Kyle is the writer behind The Travel Runner. He’s a full-time traveler and adventurer who’s visited over 20 countries, including places like Thailand, Mexico, Vietnam, and Albania. He prefers a slower pace to his travels to explore destinations more in-depth and to get a feel for what life is actually like there. When he’s not writing, he’s usually off exploring trails with his fiancée, Kaitlyn.
Discover 7 reasons why traveling is important in life! From personal growth to rejuvenation, discover the benefits of traveling and exploring the world.
When you begin traveling, your life gets split into two parts: pre- and post-travel.
After those first trips, you see life differently. And traveling makes you realize it’s necessary.
From the people you meet to your life experiences to learning a new language, travel opens a new way of life.
I’ve written this post to share the 7 reasons traveling is so important. And if you want to visit different parts of the world, you’ll benefit from this post.
With that said, let’s dive into the post.
7 reasons why traveling is important
1. Get to experience different cultures
We all grow up in a society that thinks our way of doing things is the right way in today’s world.
Travel quickly slaps you in the face and teaches you we all experience life in different ways. There are just variations in how people live.
Americans prioritize work, promotions, and a “grind it out” lifestyle. However, that wouldn’t work in Thailand, where they focus on family and enjoying life. Both countries are after the same thing, enjoying life.
But they go about it in very different ways.
Americans see retiring early and enjoying their twilight years as the way to enjoy life. Thai people? Well, they enjoy life ALL the time.
And I admire both cultures for it.
Because there is no black-and-white answer for how to do things. Only many, many shades of gray.
As you travel more, this becomes more apparent to you. And you start to value the elements of all cultures and people.
That’s the growth travel gives you.
2. Personal growth
Want a fast way to learn more about yourself than you ever knew?
Land in a foreign country with little knowledge of the culture, language, and country, and you’ll discover yourself quickly.
When you’re forced to rely on yourself to navigate an unfamiliar place, you build up your confidence in YOUR abilities. And there are plenty of them. You learn the do’s and don’ts, how to handle money better, and how to adapt to new cultures and new experiences.
Not to mention travel forces you to be better at socializing with people. Loneliness sets in eventually, and you’ll be forced out of your comfort zone.
But that’s a good thing!
These are moments where you get insight into who you truly are.
And that’s life-changing.
3. Learning opportunities everywhere
You’re exposed to a lot when you land in a new place.
Smells, sights, sounds, tastes — your senses are going wild. And all these inputs help you learn.
What you do and don’t like, what interests you, and what you value. It all becomes apparent as you’re exposed to things you never knew existed. And that’s not even mentioning the people, history, art, language, etc. There are endless opportunities for you to explore and simply learn.
Let me give you a personal example.
I love to talk. I could talk endlessly to friends and new people alike.
But the best moments from my travel have been when I’ve just listened. To ex-pats, locals, and everything in between. I’ve learned so much simply by listening to other people’s stories and lives.
And they’re lessons I would never have learned by staying home. No, you must travel to the other side of the world occasionally.
So, no matter your interests, travel is educational. And there are opportunities to learn new things no matter where you go.
4. Creating memories
Memories are everything.
They’re that lovely movie that plays in our head when we’re bored at work and wish we were traveling. (C’mon, I know I’m not the only one.)
And travel means more of those memories. After all, we’re way happier spending on experiences, not things.
Whether exploring a new city, laying back on a beach, making new friends, or hiking through skyrocketing mountains, these memories burn into your brain for a lifetime. And there’s never a moment of regret, even with a trip’s natural ups and downs.
All trips have good and bad. And the rough moments of a trip make us appreciate the good. (Not to mention, they are just great stories afterward.)
So, next time you’re booking a flight. Think of it as you’re booking a memory, not transportation.
After all, you’re booking trips that will create memories that will last a lifetime.
And that’s worth it.
5. Breaking Routine
I’m a huge fan of breaking routines.
Not in the sense of breaking habits but in removing yourself from your comfort zone now and then.
Getting away from your daily routine activities sounds tiring, but travel is an excellent way to recharge and reframe your mindset from the pushes of daily life. Whether in work, life, or relationships — travel is a perfect way to put things in a new perspective. And sometimes, you just need a break from the daily stress.
Travel helps you in multiple ways. It boosts creativity, helps you relax, and rejuvenates you as you return to your routine. And there’s nothing like recharging those batteries to give you some inner peace.
Remember, your routine will always be there. That trip may not.
6. Your body will thank you
Believe it or not, a benefit of traveling is how it helps your mental and physical health.
So even if you don’t care about the other reasons, it’s worth giving travel a shot for your health!
From boosting your happiness to your overall health, travel is an excellent way to help you. Visiting new places and having unique experiences have many proven scientific benefits. So this isn’t a mumbo jumbo. Studies actually back travel as a solution!
Also, you would think visiting a new place would raise your stress levels, but travel actually lowers them! Apparently, learning a local language, creating unforgettable memories, and discovering new attractions gives your brain a much-needed boost.
So, travel improves your quality of life and your health? Count me in.
7. Build friendships and connections
I have friends in every part of the world.
And when I return to those areas, I immediately contact them. There’s nothing like building friendships and connections with people, even in the most unlikely places.
But that’s what travel gives you. You get to experience how people live, their thoughts, values, and living conditions. And you often realize you experience things entirely differently. But that journey brings you closer to being a more empathetic person.
And that’s one of the main reasons travel is so important.
Whether domestic or international travel, you meet people who change your thinking.
Why do you think travel is important?
I hope this list of powerful reasons why travel is important helps you in your own life.
Traveling is important for personal and cultural development.
Travel allows us to learn about and experience new places and cultures and can help us grow personally and professionally.
Exploring many different places, trying new things, and meeting new people can broaden our perspectives and deepen our understanding of the world.
And all of that is the importance of travel.
So, don’t wait any longer. Book that trip and really get started with your travel plans!