More and more, there’s one classic saying that seems to continually ring true: variety is the spice of life. The world has a lot to offer, from different cultures and cuisines to amazing landscapes and amazing cities that make you wish you could stay forever. As much as the world can seem small given our mass population and the knowledge that we’re fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe, it’s still much bigger than we often give it credit for. Rather than be shut off in one little nook of it forever, it’s incredibly important to travel and see as much of the world as possible to truly get a sense for just how sprawling and impressive it really is.
Your worldview can be very closed off if you never see more than your own country, state, or even town. Unfortunately, that happens with a lot more people than you’d think. That sort of experience will only allow you to be sold short on just how much the world has to offer. Think of it this way: what if you only ever got to draw with a single color crayon rather than having access to the entire box? Where’s the fun in that? That old saying about variety just keeps creeping back into relevance.
Of course, you’re probably plenty comfortable with what you know. That’s only natural. In fact, some people don’t even want to travel or experience other cultures at all. No one is forcing you to, but having an open mind is always better when it comes to living a more fulfilled life! As long as it’s not something crazy, harmful, or illegal, trying new things is one of the best ways to enlighten yourself and have fun experiences you weren’t aware of before.
Besides, traveling is like a whole hobby unto itself. There’s so much that can be done and enjoyed alongside it. Not only will you be taking in all kinds of new sights and sounds and enjoying all of the crazy roadside attractions and tourist spots, you can also create travel journals, complete with photo and video. These days, we’re all so social media based anyway. Just think of how many “likes” your Facebook profile will get if you have all kinds of awesome scenery from across the globe to post? You might even make a couple of your friends jealous. And you know what? Next time you go somewhere else you can bring them along!
Traveling is also a sure way to rid yourself of boredom. Life can get pretty monotonous at times, especially as we settle into routines where every single day starts to blend into the next. It’s incredibly frustrating at times. Rather than stick to the same old thing you always do, why not get out and see someplace you’ve never gone to before? That’s one of the biggest reasons why vacations are so popular. It’s a fantastic means of escaping the doldrums of the daily routine.
There are money concerns keeping a lot of people at bay when it comes to traveling. While it is unfortunate that a lot of the world can’t be experienced carte blanche since you’ll need quite a bit of money to afford all of the travel arrangements, you can still put the same principle into practice on a smaller scale for considerably less money. More than likely, there are parts of your own town you never really check out. There are likely restaurants, antique stores, and other wonderful staples that make the character of your town unique that you may have never been to before. Even if you do know your hometown inside and out, perhaps the next one over will hold something new. Traveling isn’t restricted to expensive journeys by any means.
A lot of times when people begin to travel more, they also achieve a new sense of clarity. As you see more of the world and how it works, you might feel as if your own problems aren’t quite as big as you thought. You may even stumble across something that leads you to what your true calling in life is, be it a particular place you want to live or perhaps a cause you want to dedicate yourself to. It happens all the time while traveling abroad. It’s amazing to think how one trip might be able to change you and your trajectory for the better.
In the end, the importance of travel can not possibly be championed enough. It allows you to garner a much more well-rounded appreciation of the world around you. If nothing else, it’s also just incredibly fun! If life is all about seizing moments and trying to get the most out of what time we have, missing out on the opportunity to get out and see what the world really has to offer would truly be a tragedy. If you have the means, get out and go on whatever adventure you can. You’re almost certain to come back with a fantastic story to tell!