8 Reasons Why Traveling 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.