Research itself suggests that traveling can drastically cause improvements in health, productivity, relationships as well as career development. According to a website HDM, it has been proven that taking an annual vacation can decrease a person’s risk of a heart attack by 50 percent! Over half of employed families in America admit to feeling reconnected with their families, on returning from a vacation. In terms of students, those who travel to study abroad become more open-minded, trusting, confident and tolerant.
In the TED Talk by Tomislav Perko, he gives us an insight into how one can travel the world with almost no money. It is definitely interesting to see how Tom travels from one place to another by hitchhiking, living at host places, listening to people's life stories during car rides and so much more. His TED talk is proof that traveling is an adventure. All it takes is a little bit of courage and company to set out into the real world and explore the abundance of possibilities.
Maya Angelou once said, “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” I myself was born and raised in India and I had the opportunity to travel to the United States. Although this wasn’t an ideal travel experience that people envision, this trip changed my life in ways I could never imagine. And even though I came on a trip, a trip to a new country I would call home, unlike trips that people venture out on for vacations, it was nothing short of an adventure to gain more knowledge about different cultures in the United States, different people, different foods, ideals etc. I believe that venturing out on this trip at a young age opened my eyes to a world of possibilities and changed the way I related myself to the world around me. This is why I believe that traveling can make a person humble enough to realize it’s not all about them. By traveling out into the world, you step out of your comfort zone, you take risks that you would not undertake otherwise. This helps you build your self-confidence. Choosing to travel to a country that speaks a language you might be unfamiliar with, pushes you to deal with uncomfortable circumstances, meet new people, and make new friends along the way. By venturing into cultures that might not be as fortunate as yours, you have the ability to gain important perspectives.
Another reason why people tend to put off traveling is that they choose to do so after retirement. But is old age really a guarantee? We may or may not live long but if you travel young, you can savor the happiness of having done something you will not regret. Traveling can help you appreciate those history and geography classes you were bored to death with during your school life.