We live in better times when more and more people are able to travel around the world. Gone are the days when travelling is only for the fortunate few. Now countries are opening up their territories to help improve their economies. This is true in Singapore where tourism is a major industry. We’re able to attract a whopping 11 million (and more) tourists every year. On a global scale, Singaporeans are also considered as one of the most frequent travelers. There are just so many places to go to but so little time.
Traveling provides an escape from regular life
I’ve read inspiring quotes that say we were not born to just pay bills and die. I definitely agree. If you want to attain a quality life, you need to have a good work and life balance. We’re given vacation leaves at work and it’s good when you want to just spend your free time at home so you can grab that much needed rest. But consider how travelling can be such a stress-buster, too. You are given a temporary break from your mundane life each time you travel. You go to places you want to go to where there are things you want to see, taste, and experience. You are out exploring what your eyes have only seen on movies and TV. You get to be and do what you only experience through the pagesof a book. In short, you get the chance to focus only on things you want and love. You get to forget problems and even entitled to forget temporarily.
Travelling strengthens bond with loved ones
Travelling with your lover, friends, and family is a good way to get to know each other better. You get to share rooms, spend a lot of time talking, get to eat together, experience new things together, discover together. Admittedly, conflicts may arise when you spend too much time together. But travelling also helps create unforgettable memories that strengthen bonds. Doing what you love most with the people you love is simply precious.
Travelling is a good investment
Those hesitant to travel point out that it’s too expensive to travel. It may be so. But it is also said that travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. Travelling gives you the gift of experience and unforgettable memories. These experience and memories are things that other people can never take away from you. This is because they become a part of you. So if you are to invest in something, invest in experiences. Invest in memories. Invest in your life. Go out and travel.
Travelling increases your knowledge
No one gets to travel and come back still ignorant or unchanged. Going out to the world means you experience other people’s cultures, you see things you’ve never laid eyes on before, and you interact with people of other races. You realize that the world does not revolve around you and your problems. You get to appreciate your life. You learn to understand and empathize with other people. Travelling teaches you in ways a four wall classroom cannot.