10 Reasons Why You Should Travel
Kelli and I have been circling the globe for the past 6 years.
Being a digital nomad, I have learned a thing or 2 about why you should travel.
If you are on the fence about hopping on a plane and seeing the world these 10 reasons may inspire you to see and experience the world, outside of your tiny little corner of the Universe.
1: Spread Love
I spread love.
Many people feel Kelli and I are from Canada. No way we could be Americans, from the USA.
But we are loving US ambassadors in our own way because we fit seamlessly into the world.
We enjoy every place we visit, we not only respect local cultures, but see the beauty in each way of life and spread love.
In a world where dividing leaders, ignorance and fear seem to be more apparent, we need more travelers to spread love, to show us the rest of the story and to bring the world together.
2: Dissolve Prejudice
Circling the globe dissolves:
- blind country pride
- international bickering
and all forms of fear-based, horse-shit drivel that tends to fester and grow if you grow up only around folks who look like you, who speak like you, who subscribe to the same religious beliefs and who live in the same region.
When you see how virtually the entire world just wants to be your friend, and how almost every human being wants to grow up in a peaceful, harmonious earth, your prejudices and other fear-based, ignorant beliefs, quickly dissolve.
I largely do what I do at Blogging From Paradise to show you that by having fun and seeing the world that you don’t need to be afraid of people or lands outside of your home country; you can love your neighbor, be fascinated at your differences, swap stories and become friends with people from all over the globe.
3: Feast on Culture
I never thought that embracing foreign cultures would be a dream aspect of travel I’d forever cherish.
I have lived in Bali during Nyepi. I spent time in Thailand during a coup, and ditto for living in Istanbul for a month after the coup attempt.
Being in India during Diwali and Fiji during the Fiji 7’s World Rugby Championship and watching a nation cheer Costa Rica’s national soccer team or seeing Nicaragua cheer on their prized boxer, and being in Qatar as the world’s wealthiest nation prepared for the World Cup, all of these experiences helped me appreciate the beautiful sense of contrast that travelers enjoy.
I find it fascinating to watch in person how Balinese have ceremonies for everything from cell phones, to motorbikes, to papaya, being grounded in devout gratitude. Ditto for the jolly, easy going, take is eeeaaassssy nature of Fijians in Savusavu or all over the nation.
Traveling inspires you to embrace and enjoy a different way of living.
4: Enjoy Natural Beauty
Enjoy the natural beauty of places like Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Costa Rica.
Marvel at the deserts of Qatar.
Step into the beautiful Mediterranean scenery of Cyprus.
I have spent some time in each of the aforementioned spots. Being amid pristine natural beauty feels inspiring. Seeing the world as God designed it to be. Brilliant.
Hop into nature. Appreciate different landscapes. See the contrast between your home country and foreign lands.
Get on a plane, to see the plains, or to experience heavy rains or to just avoid going insane (Cat in the Hat reference, complete).
5: Enjoy Wildlife
Although I have battled my fair share of wildlife around the globe, from spitting cobras in Bali to 8 inch long centipedes in Thailand, I have genuinely enjoyed all first person encounters with these critters. Even if said critters could kill me in a split second.
Eff National Geographic. Get your ass out of your living room and see these creatures in person.
I have seen:
- toucans, Amazon parrots, Howler monkeys and sloths in Costa Rica
- huge monitor lizards, pythons centipedes, scorpions and tarantulas in Thailand
- cobras and monitor lizards in Bali
- massive fruit bats in Fiji and Kathmandu
and a whole host of other creatures around the world, in their natural settings.
This may be the most enjoyable and thrilling aspect of globe trotting. When you see animals at home, in the wild, you feel a sense of joy and gratitude for seeing what so few folks in the world see, up close and in person.
6: Feast on Fine Foods
Traveling has introduced me to:
- delightful Thai dishes like my beloved Thai mixed vegetable green curry
- momo’s in Kathmandu
- vegetarian buffets in Istanbul
- nasi goreng in Bali
- FBI fare in Sauvsavu, Fiji
- delightful street food in Kuala Lumpur
- casados in Costa Rica
- chifta in Peru
- Greek burgers in Cyprus
and the list goes on and on.
Hitting the road tickles your taste buds, introducing you to a whole new world of authentic, delightful cuisine, homemade in your country of choice.
Traveling allows you to relax from the day to day grind of your home town, or your home city.
Circling the globe for a wee bit can provide you with a respite from a busy, stressful job. Maybe you catch the travel bug, and decide to become a digital nomad? Or perhaps a 2 week trip to Fiji was enough for recharging your batteries.
If you get some R and R or decide to mold a new life for yourself, hitting the road alerts you to relaxing spots that can calm your nerves, recharge your battery and cultivate a sense of peace and tranquility within your being.
8: Grow Like a Stinking Weed
Grow like a stinking weed.
Traveling pushes you light years outside of your comfort zone.
7 years ago I felt awkward walking back into a store a few minutes or even hours after having been there. Weird self-conscious, zany stuff. Not unlike the Double Goodbye of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame.
Traveling pushes you outside of your comfort zone so frequently that you either grow like a weed or cease traveling.
9: Run into Me
You will probably run into me somewhere on the road.
Like my friends:
You will meet buddies you have known online for years in an offline setting.
You will also meet new buddies.
10: Tap into Creative Powers
I became stupid prolific on the road.
Traveling inspired me to create, to connect and to tap into reservoirs of talent I knew not existed when I was sitting in my comfort zone in the USA.
Hit the road. You will see all types of inspiring things, meet inspiring people and in the process, amid bustling urban environments, gorgeous mountains, deep jungles and everything in between, creativity will become your best friend.
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