Does travel really change people? It sounds cliché to hear that traveling changes people. But, it is true. One way or another, we never come back the same from a travel experience. But, the question is no longer how travel changes people, but why it does. Do you want to know the answer to this question? Read the following article.
We are all inhabitants of this unique planet amid such a vast universe. Here we find completely different climates and people able to live almost anywhere: immense deserts, mountains, jungles, arctic. Our planet is incredible, and what humans have managed to do in just a few years is unbelievable.
When we travel, we can access this diverse, vast, and incredible world. This is why we say that travel is transformation.
A trip changes the way you observe, talk, and act. When you go out into the world with baggage in your hand, accompanied or not, you are sure that infinite discoveries are to come. Each of these discoveries will add to you a new way of looking at life and of living better. Because traveling leads you to your best version, to your best smile, to your best habit.
So we’ve listed some reasons why traveling changes people.
Traveling expands your horizons
There is a quote by Mary Anne Radmacher that says that she is no longer the same after she saw the moon shining on the other side of the world. This quote says that any experience we have in other cultures changes our perception of life. You learn that despite all the diversity, the world is made up of people who are not so different from us but do the same things we do differently. And doing things differently can give new meaning to ordinary things.
It helps with mental health
During a trip we get totally out of our everyday environment: we sleep in another bed, eat other food, hear other accents or other languages, and encounter environments that take us out of our comfort zone.
This new place makes us have positive attitudes and feelings about our beliefs and our values. In this strange universe, we encounter a new culture and learn a lot.
Who hasn’t tried to speak a word in another language, found a strange taste in a delicacy, heard a different sound of a rhythm, smelled a delicious smell in the air, or seen an amazing landscape during a trip? It is these moments that give more comfort and protection to our mental health.
You become more flexible
Traveling can also bring a lot of hardships and things can go as unplanned. But, you will survive. And the best part: you brought back unusual stories. Unforeseen things always happen, but when you travel you know that you have to adapt to the new reality to move on with excitement to the next adventure.
You learn to understand people
When you don’t know the local language, you often need to communicate beyond words. And believe me, it is possible. People, when they are willing, can communicate with gestures, touch, looks, and a lot of intention.
Moreover, you understand that people are not equal but understand each other. No matter the language, religion, or culture.
Patience becomes a gift
We can say that you learn to wait. You understand that each thing has its own time. And you don’t mind that.
You will be enveloped by a wave of tranquility and will not get upset for any reason. You also learn that not everything goes as planned and that unforeseen things happen. After returning home, you will be shocked by people freaking out because they are only three minutes in line at the supermarket checkout.
You become more grateful
On a trip, you meet people who live in very different situations and you end up becoming even more grateful for everything you have. Another important point is that you value the little things, such as clean drinking water and a hot shower.
Travel makes us better human beings. Getting to know a new culture and what is different brings us more respect for the stranger, makes us realize that different customs, religions, flavors, and languages are authentic stories of human beings that, in the end, affirm us that we are all human beings. A Harvard Business Review study shows that people can come back from a trip happier, with more energy to work, and with reduced stress.
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