Ever since I was a kid I was fascinated by exotic places and other countries. I thought that there was so much in this world that needed to be seen and I always dreamt about how my life would change when I was on a trip. Today, I know that you’re always confronted with changes when traveling. A change in your environment, the food, the people who surround you, the climate, the language, the scenery,… But the most important thing I’ve learned since I decided to explore this world is the fact that travel changes your life in many different ways. You get more experienced and self-confident – that’s pretty obvious. But travel has the power to change your life completely.
When I met Cynthia, a fellow travel blogger, we immediately found out how similar we are because we both made the experience that travel inspired us to step out of our comfort zone. So, we did a collaboration on how travel helps you to overcome shyness over at Cynthia’s blog.
And here’s the second part of our collaboration: how travel changes your life!
Lisa (me) from Travellana
Travel forces you to take chances.
Traveling is all about taking chances and it teaches you how to take them instead of letting them go. What I experienced on my travels was the fact that you’re always confronted with chances that come rather unexpectedly. And most of the time, these chances don’t give you much time to think about them. You have to decide quickly and you will probably say yes. I’ve made the experience that whenever I took a chance I was more than happy to have said “yes” to it. Travel teaches you that sometimes spontaneous decisions and unexpected chances are worth being taken and that they can end up being one of the best things you’ve ever done. And this knowledge can also influence your life in general.
Travel changes the way you spend money.
There are a lot of cool things to your spend money for. This pair of shoes, the new Topshop collection… a tablet would be nice too. We are confronted with consumerism on a daily basis and it is difficult to resist cheap offers. But you’re a passionate traveler and you’re eager to safe as much money as possible to go on your next trip. What happened to me a couple of years ago was a change in my consumer behavior. I have bought more consciously, always aware of the fact that I could also safe money for traveling. My priorities have changed and now I prefer second hand shopping. I ask myself whether I really need this shirt. Mostly, I think of the destination I’m dreaming about and decide that the piggy bank would be a better place for the money.
Travel changes your behavior when you’re not traveling.
Travel can change you in various ways but traveling also has an impact on the time during which you’re at home and living your everyday life. Of course, the images and impressions of former trips are as lively in your mind as if they had happened only a few days ago and you’re remembering them with happiness. Sometimes there’s also a bit melancholy because you miss the place. But what is more is that your every day life feels like a break or transition period between your last and your next trip. Of course, you live your every day life, fulfill all the tasks that you’ve got and enjoy the time but there’s this one thing on your mind that you can’t turn off: dreaming of and waiting for your next trip to come.
Cynthia from Every Footstep an Adventure
Travel will make you become more adventurous.
What if I don’t like it? What if the new food tastes bad? What if it scares the living daylight out of me? Stop that train of thought right now! The more you travel, the less scary new things will be. I mean, when you’ve conquered X, Y and Z in the past, how daunting can this new thing really be? You may even end up liking it. In fact, it could even turn out to be one of your best experiences ever! So, start saying yes and live the adventure!
Travel teaches you things you never learned in school.
School teaches you to read and write and do math, that’s definitely true. And sure, it can even teach you to problem solve – on paper. You see, school teaches you many things, but in theory. When you travel, you do things in practice! Travel forces you to interact with a variety of people of different cultures, from a different walk of life. You’ll learn the slang of a different language – slang that your teacher never taught in class. And most importantly, you’ll learn that there is a much, much bigger world out there just waiting to be explored!
Travel will help you learn to value experiences over possessions.
Experiences bring people more happiness than do possessions – this is a common finding of much psychology research. The novelty of material possessions will fade overtime, but the memories you create through experiences will continue to provide happiness long after the event occurred. Many studies have even showed that unpleasant experiences are valued more than material possessions – if not immediately, later on. Just a few months ago, when my phone fell in a lake (along with me haha!) near the end of a four day camping trip, I didn’t even mind the fact that I might have lost all my photos Sure, it sucked that my phone would’ve been expensive to replace, but I was just so glad to have had the experiences that I did on that camping trip. I can definitely say that that trip was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had thus far and I will always cherish the memory!
How has travel changed your life? We’re curious to hear about your experiences and thoughts on this!