After reading this article, I expect you to take that trip you have always wanted, explore, see and appreciate the beauty in other climes, make travel a hobby. Below are few reasons why travel is essential and fun.

Traveling is healthy and could possibly be a cure

The health benefits of traveling are numerous and all-encompassing; from relieving stress, to lowering your chances of developing a heart disease. In addition, hiking a mountain or relaxing at a beach or chilling away from the noisy urban areas, administers its default soothing effect on your body and as such help you feel better, both mentally and psychologically.

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears – Cesare Pavese

Traveling turns you to a story teller

After every amazing, perhaps a sad or tragic trip, experiences accrue and memories abound. Eventually, this becomes a story you share with loved ones, friends and acquaintances. These experiences can later metamorphose into a possible story-line or a novel. I have accrued a lot of stories from my experiences as a traveler. I have literally taken people on a trip from their comfort zones without them visiting these places yet, just like reading a blog post or novel about a place.

Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell – Paula Bendfeldt

Traveling aligns you with nature

Some of us, have been too busy with the civility of our urban settings and lost touch with a large percentage of what nature offers. But when we get to visit our beaches, national parks, waterfalls, forest reserves, zoo, or take a hike on the great mountains and steep valleys, we get knocked into some natural setting of which we have deprived yourselves of – and we tend to appreciate what beautiful nature offers.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Traveling aligns you with you (getting in touch with yourself)

Traveling sets you up with opportunities and similarly, issues/situations. How you tackle these opportunities or issues, gives you an understanding of who you really are and as such aligns you with who you actually are. This gives you the opportunity to think, reflect on your life. Traveling is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself.

Wanderlust isn’t about running away from it all.  It’s about experiencing the outside to discover the inside – Unknown

Traveling disconnects you from your daily life

Traveling sets you away from your normal daily life (job, routines and activities). Moreover, we tend to be so caught up in our day to day lives that often, we can reason greater harm than good by simply sticking around.

is your superior indirectly taking over your life? At home, are your children loving you madly? Are your parents attempting to make you live the existence they want? How long do you assume you can handle this pressure earlier than you burst and everything falls apart? In all neutrality, travel is not a terrible option, it is a way of inducing the feeling you miss an individual or that you are missed.

Traveling expands your perspective

Traveling lets you see, feel, taste, experience cultures, climates, meals and values usually different from the one you are accustomed to. Ultimately, modelling the way you currently see, access or opined about things and situations. You get a wide view, knowledge, standings of events, situations, cultures, issues and also, possible ways of handling it.

One’s destination is not a place, but a new way of seeing things – Henry Miller

Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell – Paula Bendfeldt

Traveling makes you smart and sparks some level of creativity within you

Indeed… it does! As you travel, the things you see, feel, hear, experience are constantly absorbed consciously or unconsciously. More so, this fuels your mind (memory) with possible imaginations, because you have stored up so much reality and possibilities in your memory. This in some way, sparks up some level of curiosity and the why(s) and how(s) on the possibility of certain things. 

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind –Seneca

Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled –Mohammed

Traveling improves your understanding of several things and constantly teaches you

Oh! What education can one receive outside the four walls of a building/school except for travel? Traveling teaches you every step of the way; only if you are willing to learn.

Staying in your comfort zone, probably feels comfortable, but what an infinitesimal fraction of the world you then to occupy. So many people travel for various reasons, but some travelers like me and few others are drawn with compassion to understand why a certain group of people behave the way they do, why they listen to the kind of music they listen to, their traditional and religious rites and passages, their significant history, their geographical location, the politics, structural beauty of the place, their local delicacies, why they are yet to fully embrace civilization and urbanization or simply, their way of life (culture).

Some of these things are deep rooted that merely visiting wouldn’t seek out the understanding of these things, except you interact and seek to know and understand the untold story of a people or place (the myths and folklore). This in turn, creates within you an open mindset, an unbiased perspective of the world, opens you to tolerate and understand who they really are, what they represent and how they choose the represent it.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Traveling permits you to try out amazing local delicacies

Oh Food! … Food!! … Food!!!
Being a good cook doesn’t stop you from exploring your taste buds with amazing delicacies littered all over the world. Going to a restaurant uptown to taste this delicacies is still a plus but a local trick. Eating local delicacies as you travel is a vibe some people have apportioned to the foodies, grubs, food bloggers and vloggers; this shouldn’t be the case. Trust me, eating a local delicacy in that village, town, city or country where it is known for, is totally a plus and ultimately gives a different experience in itself. As you travel, you discover the real deal.

Travel broadens the mind and so does foreign cuisine

Taste your way around the world

Food is our common ground, a universal experience – James Beard

Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture – Mark Kurlansky

Travel deepens friendshipexpands your social network which in turn might increase your net-worth

Whether it’s a day-cation, time out with co-workers or a week-long vacation with your childhood or old school friends, travel will remind you why you grew to become pals with them in the first place, and how appropriate it is to spend centered time together.

Travel is also an exceptional way to make new buddies and beneficial connections  both fellow vacationers or locals. Meeting and befriending new and amazing people is quite beneficial. And as soon as you’ve bonded, new chances for traveling in the future unfolds.

One of the principal motives why I love traveling is that I consider and believe that establishing reasonable connections and network abroad is a smart thing considering our world today. It is sometimes challenging to build long-lasting relationship with the individuals you meet abroad, but it is worth it.

An Instance: I’ve spent my 2018 New Year’s Eve and New Year in Minimah. I and my friend were accommodated my a friend we had connected and contacted via a traveling group and had not met previously . Now, we are good friends and make trips together. There are many other instances too.

Kudos! To all my travel buddies and future travel buddies… I love you all.

There is an unspoken bond you create with the friends you travel with – Kristen Sarah

A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you – Unknown

I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them – Mark Twain

When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee –  Helen Hayes

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls” – Anais Nin

Traveling makes you an adventurer

The benefit of traveling to a new place is that it forces you to face the unknown and think differently. Adventures require novelty. In other words, get out of your comfort zone and explore.

Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” – Drake

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Traveling creates lifetime memories

Every trip, domestically or abroad, there is always something you take back with you – that is memories. These memories linger with us for a long time. And we can choose to reminisce these memories at will.  Reminiscing on this desirable instances gives you joy and more so, reasons to take another trip and create more juicy memories that last a lifetime.

He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.” – Chinese proverb

Take only memories, leaves only footprints – Chief Seattle

Traveling makes you appreciate your home and life the more (No place like home)

Exploring another place will make you admire, appreciate several things and above all, life in totality. The demands from our daily jobs and routines often throws one off our appreciative nature of what we have and leaves us hassling continuously about what we don’t have. But as we travel, we see how people in other climes live, the happiness they constantly express regardless of what they have and how they live.

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

You develop a sympathy for all human beings when you travel a lot.” – Shakuntala Devi

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” -Edith Wharton

The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.” – Unknown

Traveling adds value

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher Hershe
 

Kindly add your reason(s) in the comments section below.

My first blog post explains why I love travel

And Beyond writes about 10 reasons to love travel. Read up

– With love from TheLastGoodMan!

17 Comments

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Thank you. You should give it a try.

  1. Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled ??.
    I haven’t traveled as much as I would like; I’m working on correcting that?, but since I started reading about your travels, I know there’s been a deep yearning in me to travel .
    Trying new meals , meeting new people, the adventure, learning new things and maybe languages , just being one with nature….These are all i look forward to when I travel ??
    This was such a good read TLGM

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      That quote got me too, and I felt I should share. You should start traveling more; trust me, you won’t regret it. Thank you Rita!

  2. My best part is definitely the new foods part… Lol… I also love to meet new people of different cultural backgrounds and see the world from a different perspective through their eyes…Thanks for this. I’ll be looking forward to more

    • Professor Evans Reply

      This is brilliance in exhibition!
      Beautifully written piece!
      Well done, Duffy! I’m super proud of you!

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Oh Food! In the words of Erma Bombeck “I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food”. Meeting new people is totally awesome. Thank you Skilla!

  3. Great read. Inspiring. I think I need new experiences.
    Thanks for this rich reawakening.

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      I am glad my write up inspired you. Thank you for reading.

  4. Traveling leaves you ‘BROKE’ you didn’t add that part oh.
    Travel buddy of life!

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Thank you bro. You are valued, stay safe!

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