So I’m currently writing this while sitting on the sofa with my partner playing Paper Mario Colour Splash, trying to decide whether to to make this an epic long post about why travel is a great investment or give you the short and sweet version.
In the end I decided short and sweet will probably be preferable. I mean, we have busy lives to lead and a shorter to the point post is more digestible, am I right?
So, let’s get into why I think travel is a great investment.
You’ve probably hear the quote “travel makes you richer”. For a long time I understood this to just mean learning about different cultures, society etc, but over the years I’ve come to learn that it means so much more.
Learning about different cultures is a great way to discover new things, whether that be about different people, a way of life, religion, or pop culture. Everything you see and do is educational – but in a much better setting than school. It enriches you and opens your eyes to see things from another culture’s perspective.
Personal growth when travelling is not just for those taking a gap year, or studying abroad. For me, travel allows you to grow in so many ways, and not just when you’re travelling alone. I find that when I travel I develop and refine skills, e.g. organisation.
Travel can also challenge you, and allow you to face some fears. Whether that is building your self confidence, or makes you learn a different language (or maybe some helpful phrases) to get by in a non-English speaking country.
Every skill you gain helps in your own personal growth, which in turn can help you at work and in other scenarios.
Making memories doesn’t just happen when you’re taking a million and one pictures or vlogging, although that does help and allows you to refer back and relive those happy times. Memories are made when you immerse yourself in the moment. Where something funny happens and no one is around to see or record it, but it lives on in your memory and causes you to burst out with laughter whenever you think of it.
Before I get into this, yes travel can be stressful from time to time, but 9 times out of 10 it isn’t. It can refresh you, make you less stressed, happy and ready to take on the world when you get home… or in my case, I dread the thought of coming back to cold, rainy England.
Getting away, whether that is abroad or a staycation allows you to have some much needed ‘me’ time, and may persuade you you take a step back, stay way form you’re phone and enables you to focus on what you need.
After mentioning all of these there’s something else that is key to why, for me at least, travel is a great investment: happiness. I travel because it makes me happy. I love the way I feel before, during and after travelling anywhere, and it’s something I want to continue to fill my life with.
If you liked this post, you might like to see my other travel posts here.