Can traveling change you? Can it change the way you think, feel, listen, and go through your daily motions? The short answer is, yes. It’s entirely possible that it can. When we decide to do something out of the ordinary and risk coming out of our comfort zones, we’re also deciding to change up how we interact with the world. Traveling can be hard work, it can be frustrating, even downright disastrous. But more often than not, it can be transformative. It can act as a reminder of why we’re here, let us tap into the beauty that lives in spaces we sometimes forget exist outside of our own, and remind us to be present whenever possible.
More Living in the Moment
It doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling to see a far off country, or experiencing a quaint little town on your own. Traveling is a feast for your senses! It’s something different to be experienced. It’s easy to realize just how much we don’t recognize in our everyday lives when we’re traveling and entranced by something new or different. We’re quicker to stop and live in the moment rather than to move right past it. It’s easier to not dwell on those notifications on your phone when you’re out looking at new sites. Traveling helps us unplug from the devices we feel most attached to, and it teaches us to explore ourselves as much as the sites we’re seeing.
Challenging Your Expectations
Traveling doesn’t always go as planned, and because of this, we have a chance to see how we’d react first hand to change and the unexpected. Everyone has that one story about a delayed, or canceled flight. A horror story about losing their luggage, or getting lost in a far away city. These stories should teach us to travel wiser, and be prepared for anything, but what they often do is discourage us from travelling at all. No one wants to be stuck in an airport for 12 hours straight, but the sooner we realize that this is just another experience to broaden ourselves, and the sooner we roll with the punches, the sooner we’ll come to accept the travel challenges we might face head-on.
Learning how to stay calm in the face of major frustration is possibly one of the most important skills we can use outside of travel. Dealing with that lost luggage, or cancelled flight is no different than dealing with any annoying situation that life might throw your way. Being able to handle the hand you’re dealt is invaluable, and you’ll definitely acquire the “I can handle this” attitude the more you just get up and go.
Don’t stop yourself from enjoying your life because something might go wrong. Traveling can help you stop worrying that things can go wrong, and plans can and will change. We can’t let ourselves be overburdened by what might happen when what is happening is right in front of us.
Opening Yourself Up to a Life That’s Different Than Your Own
No country is absolutely the same, even traveling from city to city can allow you to encounter different cultures, belief systems, and ways of life. Ultimately traveling is a privilege, and we can use it to better ourselves by learning how to properly appreciate and experience the spaces we’re visiting. This can help us change our outlooks on everyday too. We don’t have to travel across the world to gain this understanding, but using that privilege to take a step out of your comfort zone and into a space that’s not normal to you, in a respectful way, can change the way you live your everyday life.
Traveling with confidence?
For most people, there is some level of anxiety when traveling. Let’s face it, if you’re traveling beyond your normal boundaries, there’s bound to be as much anxiety as there is excitement. But for those who’s anxieties are overwhelming, traveling may seem out of the question. Although it might not be as easy as buying that plane ticket to a place you’ve always wanted to see, allowing yourself to work through those anxieties will help you overcome the ones you’re experiencing at home, as well.
If you don’t feel comfortable traveling thousands of miles away just yet, make the trip close, short, and sweet. Travel with a goal in mind. Have a purpose to travel—whether it’s to see a specific site, or eat a particular food—have one or two simple plans that you know you want to accomplish before your trip is done.
Can It Change You?
So, can traveling really change your life, your outlook, even your mindset? Yes! If you let it, of course. Getting out of your comfort zone and seeking out new experiences can be transformative for your life. It can change the way you look at those around you, the beauty of the world in which we live in, and what we expect from ourselves. After all, traveling can give us the time we might not otherwise have to really get to know ourselves, and that’s a worthwhile pursuit.