Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why Travelling is Good for The Soul

We all love to take a holiday, get away from the humdrum of our lives. But travelling is more than just some time off. It is not just a vacation to recharge our batteries. Travelling is a means in itself. In other words, the best travels are those that are undertaken for their own sake. So what makes traveling so important for our soul?

Meeting new cultures
The world is a huge place and parts of it are startlingly different from ours. Travelling takes us to new people and introduces us to unique cultures and traditions that exist in this world. It widens our perception of human beings, of the different practices, customs and traditions that are followed around the world.
In some cases, we get to see for ourselves places we have only read about. The best part, however, is finding something which is completely different. You get a chance to learn new languages, new ways of interacting and different kind of food that is eaten around the world.

Changing perceptions
The best part about traveling is its ability to change perceptions. Unless we step out of our safe little boxes, we cannot understand the world that is so different from our little box. Travelling has the power to change our believes, widen our view of what is acceptable and what is not.
You may think that certain believes are sacrosanct and then you find a whole culture that lives and breathes while defying that very belief! Some societies are rigid, while some are almost without any restrictions; some run on rules and regulations, while some are anarchies. Traveling teaches us that every human being –– no matter their race, colour, religion –– has the potential to achieve greatness.

Adapting and resourcing

This is almost a by-product of travelling. Any seasoned traveller will tell you that no matter how complete your preparation and planning, something can and will go wrong. You will find yourself without your passport, your return flight will get cancelled, the hotel booking will fail to come through or some other catastrophe will occur. In such cases you will just have to pull up your shoelaces and find some solution. It will force you to adapt to new tastes, people and ideas. You will have to eat something you thought unacceptable, sleep somewhere you never thought you would, communicate with people without either of you understanding the other!


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