Reasons Why You Should Become a Traveller
There are so many people that watch other people on social media posting about their awesome trips, but they don’t dare to make this step themselves. Why? The main reason is because they are scared. Because they fear the unknown and they do not even realize all the good things that come with it.
There is a short list that came to my mind a few days before flying to Paphos, Cyprus. These ideas came to me in the form of the things that I am grateful about. Hope it will inspire you either if you are afraid or already an enthusiast traveller.
1. You learn to disconnect
When travelling you usually find yourself in one of the 2 situations:
- you either have no way to access your phone (no battery, no internet, no credit etc) or
- you either travel alone (or with people that you don’t know yet).
These things may seem scary, but you need to take some steps away from the people you already know from time to time. This will help anyone to rediscover themselves and miss their loved ones and gain more appreciation for their presence in their life.
2. Being more accepting with others
As presented in the first point of this list, you may sometimes travel without any of your acquaintances. While this might feel lonely, you should always remember that every stranger is a friend that you haven’t met yet. In my examples, I have chosen many times to stay in hostels while travelling in order to spend as less money as possible; this meant I had to stay in a room with minimum 3 other girls or boys. In a room where you have to share a single small bathroom and the breathing space with 3 other human being you don’t even know, you learn a lot about respecting other people’s habits and differences.
However, if a hostel seems too much for you, think that you can meet new people everywhere (events, concerts, bars, your new tour guide etc.); and when it comes to a solo travel, you will want the company.
3. Money & how to care less about it
If you get to the level where travelling becomes an addiction, you will have another appreciation for your money. Travellers do a lot of sacrifices to go to new places, because they are not always the richest people you know. They are sometimes students or people who are just at the beginning of their career. However, this never stops them.
They will make sacrifices like not going out every weekend with their friends or cutting other pleasant activities from their day to day schedule. They will search the low-cost airplanes which do not always have the best conditions. They will sleep in hostels with more people in their room than the number of their friends. But they will make new friends and they will support all the bad conditions because they know they cannot afford more.
When the wish to see a new place, to disconnect, to find yourself, is bigger than any other wish, your money will no longer feel important. They will no longer be the paper that buys you physical stuff and they will become a way to buy the experiences you need to grow.
Finally, they could be the thing that people always say that they are not: a way to buy your happiness.
The most important reason to become a traveller and maybe the reason why most of us started doing it in the first place is learning. Travelling has a unique way of showing different life lessons. It will teach you about cultures, food, religion, music and a lot of other things.
But what it offers you in comparison with your usual studying way is the fact that it lets you choose what you learn. You are in charge of the process and you will select the way you want to be shaped by the knowledge.
New countries will offer you things that you might never have in your own country. You go to certain countries for better food or for scuba diving. You can go see animals that the climate from your birth country does not allow to properly live. You could watch the practice of other religions or go to the sea side when in your country are -10 degrees. The number of possibilities is infinite and maybe this is why travellers will have more topics of discussion than other people.
The list can go on and it does go on in my head. I can talk about why I am a traveller myself for hours or to write about it in thousands of words. I do, however, know the issues and the drawbacks.
They have never stopped me: money come and go; I cannot be afraid of every potential dangerous person in my way, especially because not all people are the same; a messy room will not be the end of the world. Every bad moment that I had during my trips was overcame by the thought of the spiritual gain that I will have in the end.
I do hope that you will, at least one time, have the courage to do it as well and maybe join our group of friends who still waits to meet somewhere on this beautiful home of ours called Earth.
My name is Abigail and I am no writer. I am a traveller at soul and this is the main thing I choose to do to both heal and have fun. I am currently on my journey to finish all of Europe’s countries, with only a few countries left. After that I would love to go in the search of new cultures on other continents as well, but I am taking it one country at a time.