Today, I’m going to talk about a new topic —traveling.
Do you think there is a relationship between traveling and time
Most of my travel tends to be for business these days, but with each
visit to a new city or country I try to find time to relax and explore
my surroundings. Travel is so surreal and I’ve learned that every place
has a uniqueness and beauty meant to be appreciated. Experiencing warm
fuzzy feelings in a new place isn’t the only reason that I try to
indulge in every travel opportunity I can. Traveling can actually make
you a healthier, more well-rounded person. Sound impossible? Psssh.
Here’s 5reasons you should travel more…
It Gives You Perspective – You know those problems you’re having that
should be followed by the hashtag #first world problems? The issues
that we find tearing us down in our day to day life are often washed
away when we travel. You can visit towns and countries and environments
that are so different from your own, that you’ll gain perspective on how
others live. You’ll realize that sometimes things really aren’t that
bad. And you’ll likely gain a greater appreciation for the simple things
in life. You’ll also have a better understanding for different cultures,
which means you’ll be more accepting of diversity or things you are
unfamiliar with once you return home.
It Reduces Stress – If you’re only traveling for work that may not be
the case, but the more you travel for pleasure (even if just a weekend
trip away), the more time you have to unwind and recharge. Traveling
takes you away from your day to day worries–no checking emails
constantly, stressing about cleaning the house, or simply fixating on
things that will clutter your mind. Traveling lets you focus on you,
your feelings, your wants and allows you to only focus your mind on
things that bring you joy.
It Increases Your Knowledge – Traveling is actually believed to
strengthen the brain. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking
about all of those school lessons you sloughed off and didn’t learn
about the people, the history and the architecture of the world.
Traveling is pretty much the most amazing history class you could ever
hope to experience! It increases your knowledge on places, but also can
help you learn new languages, new hobbies, and my favorite, new foods!
It Helps Your Physical Health – On the most basic level, traveling
can make you more physically fit. When you site see or visit a city with
a great public transportation system you likely walk everywhere. Plus,
if you’re doing any outdoor adventure vacations with epic hikes then
you’re getting some major cardio in. But that’s not all. I recently read
that not taking vacations can increase your risk of heart disease. That
may not be an immediate concern, but why not travel your heart out while
you’re young and cut that down risk ninja style.
It Makes Us More Social Beings – This holds especially true if you’re
traveling alone. When you travel one of the best ways to immerse
yourself in your environment is getting to experience your location like
a local. That often means talking with the locals. You’ll find yourself
striking up conversations with fellow travelers and current
residents–proving to yourself that you’re more outgoing and open than
you think. Traveling helps us to build stories as well, which means
you’ll have more to connect with other people about once you return
I hear quite often people tell me that they have neither the time nor
the money to travel. Sometimes they will say they have the time but not
enough money or they may say they have plenty of money but not time.
Michelle Obama, former first lady of the United States once said that
traveling ten thousand miles is better than reading ten thousand books.
I am an experienced and passionate global traveler. I once made a plan
to travel throughout Europe with my son for one month during summer
holiday. Despite the time and budgetary challenges this presented, I
achieved my goal.
In the past few years, have had to make the time to travel in order to
achieve my dream. I’ve also had to teach others how to make the time to
travel. I earned that time by working hard to increase my work
efficiency and increasing my money through careful planning. You can do
The first step is to want to travel. You must have the dream and then
you must set the goal. A quote goes that “The world steps aside for the
man who knows what he wants.”
You must start with the dream not on the off chance that it will come
true but because it can never become real unless you dream it first. It
is a necessary first step. If you spend time finding a way to achieve
it, time will prove everything is possible.
I will talk about several aspects of traveling in the next few lessons.
Today I want to talk about the purpose of traveling.
What’s the purpose of traveling?
There are four parts of this in my opinion.
First, traveling should be an opportunity for you to relax.
Traveling at least once a year will help you relax your body and refresh
yourself for the next year. Having this refresh point will allow you to
plan and execute the next year with new energy and focus.
Over the course of a year people, like you, become exhausted working
almost continuously, leaving little time to sufficiently recharge, eat,
sleep and be with family.
Because of this, most people don’t get even one change in the year to
fully recuperate. Even during holidays and mini-vacations, most of that
time is spent preparing for the festivities. Traveling can be the chance
for you to relax, recharge and free yourselves.
Second, traveling is a chance to see the world differently than your
used to seeing it and expand your perspective.
Why do you think it means that traveling a thousand miles is better than
reading a thousand books?
I think it means that experiencing and observing the world first hand
will help us truly expand our perspective and build an outlook that will
change the way we see and act in our daily lives.
We spend most of our lives operating in the same routines each and every
day and in those routines we gather the basic necessities of life and
make contact with the same people. Traveling to different lands allows
us to see differences in culture and habits – habits borne out of
cultural ways. The world you experience contrasts greatly from the world
you’re used to.
As one of the presidents of Harvard University said, life is a journey,
not a destination.
The third purpose of traveling is to see how others do things
differently than you do and achieve the same or greater happiness.
You will learn many new things during your travels.
You can apply the things you learn from your travels to your work and
life to make things easier, different and more rewarding to you.
A traveler in ancient Greece said the world is like a book, but only
through travel can we read to the end of it.
Most people live in the same city all of their lives and rarely venture
Most haven’t been able to see the wonders of Beijing such as the
Forbidden Palace, the Temple of Heaven, and the Bird’s Nest – three
great attractions in Beijing.
Each day of life brings us love and hate in turns and often we can
become affected by this cycle. We start to expect it. It becomes a habit
But we aren’t aware of how love and hate forms for others throughout the
world. Traveling gives us the new perspective that we don’t have to feel
the way we do sometimes. We can feel like others do.
The fourth reason to travel is to create motivation.
Many of us work to make money. We work smarter not harder. We try to
improve. And the reward for all of this is have time to relax and enjoy
If we have a concrete goal such as travel to work towards and apply our
hard earned income, we’ll work more seriously and pay attention to the
details of our work.
Traveling is a wonderful thing for so many reasons and in the end it
will increase our efficiency and the value of our work. Isn’t that a