Whether you are planning your gap year, a sunshine break, or a 150 country trip around the world, one thing is certain - you're infected... with a travel bug! But don't cure it, embrace it! Check out our top three tips to learn why jetting off on your travels might be the best decision you'll ever make.
One - Learning and self-discovery!
Visiting other countries gives you the opportunity to try new foods, meet new people and experience a different way of living. Why not get involved in the local community and cook together, play a sport or teach each other your native language?
Travel educates us and levels our perspective on the world. It allows us to open our eyes to the generosity and kindness that the world has to offer. You will leave being a richer person without spending a penny.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust
It can be hard leaving your friends and family behind, but taking a home comfort item with you can help if you find yourself getting homesick. A small, light object such as a photograph is perfect and can easily squeeze in to a gap in your rucksack.
In these situations, it is important to keep yourself busy and stay positive. Although your friends and family won't be with you physically on your journey, they will be keen to see what you are up to on your travels. Remember to send them travel updates and photos via email or consider doing a video call.
"œI see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it." - Rosalia de Castro
Two - The adventure of a lifetime!
Make the most of your travels and aim to absorb as much as you can while you are there - climb to the top of a mountain, volunteer, watch the sun set, skydive, make new friends, snowboard, or take an elephant ride! Even getting lost and then successfully navigating to your destination creates a great sense of accomplishment!
Make it an adventure to remember!
"œWe live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." - Jawaharial Nehru
Three - Travelling makes us happy!
When we do things that we love, such as a sports activity or eating certain foods, our bodies release natural 'happiness' endorphins. Doing these things on a regular basis enables us to feel less anxious, less stressed, and lead a happier and more fulfilling life.
Travelling is definitely no exception!
If you find you have a travel bug constantly whispering in your ear, then sometimes the best advice is to listen to it! Remember, the world is your oyster - choose your destination, book your ticket, and enjoy the ride!
"œTwenty 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
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