Do you often think about travelling someplace but never seem to be able to make it because of other commitments? I have made some travelling myself but not nearly as much as I would like. In my case, the reason is a lack of money. It’s not the only reason, though.
Many times I found myself thinking that travelling was not an optimal way of spending my time when I could do something else like pursuing a job, read, write etc. Let me tell you something. Travelling can and should be considered as important as all the aforementioned. I know people who have never been outside the borders of their own country. That’s a shame, especially in a time that travelling, by any means, has become cheaper, easier and safer than ever before.
Look at all the great people that have passed from this planet. Many were avid travellers. Ernesto ‘’Che ‘’ Guevara crossed Latin America in 1952 along with Alberto Granado, a trip that changed him forever. Other examples include Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway who travelled and lived in many countries of the world as part of his years working as a war correspondent and reporter, American writer Mark Twain, Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, American President Thomas Jefferson and the list goes on and on.
All these men achieved greatness and their travels crafted their character, shaped their views and beliefs and inspired them. Visiting new places broadens your scope and offers new perspectives. You get to see how other people live and escape from your comfort zone. I also believe that travelling is the best way to form a correct opinion on other peoples. If more people made travelling a habit maybe racism and xenophobia would be less of a problem.
Another great advantage is that one gets to distance one’s self from the problems of everyday life. I have found that a trip, however, short may be, is a great way to restart myself and have a fresh approach to things. It’s almost like the farthest you are from an actual place the smaller problems related to that place appear.
My advice to you (and to myself) is to embark on new and exciting journeys every chance you get. We have been blessed with a wonderful planet ready and asking to be explored. Life is short (I know, cliché) and it would be a pity to never fully reach our potential individually and collectively, in all the areas we can.