Posted: February 2016
In my 28 years of age I have traveled to over 28 countries. I have been to 5 continents, and visited places I could never imagine existed.
I have seen the majestic mystico-sexual sculptures on the Tantric temples of Khajuraho in India, I have touched the rocks of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, I have smelled the light fragrance of cherry blossom trees in Tokyo, Japan, I have tasted the delicious Paella during a cold winter in the city of Granada in Spain, and I have heard the waves of sea crushing on the golden beaches of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The memories of my travel experiences have been my inner treasure that I always carry with me. Without those experiences, I would have been a totally different person.
Traveling is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, because it allows you to experience the immensely rich world we are living in, but most importantly it helps you to better understand yourself and your relation to this world. To be more specific, here are five ways you can benefit from traveling:
1. Expand your horizons
From almost the first moment I meet a person, I know whether he or she is a traveler or not. Travelers look different from non-travelers. They are more open-minded people, with a deep interest in learning, discovering, and a desire for living passionately.
One of the best ways to expand your horizons is by traveling the world. Traveling to places around the globe, you will come to know various cultures. You will meet people who speak different languages, hold different religious beliefs, listen to different kinds of music, eat different kinds of food–in short, have different worldviews lifestyles. In other words, traveling helps you to develop a more spherical understanding of humanity.
2. Explore the beauty of the world
The world we are living in is amazingly beautiful, but not all people realize it. Most of us choose to spend our leisure time at home watching television or surfing on the internet, missing all the beauty that existence has to offer.
Traveling gives you the chance to experience the tremendous beauty of the world first-hand, dressed in its infinite manifestations. Among other things, traveling allows you to see incredible natural sceneries, explore ancient monuments and buildings, meet and get to know people from various cultures, and savor all kinds of delicious foods.
Can life get any better than this?
3. Realize the oneness of humanity
Traveling is a way to discover the differences in the peoples of the world, but traveling is also a way to help you realize the oneness of humanity.
Although people from different places of the world might have very different cultures and lifestyles to yours, in essence their needs and basic desires are the same. All people need and desire healthy food to eat, good friends to be with and someone to love and love them back.
4. Let go of your worries
Traveling is also one of the greatest ways to let go of your worries and concerns.
By traveling you get lost in the adventure of discovery. Whatever your problems might be, once you are deep in traveling you leave what concerns you behind–your job, phone calls, meetings, and so on, taking a break from the routine of life. Thus, traveling can help you recharge your batteries and reconsider your way of living.
5. Focus on the present moment
Traveling helps you to leave the past behind and forget about the future. It puts you in a situation where you have to live in the now. During traveling, you can become so impressed with what you experience, squeezing the juice out of every single moment, that you don’t have time left for thinking about what is gone or what is about to come.
As you can see, the ways you can benefit from traveling the world are many. So don’t spend your entire life confined in four walls — it’s truly worthless. Go out and experience life. Just pack a few things and start traveling!
“Do not ask me where I am going, I travel in this limitless world, were every step I take is my home.” ~Dogen