I’ve written about the importance of traveling on here before, but it was years ago. After the conclusion of my most recent trip I’m writing about it again.
Since April 2016 I’ve gone on five separate trips. The shortest of which was two calendar days and the longest was eight. I’ve enjoyed every minute of every one. But this isn’t a recap of any of them. This is about why I’m always planning my next trip and why I’m taking them more frequently.
What I do when I visit a new place depends entirely on where I’m going. I’ve walked the National Mall in DC and I’ve spent two days in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. I’ve hiked through Valley of Fire outside Vegas and visited four different presidential libraries. Every place on the map has something different to offer. Which is why the number of destinations I have in mind is endless.
What happens when we visit a new place? We experience a different culture, a different way of life, and probably learn things we wouldn’t if we stayed home. It’s my single goal to learn all I can during the time I have. I’m 27. If I continue to broaden my horizon for years and decades to come, then once my time is up I’ll have experienced so much of what earth and its inhabitants have to offer. I cannot think of anything more fulfilling.
During the course of life priorities will always change. For example, right now I’m thinking of buying my first house. But I believe it’s extremely important to step away from the monotony of our day-to-day as much as we can and to use that time to learn and explore. Traveling takes a lot of planning, a lot of time, and often a lot of money. I most often go places for a week, but there’s no rule. If you have to save for a year for that trip of a lifetime you’ve always wanted to take, then do it. Or if you’d rather drive an hour outside your city to visit some place you’ve never been, it’s no different from visiting a city on the other side of the world.
Travel. As much as you possibly can. Because there’s an entire world out there for every one of us to see.