“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain. The importance of travel is often overlooked by today’s generation as non-essential compared to worrying about the next essay in English or how many hours should be spent on the next paycheck. We as a society are more concerned about work or other responsibilities and miss out on all the other opportunities we want to experience. However, I think travel is essential in developing character and achieving true happiness. I also believe travel can inspire someone to find their purpose in life and become their best inner self.
Individuals travel for many different reasons, but the main one would probably be trying a variety of new foods. I mean, who doesn’t love new CUISINE!!! Go out and try spicy-kick Thai food or the sophisticated style of Italian cuisine. I’ve never tried sushi before, but I want to try it. The idea of trying something I’ve never had before excites me. Life is boring if you don’t experience different things in your life. Trying new flavors and spicing it up every now and then is a great way to develop your persona. Accepting new cultures, whether it’s music or food, you become a more open-minded and gracious individual. Another plus to traveling is learning new languages and different cultures. If you know 4 or 5 languages this makes you a more diverse and versatile human being. Also, you may find a new passion for learning languages.
Travel in some ways can help you uncover new interests you’ve never had. Not everyone in the world is going to have the same traditions as you. It’s very humbling to see how others celebrate their holidays or even how they greet each other. For instance, some countries have the traditional handshake as their greeting. However, others have interesting greetings such as sticking out their tongues or snapping fingers in a handshake. You have to be a very respectful person and be accepting of others’ customs or traditions. From traveling, you can take all your experiences with you and share them with your loved ones. Inspiring others to travel and teaching them how other countries live is exciting. Next time, you can take all your girlfriends to Dubai or go on a honeymoon in Jamaica. Then, you will feel so much more refreshed and relaxed as-well-as look at life from a different perspective. Make as many memories as possible with the ones you love and know that no matter where you go, each one will leave a lasting impact on your life.