“The fact that the act of near constant travel these past four years has shifted my perspective on life in tangible and identifiable ways. It shifted who I am, who I want to be, and how I perceive myself. And ultimately, it changed how I see and interact with the nearly every aspect of the world around me: family, jobs and career goals, political views, consumerism and consumption, friendships and my relationships.” – A girl from Florida finally celebrates her four years travel anniversary in 2012.
After taking adventure trips across a dozen countries, she has gathered hundreds of experiences, hundreds of challenges and about more than a million memories, stories and ideas which she shares in a blog.
We all love to travel, visit new places. Sometimes because we need a break from our regular life schedule, and want a holiday, or sometimes for adventure.
Have you ever wondered how can moving yourself from your locality to another, mark a break or a holiday? Why do we go for travel?
- To balance the roles of the same brain: If you are in the same place, with the same people and same work for a long time, your brain tends to play some mechanical roles in specified ways. The balance of your left brain and right brain is generally damaged, i.e. if you are working from 9-6 every day, coming home having dinner, communicating, going to bed, what you are actually doing are the functions of your left brain, which is analytic, objective, mathematical, digital, while your right brain has nothing to do at all, which tends more towards instinct, art, imagination and emotion. Once you are moving out of your known locality for a travel, you do not know what the new place is going to be like, you can let your imagination free to discover new food, new buildings or roads, new highlands and lowlands etc. a new place always leaves you awestruck. You get an opportunity to appreciate nature, which is the best Art of The Master, and you don’t need to restrict your expressions.
So travelling gives freedom to your imagination, instinct and emotions, thus when you are able to balance your mind, you feel better, and realize that you have been able to ‘Break’ the shackles of monotony, when you are on a holiday.
- To change our vision towards life: sometimes, life gives you its own pieces of gloom. You may be having a fight with your loved ones, you may be in depression, you may be bored, possibly then, your emotions are getting the better of you. Changing your location, going for a travel, helps you get a hold on your rationality. A travel is like an escape from the pre-set picture of your life. Once you switch over to another picture, you can compare the both, have an idea of the wider perspectives and then decide. Basically, travelling gives you a broader perspective of the world around you, gives you a clearer vision, with which you can perceive yourself and life. Feeling other places, other people, closely, adds to your experience, wisdom and rationality, which consequentially helps you solve graver problems once you come back from travel.
- To ensure better physical health: doctors often recommend travel, if someone is ill in health. The reason being, that the body of the patient is well accustomed to his own environment, so the positivities are no longer so positive for him, which can rectify his/her physical health. So a ‘change’ is often suggested. When his/her environment is shifted, the fresh air, the new water quality automatically acts like a medicine inducing positivity in the patient. This is like changing an anti-allergic tablet, if your body is already habituated to it, and hence no longer reacts (for improvement) to it.
- Travel in general, boosts personality development: travel, especially adventurous trips puts you through various challenges and tests of time, which makes you strong as a person, helps you grow.
Like if you go for treks to Himalayas, you won’t get the facility of a soft bed or delicious food, but the glimpse of the rising sun on a mountain will be the only source of gratification.
- It also gives you experiences, visions which can change your attitude towards various facts like lifestyle, politics, human nature etc.
“Personality reflects a series of long-term goals that people aim to achieve”, Psychology Today, and once you are back from a travel, some of these goals are definitely achieved, you feel more knowledgeable, and your personality reflects that confidence, that vision, that enlightenment.
“At the most basic level, travel has humbled me and expanded my perception of my place in the world………. Once I left my bubble in the U.S., I was thrust into new situations outside my realms of previous experience. I saw extreme wealth living aside startling poverty; I met people with radically divergent religious views. People who hated my country but not me. People who loved my country and assumed my America was a land of great wealth, equality, and outrageous opportunities. Opinions, stories, and new baseline realities were shoving into me at startling speeds.
The pace of life quickens when you’re outside of your home base,” says the Florida girl after her four years long travel experience.
- Travel can help you to create something new: you never know, just your passion for travel can transform you to another person, and create new things, like you may start writing a book, or start painting, or photography, because we all want to record our travel experiences in some form.
Liz Carlson who was an English teacher in Spain, turned to a travel writer when she was suffocated by her routine job in school. Ever since then, “From camping with the Bedouins in the desert in Jordan to paragliding in New Zealand, she’s fully embraced having both a life filled with travel, while also encouraging others who might want the same that it is possible,” through penning down her experiences in her travel books and websites.
In other words, we can also say, travel helps fostering your creativity.
- Travel also changes your orthodox beliefs: widening your vision on people, cultures and practices, will automatically make your beliefs on customs and rituals more dynamic. Like you will no longer rush for washing your hand every time you enter home, from outside, once you are in America, and you see that people don’t even wash in latrines, but use only toilet paper rolls. (just a joke! J)
Your purpose of travel can be anything, you can be a foodie, so you want to travel, like did Montrealer Jodi Ettenberg, after working for five years as a corporate lawyer in New York.
Your work or profession can also be a good scope for you to travel new places, like it happens for our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. J
But travel develops you as a person, as a human being, and boosts a positive mental health which helps you heal your worst wounds, and cope with life in a better way.