“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Truer words have never been spoken. Travelling shouldn’t be a chore. It shouldn’t be an escape. It shouldn’t be a rush to a destination. One must travel for travel’s sake. Because travelling changes who we are for the better. In more ways than one.
1. With every trip you take, you become just a little wiser.
You don’t get as angry as you used to. You are okay with trying new things. You accept people as they are. And you know that you do all this because with every trip you take, you come back a little wiser and a little calmer.
2. You start appreciating the little things in life.
3. You become more open minded.
Travelling gets you out of your comfort zone. You meet new people, see new things and come into contact with cultures completely different than your own. The world is no longer a strange and alien place. It becomes your oyster.
4. You realize that in life, not everything goes your way.
5. You become a lot more patient.
When a 24 hour train journey stretches for 52 hours, it’s not exactly a pleasant experience. But from that day forth, trivial things like queues at reservation counters and waiting for food at restaurants become irrelevant.
6. You become more adaptable.
7. You start believing in yourself.
8. You contract a condition known as wanderlust.
9. You learn to be thankful for what you have.
When you see that people not only live, but thrive in places as remote as the arid villages of Rajasthan, you tend to stop making excuses for your own life. You stop complaining about little things and make do with what you have.
10. You come closer to nature.
11. Loneliness doesn’t bother you any more.
12. You learn to put things in perspective.
13. The people you meet on your travels change the way you think about the world.
We tend to hang around people we like. People who are like us and share similar interests and tastes. But when you travel, you take a gamble. You meet both wonderful and horrible people. And they will colour your view of the world for better or for worse.
14. You learn that it’s the journey that is important. The destination, not so much.
The destination is just the excuse. It’s the journey that delights you, changes you and makes you a better person. It’s the journey that teaches you all the lessons