Travel can be fun, especially when your travel is for a vacation, possibly using a luxury travel package. And while safe stays in luxury hotels while using all the wonderful amenities can be exciting, relaxing and fulfilling, there are a other things you can learn about yourself when you travel, other areas of fulfillment you can find.
Here are 5 things you can learn from traveling:
1. Learn Who You REALLY Are
We all have these ideas in our heads about how our trip is going to go. We imagine good conversation while traveling, we imagine getting to our destinations on time, we imagine all the fun we’re going to have. But rarely do we imagine all the things that could go wrong. Travel isn’t perfect. Even the most detailed travel planning cannot account for every single unexpected occurrence that may pop up in your travel plans. Sometimes the travel route you chose is closed and you have to detour. Sometimes your plane is late, or even cancelled. Sometimes the hotel is overbooked. These things happen to all of us at some point. But how do you react when these things happen? Do you lose your temper and wish that you had never left the house? Do you curl up in a ball and wait for someone else to solve the problem, or for it to blow over on its own? Or do you go to work finding a solution, realizing that while things may not always go perfectly according to travel plans, there are many different ways of overcoming any travel related obstacle? You can’t stop unexpected things from happening on your travels. But you CAN control how you react to these things, and how you solve the issues.
2. Get a New Perspective
We all have a set way of doing things and a way of thinking that we’re used to. Sometimes that way of thinking and doing things needs to be challenged to help us grow. Traveling to foreign lands and exotic cultures can provide just such a challenge. All the problems we think we may face at home may seem small in comparison to the day to day struggles that some of the people we meet face to face while traveling. Learning new customs while traveling can provide a tremendous amount of perspective alteration. For example, are you doing something while eating, or using hand gestures that people around you in other countries find insulting? Be willing to let go of a strict way of thinking, and allow the perspectives of others to expand your view of the world.
3. Learn to Overcome Challenges
While traveling to other countries, you can expect challenges that are outside of your daily life. Going to the corner market for a gallon of milk, or finding a public restroom is easy to do at home. But when you’re in a foreign land, you might find that what was easy before, is a little more difficult. Take time to learn your surroundings and familiarize yourself with the customs of the country you’re in. Realize that communication may not always be easy, but that you CAN bridge these gaps with a little patience and forethought.
4. Learn the REAL Value of Travel
The cost of your luxury vacation isn’t always going to equate to the value you gain from your travels. While it’s nice being able to eat at the finest restaurants and stay in the most luxurious beds, you may find that overcoming the challenges of travel, changing your perspective, learning a new culture and growing into a more creative, capable person provides a value that you weren’t even expecting. The journey of self growth that you can achieve through travel can provide a value that far exceeds any cost of a luxury travel package.
5. Variety Makes Life Rich
Sometimes you get bored. We all do. Same people, same setting, same routine…it can really begin to feel like a boring, monotonous merry-go-round. Travel changes all that. Travel gives you a new place, new surroundings, new people and an opportunity to find your bearings all over again. Just imagine seeing brand new landscapes, new architecture, new foods, meeting new people, learning new customs. While some people may shy away from this kind disruption in their daily routine, true travelers understand and even crave this kind of variety.
Travel isn’t just for fun or relaxation. If you’re open to it, you will find that travel can allow you to experience a type of self growth that you never knew was possible. Every time you travel, you will learn something new, see something new. So take some time and start planning a break from your routine life now, pick a destination, and just go!