Traveling is seen as a waste by society.
A waste of money, time and effort. It is a long vacation, an excuse to rid yourself of responsibility. This couldn't be further from the truth.
I am going to lay out a few reasons explaining why I think traveling should not be seen as a luxury, but a necessity.
LEARNING TO BE ALONE
Throughout my travels I have noticed that the time between waking up and dinner was easy. You could explore in that time. You could do whatever you want. The night time was different. All around were people, together. Going for dinner, going to a show, going to a bar. It emphasised how alone I was.
It felt awkward going to a restaurant solo at first. Sitting alone at a table in a restaurant filled with couples, friends and families. I missed the interaction.
However after a while that feeling subsided. I learnt to be alone. I learnt to sit with my thoughts and be content. I learnt more about myself in that time than at any other point. It was just me, my ideas and my imagination.
LEARNING TO LIVE OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Traveling throws you out of your comfort zone. You are meeting new people and exploring new spaces. You are standing bare to the world. You can no longer hide behind the safeguards of home. Jump into the adventure.
LEARNING TO MISS HOME
Being away from family, friends and loved ones is difficult, especially at the start of any trip. You have no one looking out for you, no one checking up on you, no one to lean on. Traveling gives you a greater appreciation for the world you so desperately wanted to leave.
LEARNING TO EXPERIENCE
Experience new places. Experience new people. Experience new food. Experience new cultures. Experience new ideas. Experience. Experience. Experience.
Experiencing anything new helps you grow as a person. Yes this sounds horribly clichéd and disgusting and I am sorry about that. It is true though.
Experience gives you a form of education you cannot get at Harvard or Oxford. You learn about the people. You learn about the economics, politics and history by being there. You can explore the effects that the past has had. Travel is the very best supplier of education.
I am a proud graduate of the 'University of Travel 2014'.