Travel If You Want to Grow

Anyone who has traveled has been changed by it. Some may not be aware of it, but setting out to unfamiliar places shakes you up in subtle and not-so subtle ways. Every trip for me triggers a mix of emotions. Anticipation, excitement, fear, and worry are just some of the feelings I get before, during, and sometimes after my travels. If you ask me why I subject myself to such emotions, I’d say it’s for the experiences that traveling brings. There are always takeaways. And I feel that I’m also leaving parts of myself in places I go. It makes me understand myself and the outside world more.

Travel Infographic

I couldn’t agree more with what this infographic that I found says. There are many ways travel is good for you. For me, it’s also a way for me grow – to test myself in the midst of the unknown and the unfamiliar. Here’s how traveling has pushed me farther than what I believed to be my limits:

Learning to be more self-reliant

I have traveled solo in the past. And it’s been among the scariest things I’ve done. There’s nothing like knowing that I’m on my own to bring out a lot of anxieties and fears. I had to rely on myself while on the road. But it was also the most liberating experience I’ve had. It gave me the freedom to do what I want and take responsibility for the bad choices I made.

Seeing strangers in a new light

I used to take the “don’t talk to strangers” advice much too seriously. I’m the type who’d rather suffer than ask for help from anyone I don’t know. But traveling changed that. I had many unforgettable interactions with kind strangers who’ve helped in different ways. I discovered how sincere people can be even to people they’ve only met for the first time. This helped me grow as a person. It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and take the time to talk with people I meet in my travels.

Broadening perspectives

Nothing beats first-hand experience in broadening perspectives. It’s easy to find information online. But no matter how much I research about a place, there’s always something I discover that challenges old beliefs I had. Traveling has changed the way I see things. It made me appreciate culture and the value of respecting differences. It made me more compassionate and more conscious about keeping an open mind.