“Travel sparks our imagination. Feeds our curiosity & reminds us how much we all have in common.” – Deborah Lloyd
Let’s face it. There’s always someone in our lives who doesn’t understand our love for traveling.
When I book a trip and tell my family and friends about it, the most common response is “there she goes again. Aren’t you tired of traveling? Isn’t it time to tame the travel bug and start settling down and saving some money.”
Hell no! There is so much to see and explore in the world. This is what gets me off! The love for seeing new places run through my blood. I think I inherited this trait from my dad.
Needless to say, not everyone will get this.
We all have different values and priorities and we all have a right to choose what we want to do more of and focus on in life. There is no doubt I will always interweave traveling into my lifestyle. It’s played a formative part of my life.
Through the adventures and the people I’ve encountered, it has helped me grow and learn about who I am, what’s important to me and what’s possible in life.
As our world continues to globalize exponentially, I believe traveling is one of the best investments we can make in life. It is a vehicle to help us diversify our experiences, build self-awareness and enhance our adaptability muscle to continue to thrive in our global environment.
Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
Adaptability is a sought after job skill!
Google. The company recognizes the value and importance of diversity. They have publicly committed to investing in diversity in order to continue to reflect the global audience they serve. In the academia world, Harvard has also recognized traveling as valuable and extremely beneficial in helping students be more successful in their lives, studies and careers. Studies have also shown that individuals who are able to work in different environments and with eclectic groups of people often outperform homogenous groups and is important in international business.
They are able to think outside the box, see things from a different perspective, having been exposed more readily to different experiences and situations. Next time, when you feel guilty taking off again, or someone makes a judgmental comment, tell them traveling is good for your body, mind and soul.
It is the best way to:
- diversify your experiences and your network in life so that you can take on change;
- learn how to work with people;
- think outside the box and respond to situations that require you to think differently;
- think on your feet; and
- tackle uncertainty in stressful situations to create more options in life.
You meet people from all walks of life from all different ages, background, fields, and class. You encounter ‘cultural differences’ and is exposed to more opportunities to try something new. All these things help to stimulate your brain to change and grow while improving your memory and learning capacity. All you have to do is to engage in these activities with an open mind and be open to the possibility of having your perceptions and beliefs challenged. Your body and your mind are wired to be more capable of adapting to change than you think. From a physiological perspective, we can live in extreme cold or hot weather. Psychologically, Dr. Martin Seligman, father of Positive Psychology has also proven that anyone who is a pessimist can learn and adopt to be optimistic. There is also evidence that shows we are very good at adapting to technological change and augmenting it to suit our lives.
So whenever you get a chance to travel. Do it!
It’s a great investment in your life. It will teach you things you cannot learn from school. Take advantage to mingle with different types of people, exchange ideas and try new things. It’ll open you up to see new perspectives and possibilities you would not have imagined. You won’t regret it.
Photo by: Slave Bowman @slavab