21 Benefits of Travelling the World and How They Make You a Better Person

21 Benefits of Travelling the World and How They Make You a Better Person

Travel is better than any self-development course, and will often teach you more about the world than school ever could. Better than therapists, doctors and candlestick makers, anyone that believes travel is nothing but a long holiday or a way to put off the big decisions in life, might not be seeing things from the right perspective. To help get everyone on the same page, here are 21 benefits of travelling the world, and how they make you a better person.

 

1. Now you understand the world a little better

benefits of travelling

 

2. When you travel the world you realise people are just like you underneath it all…

3_Just like you better place

 

…with the similar thoughts, fears, needs and desires…

 

3. And the differences in cultures, they are something to be embraced and enjoyed, not feared from afar.

4_Embrace culture better place

4. And some of the trash the newspapers come out with at home, now you can dispel all those myths.

5_Rubbish papers better place

 

…come on, I know the economy is bad, but let’s not just blame it on ‘all the other people’. That is just wrong. Besides, what on earth does ‘other’ mean anyway?

 

5. The world’s problems aren’t so remote when you see them up close…

6_world problems better place

 

…there are no third world problems, just world problems…

 

6. And you understand that the world’s problems are more complex than just something to throw money at…

7_Equally capable better place

…and that people, everywhere, are all capable, if given the chance…

7. And because we all travel, the world gets along a little better…

8_Peace better world

 

…because you made a friend from Russia while dancing on the beach in Thailand, you don’t care what the governments say, they can go jump! (Have you noticed we’ve had no major world conflicts recently…)

 

8. Actually, you’re much better at that whole social thing now…

9_Sociable better place

 

…All those friends from all those hostels are now friends for life, and you can’t remember why butting into conversation with a bunch of randomers was ever scary. Besides, who needs the social norm? That’s what you left behind…

 

9. And you’re pretty confident in yourself now…

10_confident better place

 

…If you can be dropped off in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in the Czech countryside where no one speaks your language and still make it to Český Krumlov, then you can do pretty much anything… Job interviews, eat your heart out!

 

10. Now you appreciate the journey just as much as the destination…

11_Journey matters better place

 

…Just like those rolling hills and mountain ranges from the train window, you’ve started to appreciate the process of putting things together, bit by bit. Not just the sense of elation you get from the finished product, artwork or article you’ve worked on…

 

11. You’re a much better problem solver…

12_problem solver better world

 

…You didn’t panic when your luggage didn’t show up at the airport AND you managed to relocate it, so there’s no way you’re going to panic now!

 

12. And much better at making decisions…

13_Decision better place

 

…OK, there’s only so many hours in the day and a load of Roman ruins to get through. I’ve decided. We’re going here.

 

13. And if people don’t agree, you’re pretty independent now, so it doesn’t matter…

14_Independent better place

 

…Sweet, no worries, I’ll see you in the bar later. No dramas.

 

14. Actually, all that independence has helped you get to know yourself a hell of a lot better…

15_Know yourself better place

 

…You can do a ton more than you ever imagined, all on your own. Navigate those buses in Malaysia, jump out of a plane, help that stupidly drunk dude find their hostel so they aren’t sleeping on the street, passport in hand. And hey, maybe not everything’s perfect in there, but you know that you have a hell of a lot more good in you than bad, just like with most people…

 

15. Your culinary knowledge is now par excellence…

16_Culinary better place

 

…everyone is coming to yours to eat, and now dates are way cheaper, yet way more successful…

 

16. Oh, and booze, you know all about the good booze…

17_Good booze better place

 

…yeah, maybe not the buckets you sunk in Thailand, but you did try some good booze…

 

17. With all that time, you probably got through a gazillion books…

18_Reading better place

 

…so now you’re a gentleperson and a scholar…

 

18. And now you have a few best-seller stories of your own…

19_Stories better place

 

…maybe the folks back home will grow tired of them after a while, but that’s OK, because you are a friend making machine, so have a inexhaustible supply…

 

19. Those petty problems don’t seem so big now…

20_No petty problems better world

 

…It’s not ALL about career, houses, mortgages, families, lawnmowers, pinewood floors, waxing your car, in-laws for dinner, rat race, bleurgh. Spread this wisdom.

 

20. Oh, and you know there are better sports out there than the ones they play at home.

21_Sports better place

 

…Dude in a full suit of armour bashed another dude in a full suit of armour for 20 minutes, totally unironically, and you bloody loved it…

 

21. And best of all, when you’ve done it once, you can easily do it again…

22_Do it all again better world

 

…no, scratch that. You desperately want to do it again. And all those things that make you a better person and the world a better place? Well, they’re just replicated again and again and again…

Keep it up.

Ready for your next trip? Grab yourself a hostel and go meet some good people…

 

What have you learned or picked up from travelling? Think it made you better? Reckon you’re having an impact on the world? Share your opinions in the comments…

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Thanks to martinak15, DVIDSHUB, Koshy Koshy, martinak15, DVIDSHUB, Koshy Koshy, Jonny Hughes, Gramody, US Army Africa, Pink Sherbet Photography, SAM Nasim, nevil zaveri,williamson, Joe Hunt, Tom Page, Jason Priem, Morgan Sherwood, stu_spivack, Brian Suda, Anne Adrian, Ian Armstrong and David Kobuszewski

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