Ever since I was a kid, I have always loved the adventure of traveling, and discovering the unknown, something different, something new. I have been extremely lucky to feed my passion for travel. Many people out there share their passion while others do not. But, why do I love it so much? When I was younger traveling quickly became one of my interests because I enjoyed seeing the variety of different cultures, people, and perspectives. Traveling to various countries in the world gave me the experience and knowledge to make me an open minded person, and help me become the person I am today.
Traveling overseas helped me become a better person. It opened me to new cultures, people, experiences and challenges. Traveling got me in touch with who I really am. When I went to Singapore a couple years ago I was surround with open minded people that encourage me to feel comfortable with who I am. My self-confidence allowed me to explore a new city without knowing a soul and find happiness in the fact that a friendly ‘hello’ from a traveling stranger is just around the corner. Travel also made me appreciate the small yet important things in life. With nothing but a backpack we explore the world whilst leaving materialism behind. We pack what we need and nothing more. Which taught me to learn to live with the essentials.
It is sometimes hard to have a broad perspective on things because for most people, they are born and raised only having a certain perspective. Before I had any traveling experiences I thought that I had done everything there was to do and seen everything there was to see. However, nothing really changes the way we view our own life experience like seeing the way other people across the world live. Not only did this challenge me to live among different types of people, but it also made me open to learn more about the world we live in.
Traveling made me soak in new languages, new lifestyles and what people in foreign countries value. Traveling also helped me face modern challenges and come up with creative solutions by being able to think from a multi-national perspective. Back when I went to Germany, I found that most people didn’t speak much English. I worried about the language barrier. However, I was still able to get around, ask for help, and order at restaurants.
To conclude, traveling taught me a great deal. It taught me to be open-minded about people and their cultures and to be respectful towards them, which is essential in my opinion. Traveling expanded my knowledge of history and made me view the world from different viewpoints. It also gave me a new understanding of other cultures and values and helped me become more independent, self-reliant and self-confident as I learned to navigate in the various destinations I travel to.