funny or get into a ridiculous situation.
4) Travelling pushes you to think, discover and learn
Let’s get back to my trip to Portugal, as when I returned home I really missed beautiful Portuguese language around me. I still dream about learning it, and I hope one day… Besides, you will be absolutely curious about the history of Hagia Sophia and would like to know how deep Lake Baikal is when you see it with your own eyes. Moreover, adventures teach you how to navigate the terrain, bargain on the local markets, get what you really (really-really) want and so on.
5) Travelling proves that dreams really come true
Traveling lets you visit any place you have been dreaming to see, meet new friends who share your interests, get inspired to start your own business, find a love of your life and proves that you actually can do whatever you have always dreamed about.
So, is traveling hard? It may be. Is traveling worth it? Absolutely. Only because of traveling people discovered Siberia, Australia, and America. Due to incredible curiosity, due to the spirit of adventures we do our best to get on the other part of the world and learn more about life.