Every day we find out about new people who decided to quit their jobs and travel around the world — it’s always fascinating! When you stop to research and understand what makes someone take the leap of faith, you get surprised.
If you’re reading this article, I’d argue you’re seriously considering doing the same thing and just need that extra nudge! Well, I’m glad to say there are endless reasons for people to take the plunge and start traveling full-time, but I chose the most common ones to pique your interest.
Here they are:
1. Meet new people
I’m pretty sure you can meet people where you live, but they’re likely to be fellow countrymen enjoying a similar culture. The exciting thing about meeting people while traveling is that they come from everywhere! These people have completely different backgrounds, probably have a different mother tongue and will connect with you in unique ways.
2. Reassess your career
Sometimes we stop to look at our lives and though they’re not bad, they might not be what we dreamed of. If you’re constantly thinking that you should be working in another industry, maybe you really should! It’s not uncommon to see people coming back from a long trip changing the path of their careers. It might be the perfect time to do just that.
3. Absorb world history and art
Were you ever a history addict? Did you use to imagine how the Mayans lived? Or the Romans? Is it your dream to see Picasso’s paintings?
I cannot explain how I felt when I first saw the Mona Lisa or walked through the ruins of Machu Picchu. Most of what you learned at school/college is still out there. And if you really want to, you can see it with your own eyes!
4. Learn foreign languages
It’s one thing to learn Spanish twice a week in your hometown – hopefully with the help of a Spanish teacher. But it’s a completely different experience to do it living in Barcelona for six months! When you truly live the language every day, not only do you learn a lot faster, but you also get deep insight into its intricacies.
5. Explore different cultures
I believe this is one of the main reasons why people travel. Maybe you’ve always wanted to get a ride in a tuk-tuk in Thailand. Or really understand how people live in the Amazon. Or you heard about the Berber tribes in Morocco and decided you want to experience that. The world is vast and there’s no better way to learn about it than exploring it yourself.
6. Get a new perspective
Have you ever had that friend who was richer and could afford anything? And because of that, you felt poor? Have you complained when you had to wait for that dentist appointment? When you travel, you often see how lucky you are. When you see happy people living in mud huts, you realize you’re not poor at all. When you see people who don’t even have access to proper health clinics, you tend to be grateful for your life back home.
7. Learn more about yourself
Sometimes you act in a specific way because you’re constrained by your environment — people expect “you to be you.” When you’re visiting a new country by yourself, no one knows you and you literally can be whomever you want to be! So if you’ve always considered yourself shy, for instance, you could potentially be very outgoing given the right setting.
8. Take a break
Are you stuck in a crazy 70-hour week job? Or maybe your partner is having a hard time accepting that you need some time for yourself? It doesn’t matter the reason — sometimes we just need a break.
Traveling can be a great way to empty your mind of concerns. For a period, you just focus on enjoying yourself and it’s easier to see past the daily fog.
9. Improve your health
Every now and then we disconnect from our bodies and minds and it can hurt us. It’s very common for people to go on 10-day meditation retreats or attend a yoga course in India for three months. Sometimes your body needs to “reset,” you need to set your priorities straight so you can and exercise properly once you get home.
10. Study abroad
Whether you’re on an exchange program for six months, a master’s for a year or just learning a new language, you’ll love it! When you move to a new country, everything can be different and you’re challenged every day. It’s great to experience new teaching formats and at the same time delve into a new culture.
11. Be one with nature
Sometimes you need more than just having a picnic at your local park. Traveling is the perfect opportunity to enjoy nature to its fullest. You could spend some time in Organic Farms in New Zealand, see wild animals in the Amazon or even explore the vastness of Salar de Uyuni. There’s plenty of untouched beauty for you out there!
Do you have skills that could potentially help other people? You don’t think so? Several poor communities and young children all over the world might need support right now. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a skilled carpenter, a great swimmer or know how to care for wild animals, I’m sure you’ll find a program for you.
13. You’re still young
If you compare how the older generation travels with how the youngsters do it, you’ll see that the interests vary wildly. That’s not a bad thing though! But you have to take into consideration that you’re more likely to risk a lot more when you’re young. You probably care less about comfort, you’ll go skydiving and most importantly, you heal from hangovers faster!