This is not about business trips vacations or travel influencers, this is about the real kind of traveling where you go on adventures, try out new things, and immerse yourself in new cultures.
Alright let’s get started
01. Feeling like a kid again
While traveling you don’t really have any responsibilities besides yourself. The only thing which you need to take care of is food and a place to sleep. So that’s not difficult, right? This means you don’t have any obligations and you don’t have any expectations from other people. It gives you a kind of mental freedom that you can rarely find in this modern world.
You don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow and every day is a new adventure. And to be honest it makes you really feel like a kid again.
You are spontaneous about the things you do, you really just do whatever you feel like no matter if it’s showering under the highest waterfall, playing with cute little puppies or kittens, messing around with the local kids, dancing, or pretending to be Superman.
Traveling is like a firework of emotions and there are just so many different things that spark your interest that it feels like time is flying by just as it did in your childhood. You get curious again and you just start to be excited about the little things in life.
02. Escaping the bubble
We all live in our own little bubbles no matter if you live in New York City, in London, or in a small Indian village. Every place in this world has its own set of rules and standards, values and beliefs, a perception of what it means to live, a good life. There are specific guidelines like how you should eat, dress, or behaves and there’s a specific mentality that you should follow if you don’t want to be an outsider. Sometimes these guidelines lead you to depression.
Traveling forces you to escape that bubble.
The best thing out of it is a lot of hitchhiking and couch surfing. For all of you who don’t know, couch surfing is like an app that lets you connect with locals. So you can sleep at their homes and you can travel together with them. It’s not only a cheap way to travel but you also learn the most about the country.
You really experience new cultures, instead of just reading about them in books or watching documentaries. You eat their food, see how they live, learn about their work, witness what they believe in, and get an overall insight into their perspective on life.
When you walk through the streets and you see people who have absolutely nothing but still they are so happy and they always shave a smile on their faces. Then you really start to rethink your values like, why do I always get so mad about those things? and why can I never really have enough of anything? Yeah, you just really see a change in your mindsets. Overall traveling widens your horizon and you start to see the world in its entirety, instead of just your small bubble.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – Augustine of Hippo
Even though this quote sounds cheesy as hell, it sums up the point I’m trying to make pretty well.
Discover your True self
Traveling gives you the perfect conditions to discover your true self. You have to be minimalistic because you can only take a few things with you in your backpack. And this teaches you what things you really need to have in your life.
Another point is nobody knows you. So nobody judges your character or your look and everybody just takes you as you come because they don’t know what you’ve been like before. Nobody seems to care about your weird hairstyle and so you can just really be yourself and you don’t have to put on any filters to make yourself look good for other people because they just know you this way.
You meet new people all the time and you have deep conversations about topics that matter to you. Like back at home 80% of the conversations are about superficial topics but while traveling everybody is on the same journey where they just want to discover new things about themselves and everybody wants to learn from each other.
Time to Think
Another thing that comes with traveling is time you have a lot of time to think and make healthy decisions. Probably the most important point is that traveling forces you to get out of your comfort zone and you have to face a lot of challenges along the way which a lot of times aren’t really fun.
Yeah, it sucks if you have a flat tire or if it starts to rain while you’re on your motorbike but these are the situations where you learn the most about yourself. You see how you react in those situations and you also reflect on yourself how you can improve to handle those situations better the next time.
So all of these extraordinary conditions that are just mentioned in combination with point one and two gives you freedom of mind while pushing you to the edge and this is the best environment to discover your true self. With all these experiences you will build a strong set of values that you can live by.
You’ll discover what’s important to you, what drives you, which people you want to spend time with, and what it takes for you to live a happy life.
Due to the current situation with coronavirus right now is probably the worst time to travel. And probably some of you guys already had to cancel your trips. Don’t be mad about it because in the upcoming years there will still be time for you to do it.
obviously, it’s amazing to see all of these stunning landscapes and sometimes to grab a drink and to go partying. But the coolest thing is to see yourself changing, to see yourself evolving.
And every one of us should travel alone at least once in our life.