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Reet Cheema Apr 17 2014

10 reasons travel can change your life

Reema Bhalla Apr 17 2014
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Everyone has their very own reasons to travel. Some people travel for work, some travel for pleasure while for others it is just a way of life. They travel to live and to escape at the same time.

Whatever might be the reason to travel, here are few ways in which travelling would definitely change you:

Enjoy being alone

Whether it is about enjoying a croissant alone in a cafe in Paris or roaming in the bustling streets of Chandni Chowk or that stroll by the beach, there is something therapeutic about being alone and being at peace with it. While you soak in a new culture, you also connect with your own inner self.

Learn to adapt

It is a different world out there, literally. Be it the pace of life, the language or simply the change in weather, it is always a change and you have to adapt to it. This is what makes travelling truly beautiful as you break away from the routine and adapt to something totally new.

Experience a new culture

Every place comes with its distinct cultural habits, you can not think about New York without talking about its fast paced life and about Italy without enjoying its relaxed lifestyle. Similarly, while visiting the UK you might have to be a bit formal in your interactions with the locals, on the other hand, while greeting the people in Thailand, one can be really warm and casual.

Broaden your taste buds

Travelling without experiencing the local food is just not complete. It is not only a culinary experience but a cultural one as well. After availing a Bangkok package, a trip to Bangkok is incomplete without trying the hawkers serving pad Thai. If you are in London, fish and chips have to be savoured and Italy is all about the perfect wine and cheese pairing. In Spain, Tapas is a way of life and the street food in Mumbai has an iconic status.

Photo of street food (by icqgirl)

Carry souvenirs

Of course one carries back plenty of memories but these are the more materialistic ones. Buying a miniature of Eiffel Tower or Taj Mahal, a Venetian mask or the famous petha from Agra is a must not only for yourself but also for your loved ones. It is rightly said when you travel to a place, you carry a part of it back with yourself.

Photo of Venetian Masks (by NorbertNagel)

Get out of comfort zone

From simple experiences like the weather, way of life or food to the more adventurous ones like trying a new sport, travelling really pushes ones boundaries to the core. You might end up participating in a street carnival in Recife, Brazil just like the locals or trying the local delicacies (read insects) in Thailand.

Indulge in Photography

It does not matter whether you are a professional or not. It is also irrelevant whether you have a DSLR or a very basic camera, while travelling what matters is the love and quest for seeing beautiful places and the sheer joy of capturing them in your lense. Travelling would in return give you your very own collection of amazing postcards of beautiful sunsets, snow laced mountains or sunny beaches.

Learn to escape

Travelling is the best way to break the routine. If you are in a bustling city, go ahead and experience the country life. If you are in a rural place, travel to a bustling city and experience its madness. Stressed with the city life or work pressure? A spa break in Himalayas or respite at one of the best hotels in Kerala is a must try.

Appreciate Nature

The quest to explore more when one is travelling always leads to a sense of amazement about nature. While most of us keep a track of technological advancements, Nature has its own ways of outshining all of these. The Antelope Canyon in Arizona or Turquoise Ice in Russia are the finest examples of this. For more, check out the most unbelievable places around the world.

Get closer to your own roots

While one travels and experiences a lot of different cultures and practices, it definitely brings one closer to his or her own roots. Travel helps one appreciate one’s identity and culture. For example, it is heartwarming to see people in London relishing chicken tikka.

Photo by Chetan Karkhanis

Travelling is all about experiences. They can happen in terms of culture, people, places but most importantly with ones own self and this was all about the different ways in which travelling can change you.

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