If you’ve followed this blog for a while you’ll know that travel plays a major part in my life. I’ve been travelling around the world for well over 10 years now and I don’t intend on slowing down anytime soon.
I firmly believe that travel is one of the best things people can do because it has so many huge benefits. For me personally, I was living the 9-5 life stuck in a constant routine with not much to look forward to apart from the weekend. Back then that didn’t seem so bad but as soon as longterm travel entered my life I can’t imagine a year going by when I don’t travel for at least 25% of the year.
If you read the stories on this blog you’ll see some of the amazing adventures I’ve been on, the crazy tales I have to tell and the awesome places I’ve been lucky enough to visit. There are plenty more stories to come and I can’t wait to share them with you all.
So why do I travel for at least 3 months a year and why do I think we should all do the same? Here are 3 reasons why.
Clear Your Mind
In this day and age we’re all rushing around with barely anytime to ourselves. Travelling offers the perfect escape from the hectic lifestyle, you get to disconnect and focus on yourself. You’d be so surprised with the positive effect it has – I always come back with a new lease of life and ready to work harder than ever before. Life is short, it is important to invest in yourself and there’s no better way to do that than traveling for at least 3 months a year.
Meet New People
I have made countless new friends when traveling around the world. They are more often than not some of the coolest people I’ve met and end up being life long friends. They have the same mindset as me – travel is important. It has helped me discover new places because these new found friends will be planning future trips and invited me along. I have now done trips around India and west Africa with people I’ve met on the road. You also get to meet really interesting people who will teach you many new things.
Experience Different Cultures
Never stepping outside your comfort zone will guarantee you don’t grow or learn new things. The world is a big place, made smaller by fast air travel, with plenty of different cultures to experience. The best things I have learnt from new cultures is the value of things and how to deal with certain problems. I used to get really stressed about the smallest things but after doing lots of volunteer trips I learned not to stress about the small things, instead I should value what I have. This is possibly the biggest takeaway anyone can get from travel.
People put up many barriers and give lots of excuses about why they can’t travel for such a long time each year, trust me when I say that it’s more than possible. I’ll be writing a new blog post soon about how we can all afford it, how to budget for your trips and all the other motivation you need to hit the road each year for three months.