I recently went to Romania for a short break and after reflecting on the places we went to and the things we saw. I came to the obvious conclusion that everyone should travel. Now while I still have many more countries to visit this last place definitely opened my eyes to a different style of living. If you get the opportunity to travel I strongly encourage you to and here’s a list to why
Character and confidence
Survival of the fittest. If ever there was a way to see how strong you really are, not just physically but mentally and socially - travel. Being able to thrive in new environments requires a different kind of confidence. It’s a great way to learn how to socialise with new people especially where language is a barrier. It teaches you how tolerant/ intolerant you are of others and vice versa which is a great opportunity for growth and understanding. Which leads me to the next point.
Learn a new language
I’ve always been taught - the best way to learn a new language is to surround yourself with those who speak it. Extra brownie points if you actually visit the country of interest. Being in a different location forces you to learn phrases not only to help you get around but to also get to know the people around you. You’ll be surprised how much people appreciate it when you at least try to speak in their language and not just assume everyone speaks in English. You’ll also find that if you do - strangers are more willing to help than not.
Peace of mind
We are often surrounded with so much noise and distraction with the pressures and stresses from work, family or friends. It can be very easy to get lost in everything and forget the importance of savouring a few moments to yourself. Just to clear your mind, re-calibrate and refocus on what you are doing. Being in a different space really helps - it doesn’t even have to be a different country - but a new environment in unknown land has a calming effect on the mind. Bonus points if you put away your phones disconnecting in order to reconnect. It really is refreshing.
Expand your horizon
A lot of miss communication happens because of a lack of understanding and ignorance. Be it culture, background or general life experience. Being in a new environment not only exposes you to different ways of living. But often is a great reminder to how blessed you are back at home. It’s a blessing to be able to walk in someone else’s shoes and see life from their perspective - no matter how short the trip. It also opens you up to different opportunities you may not have been privy to before.
Learn to be present
Being in unfamiliar territory and foreign grounds has a way of commanding your attention - forcing you to be present in the moment. Not just for your own security but to enjoy the new sounds, culture and lifestyle in front of you. There are so many breath taking views to be found - great source for inspiration.
Experiencing new foods!
Save the best for last! If ever there is a reason for me to go somewhere - this would be it. I don’t mind (within reason) where you take me. But if food will be there - so will I. Travelling is a great way to learn and expose yourself to new culinary skills and taste’s. A way to learn what you definitely don’t like and what you have been missing the entire time. If you are able to, ask the locals for their recipes - it’s the best kind of souvenir to take home.