Whenever I mention my plans for wandering across SE Asia, I’m usually greeted with one of two responses. Either that person immediately gets it and is intrigued with the methods. They want to know more and perhaps hope to do something similar with their time. The other response is quite simply: “Why?”
6 Benefits of Wandering
Something magical happens when you engage in hazardous and exciting activity. You expand your comfort zone by raising your tolerance for uncertainty. Things don’t always go as planned while adventure traveling, and that’s part of the allure. These situations teach us how to cope with the inevitable curve-balls of life. We all have setbacks and disappointments and learning how to deal with these is fundamental to success.
Often times the shared knowledge of others doesn’t make sense until backed by personal experience. You can read and watch videos about a crowded foreign market, but you’ll never be able to touch, taste, or smell the delicious fruits hanging there. Don’t let yourself become satisfied with perceiving the world with only 2 of your 5 senses.
3.) Communication Skills
A large part of today’s social experience is online. The internet connects us at new levels and truly enhances our relationships. We wouldn’t be here without it. Yet, it doesn’t help us become more sociable humans. The only way to do that is to get out and meet people. Traveling forces you to interact with a wide assortment of individuals. This improves your communication skills at a global level. It’s also through these conversations that you gain insights into the fundamental differences between people, such as their life priorities. This increases tolerance, brings about self-reflection, and leads to positive personal growth.
Wandering opens you up to new and interesting ways of thinking. It brings fresh thoughts which never would have been possible otherwise. A simple change in surroundings – a shift in perspective – is usually all it takes to overcome blocks on your creativity. Yet new experiences don’t just bring new ideas. They also alter the ways in which we look at old memories, leading to a richer understanding of our lives.
It’s so easy to go about our days on auto-pilot. We drive the same roads to the same places every day, and the routine is so well practiced that it requires almost no thought. Traveling abroad breaks these chains of habit, forces you to think objectively, and allows you to live in the moment. Normal things you’ve stopped noticing become evident again. You gain a greater level of respect for just about everything, including your limited time. This respect for yourself and others is increasingly important for properly adapting to globalization. It’s a small world after all.
Ah, the ever elusive emotion. It seems hard to obtain when we don’t have it. Yet simply having positive plans to look forward to can causes happiness to compile day to day. Each goal that you accomplish towards your plan is another boost in positivity. Plus, the adventure itself brings about feelings of accomplishment that are as warming as the return to family and friends. From the anticipation of leaving to the conclusion of returning home, travel continuously brings contentment.
Consider always having a trip planned. It doesn’t have to be to the other side of the world, and it truthfully doesn’t have to be somewhere new. Just having something exciting to look forward to can be a huge emotional boost. It keeps our hope and positivity at the maximum levels essential for success.
It’s the transient places that allow us to best escape the habits of ourselves. Only when monotonous activities are broken are we forced into new and novel ways of thinking. — Break the monotony. Do something different. Expand your comfort zone and gain new perspectives. It’s important to realize there are many ways of living that are drastically different from those we are accustomed to.
What benefits do you hope to achieve through wandering? Leave me a comment below !!