I was struck by a recent lamentation from a 20-something on the value of travel. The Young Money blog is quite good.
After spending 22 years preparing for this moment of unbounded freedom, (will) we spend the next 40 years squandering this freedom making money that we don’t need to buy stuff that we don’t want to impress people that we don’t care about to maybe, if we are lucky, spend our excess cash in retirement when it is least valuable to us because of our limited energy.
Some call it wanderlust. Others, the travel bug. Some ask what you’re running from, seeing all those corners of the world. Some prefer their own backyards, but as I say often I wandered a long way from Beaver, PA. With some travel in the rear view mirror, here’s what I think I’ve learned…
- Expanding Horizons through Travel Adventure Traveling is more than just a way to see new places and have fun. It is also a powerful tool for personal growth, cultural exploration, and global awareness. Whether you are looking for a relaxing escape, an unforgettable adventure, or a creative inspiration, traveling can offer you many benefits that will enrich your life.
- Personal Growth through Facing Challenges One of the best ways to grow as a person is to face challenges and overcome them. Traveling can provide you with many opportunities to do so, whether it is navigating a foreign language, adapting to a different culture, or dealing with unexpected situations. By stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing the unknown, you can develop resilience, problem-solving skills, and confidence. You can also learn more about yourself, your values, and your goals.
- Cultural Exploration through Diverse Experiences Another benefit of traveling is that it allows you to experience different cultures and perspectives. You can immerse yourself in the history, art, music, cuisine, and traditions of the places you visit. You can also interact with local people and learn from their stories, insights, and opinions. By exposing yourself to diversity and difference, you can broaden your horizons, challenge your assumptions, and appreciate the richness of human culture.
- Global Awareness through Informed Citizenship Traveling can also help you become a more informed and responsible global citizen. You can witness firsthand the social, economic, environmental, and political issues that affect different regions and communities. You can also understand the interconnections and interdependencies that shape our world. By being aware of the global context and the impact of your actions, you can make more informed decisions and contribute to positive change.
- Memories that Last a Lifetime Finally, traveling can offer you unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. You can enjoy the beauty of nature, the thrill of adventure, the relaxation of leisure, and the joy of discovery. You can also make new friendships and connections with people from different backgrounds and walks of life.
Travel is more than just a hobby or a vacation. It is a way of life that can enrich your mind, body, and soul.
I made a watercolor in Carcassone. It’s here.