The ability to travel around the world is one of humankind’s greatest achievements. Early on, it was only possible for the wealthy Greeks and Romans to travel for leisure; but, as time went by, cultural and technological advances made it much easier to get from place to place.
Now, most of us can take an airplane from Europe to the United States in less than 10 hours. And, even though it may seem like the world is shrinking, the ability to see more and do more has never been more accessible than it is today.
Getting out and seeing the world is not only exhilarating but it’s educational. It’s a hands-on lesson in history, culture, geography, and sociology that no classroom can provide. Whether it’s zip-lining over jungle canopies, bartering in a marketplace, or observing wild animals in their natural habitat, traveling allows us to learn about the diverse landscapes and cultures that make our planet so interesting.
It’s also a chance to expand our horizons, to challenge ourselves and to see things that we’ve only imagined or seen in movies and books. And, it’s a chance to create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
One of the most important lessons learned from travel is that anything can happen, and it usually does! Embrace the fact that you’re not in control and don’t try to force it. Allow your days to unfold on their own, and be open to taking an impromptu detour or saying “yes” when someone invites you to meet their family or try a new activity. The spontaneity of these experiences will add to the overall adventure and are often what makes the best stories later.
It’s important to remember that the world is not as dangerous as the corporate news media makes it out to be. Sure, there are places that are more dangerous than others and it’s a good idea to keep your wits about you and always be aware of your surroundings, but don’t let fear of the unknown prevent you from exploring your surroundings.
Travel is the most exciting thing you can do. It teaches you that everything is possible and makes you realize how lucky we are to live in this amazing world. So, start planning your next trip and live your dream! You won’t regret it.