Travel REALLY is the Only Thing you Buy that makes you Richer
Bucket List Worthy
By Jenna Davis | August 15, 2014
While this may be a tough concept for some to understand, it really is quite simple. Try and consider your travel expenses as a life investment. Compare your travel costs to your house, your valuable antiques and your stock exchange.
The great Mohammed once said “don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” Travel experiences can be used in so many walkways of life. Your job interviews, resumes, business plans, family life and character can all being improved and added through your travel experiences.
Given that travel is so much more affordable today than it ever was for our parents, grandparents or great grandparents, it really isn’t much of a ‘high cost’ luxury as much as it used to be.
No one ever told you that working Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 was a mandatory role for the rest of your life. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, so get out there, learn, love and live.
Become rich in knowledge and experience:
Rich in Language
You can ask anyone who has learned a language in a classroom and in a country, why learning abroad is both easier and more rewarding. Learning a different language in a foreign country is a very frustrating and nerve racking experience. You will be placed in situations that embarrass you and force you to push your limits. While speaking a new language in a foreign country, you are going to learn a lot faster and learn the true conversational language of the locals.
Rich in Culture
You can study culture from books, or you can experience it first hand. For example, visit Africa and join in on a celebration with tribal paints, potatoes, pap [a rice like meal] and braai [barbecued meats]. Not only will you remember this experience for the rest of your life, but you will walk away with heaps of cultural knowledge you never even expected to learn.
Rich in Emotion
Being able to embrace these cultural experiences will bring forth both positive and negative emotions. No matter what the emotion, what the experience is, you will still come out of your travels with a much bigger understanding and a huge appreciation for adventure.
Rich in Support
Many of us have learned about international development and poverty in school, but at the end of the day, do many of us really give back? By learning about international development and poverty first hand, you are able to actually give back and help make a difference in other peoples lives.
Rich in International Relations
Friends all over the world will help teach you many valuable lessons and educational facts about different countries, even which you have never visited. International friendships and connections build more social ties which can be great for your social life, work life and over all quality of life.
If we were all ordinary is this world, there would be nothing extraordinary about life itself. We have always known that there are two types of ways to learn, through hand-ons experiences and through books. Realistically, how would you like to learn? Would you like to read a book on WWII and the Holocaust? Or, would you like to visit the concentration camps in Germany and Poland while learning about the real life stories from victims themselves?
We were born to be adventurers, to push our limits, so get out there and live your life, become a true global citizen of the world and share your stories with others.
I am a 20-something Canadian travel blogger whose home address is as unknown as the next destination I will be visiting. I run my own travel blog at www.giveforgranted.com with a focus on affordable travel and unique experiences. Helping keep our true north strong and free, I have also developed a non-profit organization which supports northern Canadians living in poverty. Give for Granted.
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