How Traveling Can Become a Personal Development Experience

Every year, the Mister and I aim to travel at least once internationally and maybe once or twice domestically. It’s important for us to take a break from the daily grind, and take time to explore new places and have new experiences.

Aside from being beneficial to your health, traveling can also become a great opportunity for self-development. Here’s why:

1. It takes you out of your comfort zone and expands your boundaries

“Before anything great is really achieved, your comfort zone must be disturbed.” – Ray Lewis

Staying in your comfort zone feels nice, and reassuring, and familiar. You know your surroundings and your routine well. But if you want to grow and develop, then you have to go past your comfort zone and learn new things.

2. It boosts your confidence

This is one is closely related to item number 1. While traveling, you will have to deal with a different environment. Even the most basic things to do – getting around, getting your food – will be different that what you’re used to. And when you gain new experiences and become more independent, your self-confidence grows.

3. It releases your mind from the confines of your perspective

People can be close-minded sometimes, and can be the root of stereotypes, racism, sexism, and every other “-ism” that is dividing our world. You sometimes think that what you know is the only thing that’s right. The truth is, people are different from each other. Traveling opens your eyes to other people’s cultures and beliefs. You experience, even for a bit, how other people live their lives, and you become more tolerant to other people’s beliefs and way of living. Disclaimer: Traveling may be a starting point, but it still takes respect for other cultures and way of life to broaden one’s mind.

4. You appreciate how small you are and how big the world is

Traveling can be a humbling experience. The more new things you see, the more you realize how little you know. This slight release from self-centeredness makes you open to learn and understand more things about the world and other people.

Traveling doesn’t need to be a big, expensive, overseas trip to be enjoyed. It can just be somewhere within your country that you haven’t been to yet. Get out there, explore, and have fun! 🌏


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