‘Travelling’ can have a number of shades to it…in fact it can be of various hues too. It doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing to everybody. For some it may mean going on an action packed trip to Vegas, the adventure freaks might opt for spelunking the Sonoran caves, the mountaineering folk may have their own definitions …or it would rather not have a definition if you choose to go for a quiet vacation to Prague or just laze around in the sun at Maldives.
If you ask me, I’d say travelling is like igniting a fire that warms you up with a new zeal that keeps you going for a long time. That said, here are a few reasons why you should travel!
1) Gives You a Break From the Monotony And Routine
While our busy schedules keep us on our toes round the clock, day in and day out, vacations break the monotony as we gear up to explore the unknown!
2) Helps You rediscover yourself or discover a new side of you!
As you unearth new places, you never know when you could stumble upon something that inspires you, influences you or touches you in such a way that you unearth a part of yourself, along the way…a part that was buried deep down, or whose existence you didn’t even know.
3) Cleans the glasses through which you look at the world
Over a period of time, we develop certain paradigms, and start looking at everything in the world with that perspective. When we travel, we come across so many new situations and circumstances that don’t fall within our preconceived chalked out lines of the world…it’s then, that we realize that maybe, just maybe…we had it wrong from the start.
4) Boosts your ego
Are words really necessary to describe the exuberant feeling of triumph after you have managed to complete the ten mile hike, rafted across the turbulent river, or just managed to set up the tent after hours of struggle? I think not. These accomplishments sure leave us bragging about them for a while!
Vacations are like a pre sanctioned license to go on a shopping spree. Souvenirs, mementos…and clothes of course, are temptations you can indulge in, without any guilt when you are on a vacation.
6) Opens a window to the past
It is quite an awe inspiring experience to visit places of historical heritage. The construction of the Pyramids, the magnificence of the Taj Mahal, the grandeur of the Rajput forts or the intricate carvings in the South Indian temples sure make you want to stop and marvel at the abundance of creativity and artistry .
7) Gives an Insight of various cultures, people and their lifestyle
As you set out of your little world, into the real world, you realise there is so much more to it than you could have ever imagined. It is worth pondering as to how such varied cultures, customs and traditions can co exist in perfect harmony, don’t you think?
8) Lets you enjoy the world, in a platter!
For all the foodies out there…there’s just no guessing what might show up on your platter when you are on a vacation. It’s your time to go on a ‘see’ food diet…try all that you see (Centipedes in Zimbabwe, squirrels in Thailand or lizards in China, if you have the stomach for it!).
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9) Gives you some ME time.
Travelling gives you enough time to spend with yourself, to probe a little more into your dreams and desires. To rediscover what in life really matters the most to you. It is truly said, the further you go, the closer you get to yourself.
I think at least once in a lifetime a person should pack their bags and set out with the only person who stays by your side through each step of life, yourself! Find out how travelling can be stress free
10) You get to see new places
Well, duh. That’s why we all travel in the first place!
As St. Augustine says, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” And wouldn’t that be such a shame, especially when the book is such a riveting one?