How Travel Can Change The Way You See The World
You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We’re amazing people
The world is a big and beautiful place despite the horrific events we witness every day. It is all to easy to be afraid and put off of traveling around the world when you see tragedy on the news every single day. Despite the fear we may experience there are so many reasons to keep exploring the world. Today’s post is going to be all about how travel can change the way you see the world. I spoke to some fellow travel bloggers who contributed their experiences and quotes as well.
Travel Encourages a Grateful Heart
Whenever I return from a trip I constantly feel filled with Gratitude. “One trip that stands out is my trip to India where I truly experienced poverty for the first time, but at the same time it also taught me that material possessions are not what makes happiness. Our guide gave us a tour of a friend’s apartment and it was amazing. It was smaller than my kitchen and home to a family of 4. Everything was optimized for space and they had nice (but tiny) appliances and even a flat screen T.V hanging on the wall. They slept in loft beds that they pulled down from the ceiling and they shared a bathroom down the hall with the entire building. They were so welcoming and so proud of their home. It was clear they were happy and satisfied with their lives. It was truly inspirational.
I came home from that trip knowing that happiness is more about loving the ones you are with and seeking contentment then it is having the nicest house or the best car.” – Jessica Covington from Magnetsfromeverywhere
Travel Fights off Discrimination and ignorance
When you are forced out of your comfort zone. You will begin to see the world in a brand new light. You get to expand your worldview and change the way you see not only the world, but the people in it. Travel fights off discrimination and ignorance, and gets you out of your head. The experiences you have when you are away can help you to gain a new perspective.
“How could I not be changed when I see a different part of the world? When I see kids running down the street in old flip flops. When I see people come together from different countries and have a dance party. How I can be with a new group of people for only a few days, and it feels we’ve known each other forever. I realize that we are just one, big, crazy world. We are crazy, but we are one.” – Jennifer Richardson from Jennyisfree
There Are Still Good People
Despite thee negativity and destruction that prevails in are world today. There is still hope and most people are still really good. When you travel you notice how true this really is when you talk to the locals. It is all too easy to live in fear especially with the recent tragedies, but you can’t let terror and fear discourage you from traveling.
The majority of the people in the world truly just want to go throughout their day, and live a peaceful life. Travel helps you to discover this and see the way most people love and care about the world.
I love to travel for so many reasons. It makes me appreciate my life so much more. Not only that but it also lets me see amazing places and meet awesome people. All this while growing as a person and learning about life and how many kind people that are out there. A smile can solve most problems and everyone can understand a hug. – Stefan Ekström from Steftravels
Experiences Are Priceless
Yes, although travel does cost the valuable experiences we make whether alone or with loved ones well those are priceless. Don’t let fear hold you back from making precious experiences. Choose instead to keep traveling the world, visiting beautiful places, and respecting people and their culture.
“I think when we travel, especially internationally, we get so hung up on seeing everything we possibly can that we miss the little things that make traveling so great. I went to Cusco, Peru last year and got lost waking though town square during a lunar eclipse. It was so magical and unexpected. I got to watch this rare phenomenon with hundreds of strangers who I would normally have no way or reason to connect with. That isn’t something you can plan, sometimes you just got to go with the flow!” – Bridget Roddy from Blackjeansandburritos
How has travel changed the way you see the world? Comment below!