The benefits of travelling while you’re young are almost endless. As a very shy introvert I can honestly say nothing has made me grow more than being a traveller.
Before I was scared to ask questions, order my food, make small talk, all that normal people stuff. Travelling helps you with that. Sometimes you don’t have a choice but to ask “what time does the train leave?” or “is there meat in this?” because you can’t read the menu. Yes I am still shy and rather keep to myself but I am more confident in what I say and what I want in life. I am not a picky eater anymore (besides celery) and I can make my way through any airport and can figure out how a cities grid works. I can get myself to point A to B and can manage my time so I’m not sprinting for airplanes.
I have learned many lessons since I started travelling and while I don’t know everything and am still learning and growing this is how travelling has benefited me.
You will gain independence, because no on is going to make the decisions for you
You learn time management, so you’re not running for all those trains and planes
You become a budgeting master, so you can afford a place to sleep and still get that gelato you spotted a block back. Lucky you
You are likelier to be risky, because a little adventure never hurt
You’ll be more open to trying new things, and have great stories to tell when you get home
You’ll learn to open up, because it doesn’t hurt to ask for directions
You will make new friends, and share their story around the world
You’ll be more confident, and from there find where your passion lies
You’ll be more open minded and cultured, because you can’t learn everything about people from a text book
You will be humbler, because we’re all just small fish in a big crazy world
You will grow more everyday, and become the person you were born to be
You will appreciate the simplicity of doing nothing, because time enjoyed isn’t time wasted
You will learn to love yourself, because great things happen when you love yourself first
You understand you aren’t promised tomorrow, so make every minute
“You don’t know what your future
holds. Don’t wait till your 65 to start
How has travelling benefited you? Have you gained some important lessons while travelling? Share your thoughts below!