I recently watched a clip from the TED Talks where Rick Steve’s was sharing the heart of his passion for travel. While there was a good many things he said that I did not agree with, he reaffirmed some points about why we should all travel that I stand behind wholeheartedly.
#1 We should all travel just for the experience of going somewhere different itself. It’s good to get a change of scenery every now and again and there is nothing more freeing and exciting than leaving (to paraphrase from John Green’s book Paper Towns). It can be contagious and give you a sense of adventure you may not have had before.
#2 Travel gives you important new perspectives on the world and other people in it. It is one thing to see and hear of the world on tv or through other people, but you don’t really truly know or feel much about it until you see it all in person. You see in person other peoples struggles, their culture, their lands. Experiencing all of these things tears down walls and broadens your views. It erases misconceptions and teaches you things you would never learn if you were to stay at home.
As Mark Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
#3 Travel adds to the imagination. There are so many unimaginably beautiful places to see and experience that will create wonder in our brains and give us new ideas and dreams. This is especially important for those of us who are artists in any way. Travel is a wonderful muse.
#4 Travel builds relationships. Whether you are making new relationships with people all over the world, or you are traveling with people you already know, it brings you closer to both. Travel is a form of connection.
I think if I let myself I could go on and on for hours, but let us wrap this post up.
I absolutely love traveling and I can honestly say I do not regret one trip I have taken, not even the ones that did not turn out so well. I have grown from them all.
Tavel = wisdom, deeper relationship, excitement/adventure, muse, connection, variety, wonder, experience, self-enlightenment, enrichment, and so much more.
So my friends, Live Well and GO! GO! GO!
Talk to you all again soon.