Whether it is just a weekend break, a week away in the sunshine or a 3 month backpacking trip, travelling can open your eyes, rest your bones, give you amazing experiences, enable you see beautiful things and reignite your spirt. Simply put, I believe that travelling, in any capacity is a basic human right, and one that we all must take part in, and here’s why.
We live in such a fast paced world, filled with so many demands from family, work and home life that we all need to take a break from time to time. Whether you like to take skiing trips in the Alps, city breaks in Dublin or spend your holidays in Tenerife , a break away from the norm is imperative. Leaving your ‘normal’ life behind for a while gives you an opportunity to pause for thought, reflect on your day to day life and make better decisions about your future. When you are on the hamster wheel of life it can be difficult to see anything else other than what is right in front of you, a break away will help you see the big picture.
Travelling is just so much fun, some of you may like the ‘on the road’ backpack lifestyle, meeting people from around the World and seeing parts of the planet that you never knew existed. Others might enjoy laying on the beach, topping up the tan and doing exactly nothing or perhaps you’re the adventurous type and want an adrenaline fuelled vacation. Regardless of what you enjoy doing, your vacation is your opportunity to do exactly that, sometimes you may come back more exhausted than when you left but I can guarantee that you will have had an immense amount of pleasure along the way.
Travelling at any age opens you up to new experiences and to seeing other people’s way of life, I think that this is invaluable for how we act when we get back to our usual lives. For me, I think that you gain a greater appreciation for other people and a deeper appreciation of what you have. The experiences that you gain from people that you meet when you travel are often very different from any that you would get back ‘home,’ in my opinion these are the moments that make travel what it is .
Some of the best stories that people have told me occurred when they were travelling, even when things might not have exactly gone to plan, they always create a great story. Dinner table conversation often switches to ‘the time when I was in…’ and I think it’s one of the most fun subjects to talk about. From a personal point of view I love hearing and telling stories about far flung places, beautiful moments and amazing people that I have met whilst travelling and I think you become a richer person for it.
However you decide to spend your vacation time you should always ensure that it will be something that you can get value from, many people think that simply ‘getting away’ is enough but I think this only makes sense to a certain point. Remember that they are your vacations and you should spend them doing whatever you love, and don’t be scared to take a risk, travel is good for the soul.