8 Reasons Why Traveling Makes You A Better Person


Why Travelling Makes You A Better Person


After almost 10 years on the road, I’ve learned a lot. I can now say that without setting off on my first trip to Cyprus, I would not have gained such an amazing experience and wouldn’t have met so many cool folks around the world. In fact, traveling around the world makes you a better person, it helps you expand your comfort zone and realize that happiness isn’t just about wealth.


It happened to me too when I was on my first independent trip. I spent several months traveling across Southeast Asia country hopping. Visiting places I have never been to was something that took me to a whole new world. I was overwhelmed with innumerable variations of culture and this fact has taught me that I can find happiness somewhere outside Germany. When I was working my 9 to 5 job I considered packing my backpack and jumping on a jet plane an escape of my daily routine. I’m not saying this to be egotistical, I’m only saying my true intention was to learn something new, how people live on the other side of the planet.


I quit my job and left the routine of a 9 – 5 in 2010 to explore the world. It was my choice. Yes, I had to shift my mindset to achieve my travel goals. I had to break out of my comfort zone to expand it and feel comfortable wherever I am. Traveling forced me to find myself once again. Getting in touch with who we really are is easier than you think when you are surrounded with like-minded people. Sometimes I was only exploring new cities because fellow nomads have encouraged me to do so. And you know what? It rarely was a disappointing experience.


I know that there are lots of misconceptions about traveling solo, earning money on the road and lack of comfort. In fact, positive attitude matters more than you think. I found out that office lifestyle isn’t always the key to stability and prosperity. Since life isn’t always about making money, self-development and balance are far more important. A lot of people are doing a job they really hate, and it can last for a very long time. In this way, stability can be deceptive.


You have probably heard that the more you own, the more it owns you. This is yet another big reason why I now prefer a nomadic lifestyle. Actually, you need very little stuff when you travel. Being less materialistic allows you to become a happier person (no matter what deals are available at the mall). The key to success and joyful life is constant self-development. Do what you love and make money doing it. One of the first things to do is to get out of the comfort zone, start moving toward your goal. The sooner you come up with this idea, the sooner your life will change for the better.


8 Benefits of Traveling :

You Can Find a Lot of Friends.
Traveling the world is the great way to find new friends. Consider staying in a hostel, rent a room in somebody’s house, use public transportation. These are the main places to search for social contacts with residents as well as with other travelers. Since many travelers are sociable people with an innovative way of thinking, many of them may become your best friends afterward.

You Become More Sociable.
Striking up new acquaintances is an essential part of budget traveling. You will learn a lot of new things by socializing with people. Most of them are just like you, willing to find new friends and save money to stay longer on the road.

Traveling Gives You Confidence.
You train your brain and keep it fit by learning new facts about foreign cultures, keep your self-esteem constantly growing, open yourself up to opportunities for mental growth.

You Can Live Anywhere You Like.
Being on the move, visiting new places, experience difficulties would help you make quick decisions in the future. If you ever get lost in an unfamiliar country, the obtained skills would come in handy to find a way out.

Travel Improves Health and Helps Save Money On Medicine.
Walking and getting some fresh air strengthens the immune system, as well as helps to lose weight. Walking regularly can help reduce high blood pressure and the chance of heart attack. It’s no secret that traveling helps you stay fit and increases life expectancy without attending fitness classes.

Traveling Makes You More Intelligent.
By visiting places, meeting new people, you learn a lot. By learning (and speaking) foreign language you not only look less like a tourist but get way better prices and deeper connections with locals.

A Life Full Of Adventures.
Traveling is always an adventure no matter where you go. I do my best not to miss an opportunity of going abroad to make a lot of beautiful photos. It becomes even more important if you go with family because it is a perfect way to create memories and the sense of childhood for your kids. Outdoor adventures such as camping or fishing can be quite cheap and allow you not to break the bank.

You Stay Calm and Ready to Take on Challenges.
Once you hit the road you will learn how to stay calm and be prepared for anything. Even if you are late for the check-in and the hostel is closed or your reservation hasn’t been accepted by the host, there are a lot of other ways to get even better lodging. A first-hand look at how other people live and what they’ve overcome gives a clear view that little annoyances of everyday life can be dealt with pretty easily.

8 Reasons Why Traveling Makes You A Better Person


Be bold, change yourself, get out of the comfort zone. Even if you are facing the lack of money for your first trip (although there are countries that allow you to travel for just 500-1000 USD per month), it takes about 4-12 months to save enough money for travel. All you have to do is to act! Imagine your life several years from now. Will it change for the better? Or will you find yourself in a time loop, repeating the same actions again and again.? If you think your job is uninspiring or you feel demotivated it is worth changing your mindset. If you want to change your lifestyle, start doing it right now because tomorrow is always too late.