Living a comfortable life is pretty easy. It can also be pretty tempting too if we’re being honest with ourselves.
Continuing to not take risks, can lead us to falsely believe very little can go wrong. While it may be partially true, it also means that you miss out on some of the most amazing experiences that life can throw at you.
This is why travel is such an incredible (and important) thing. You might hear people constantly going on about how important it is to travel and how it’s something that every single person should do, and it can be tempting to write those things off as people trying to show off (which can be the case.)
It’s time to stop being comfortable and start embracing the incredible things that life has to offer you! To help you get started, here are just a few reasons why living a life of adventure is the best thing you could ever do.
It Opens Your Mind
Everyone wants to improve as a person, or a least they should. There’s nothing more uninteresting than someone who has no interest in broadening their horizons for developing in any way.
When you travel to new and exciting places, you really do have no choice but to develop and grow as a person. It’s downright impossible to stay in your own little bubble when you’re thrown into the excitement and confusion of somewhere new.
Every new place you visit can be a learning opportunity. You might want to study Italian in Italy or learn about the history of a once great civilization by visiting their ancient temples.
Sure you can do these things from the comfort of your couch, but there’s no substitute for the real thing.
Some of my most wonderful experiences have been when traveling alone. When I was younger it did make me a little nervous, but that nervousness quickly turned into an exciting, empowering feeling.
The experiences I was fortunate to have do not compare to any material possessions I have since acquired.
The Opportunity to Create Amazing Relationships
It’s almost downright impossible to be closed minded when you’re constantly meeting new people from every corner of the globe. You’ll very quickly discover that people from other parts of the world see things differently, communicate differently, and think differently.
You’d be amazed at how rich and wonderful the relationships that you form with people from around the world can be.
Not only will you learn from each other but you’re likely to discover things about each other that transcend any cultural boundaries and that are truly universal.
I remember my first trip to Chicago (alone) when I was younger during fourth of July. I knew almost no one there, but ended up leaving with friends from all over the world, hanging with locals, and having so many moments I wouldn’t have been privy to had I not taken the chance.
Becoming Experience Rich
One of the major complaints against travel is the cost involved. This is one of the few genuinely legitimate factors against packing your bags and going somewhere new.
But the vast majority of people would actually have plenty of money for traveling if they weren’t spending it on things that they really don’t need.
Buying possessions might feel great in the moment, but over time your interest in that thing will start to wane.
A truly wonderful experience, however, is something that is likely to stay with you for your entire life, enriching and increasing your appreciation for the world around you and your place in it.
We are so fortunate in this day and age to have more affordable options like HomeAway and AirBnb. Take advantage of each, and don’t forget to comment when you’re on your way (I love to track friends adventures!)