Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
— Mary Ritter Beard
Gain Understanding Through Travel
Mary Ritter Beard had it right. A lot of people seem to think that travel is merely about taking expensive trips to posh locations in the tropics for 10 days of sun serve food and lots of booze. This might be part of the reason why few people do what is necessary to be able to make long-term
Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.
— Mark Victor Hansen
Gain Confidence Through Travel
People always say that this is not the right time to travel. And ultimately many end up using this excuse their whole lives. Because the truth is, it is never a good time to travel. Why? Because travel presents a challenge, and our lives are never completely perfect. We're never completely prepared for change, challenge, progress, growth or any uncomfortable situation - however good it may be for us.
The truth is, the benefits of travel outweigh the discomfort, and since it will never be a good time to travel, just travel now. What people don't seem to often realise is that the imperfections and challenges of our individual current situations, are often solved or even eclipsed by taking that leap.
This is because, travel is not merely the act of packing bags, taking a plane trip, staying in hotels, and experiencing new culture and cuisine, but it is also provides part of the solution to the very imperfections that we see in our lives that are holding us back In fact travel logistics are the smallest, most superficial practicalities of travel. Yet it is the intangible qualities that travel teaches you that are the true heart of it - the patience, problem-solving and planning skills, self-confidence and acceptance.
In life you need either inspiration or desperation.
— Tony Robbins
Let Travel Be A Catalyst For Progress
It's easy to get into a right in life. Especially if you have been doing the same thing over and over again, you will soon find yourself in a frame of mind and in a space in your life where things are not going anywhere. In fact they may even start to go backwards. It's at times like this when you least feel like getting out there and making things happen to create positive results in your life, that you need to do it the very most. At times like this, we often fail to act, until we are desperate. This is the worst thing that you can do, because it usually means that a situation has gotten so bad that we have no other choice but to act. The second option, is to find your inspiration. This is where travel comes into its own. Because travel makes you change your patterns, behaviours, sleeping schedule, food intake, a company keep, practically everything else, you cannot help but be in some way renewed, refreshed, or changed. And when this happens, inspiration is not far off. This
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move
— Robert Louis Stevenson
Avoid Stagnation As A Traveller
Sometimes, just have to get out of your cubicle. Although we can become quite comfortable in the pattern of our daily lives, everyone benefits from some variety. We can camping trips are not always enough. Sometimes, you just need to get out into the wide world and mix it up a bit. Travel is about discovery, seeing new things, happening upon new delights, sampling different foods, and seeing being in doing things and places that you've never been before. If you feel like you are stagnating, travel is the cure.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls
— Anais Nin
Travel Brings Us Together With Others
One of the most beautiful things about travel is the people that it allows you to meet. More than once, I have met someone and marvelled at the fact that had I not been out and about in the world, I may have never crossed paths with their soul. Musing on that point alone, fills me with a nervous joy. Nervous because I almost didn't meet this person! And of course joyful, because I did. You might think that among your circle of friends and family, there is all you could ever want and need in terms of friendship and social and emotional support. If that is the case, you are truly blessed. But, that is no reason for you to stop there. While the friendship of a friend or partner is of a certain type, the bonds made on the road, are also special and unique in their own way. The connection created between people that meet abroad who are all away from home can be a special camaraderie. Aside from this you will also meet local people from the countries that you are visiting, and they too will enrich your experience of connecting with other people in their own ways.
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for
— John A. Shedd
Find Your Purpose Through Travel
It is not uncommon for a person to feel out of place. This is hardly surprising, in our society is where we are often given a very defined plan for the future. Especially in the West, this involves over in a decade of conventional schooling followed by even more years of a degree program or similar. At the end of it, a lot of people go on to get jobs in their chosen field and soon begin to question whether have ended up. A lot of us follow the path set out for us, believing that it will be right for us when we get there – that is to our end destination, whether it be a job the house with a mortgage, or the marriage. This but a lot of people are simply left feeling directionless when they 'arrive'.
Travel can help with this. Not only this travel provide new perspectives, but it also separates you from your environment, allowing you to step back and see more clearly your direction going forward.
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page
— Saint Augustine
Let Travel Broaden Your Mind
Many people in the West like to consider themselves very open-minded and forwardthinking. In spite of this, you will find a lot of people who perceive themselves this way, and yet, have a very narrow and uninformed view of the world. It is the traveller, who admits most often, that the more they see the less they know. Travel often poses more questions than it answers. Therefore, the traveller understands quite soon how little they actually know. One of the best things a person can have is an open mind that is always ready to accept new ideas and learn from the world around them. Travelling is one of the best ways to make yourself just such a person.
You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out
— Daranna Gidel
Travel Creates An Attitude of Gratitute
So often, one of the sentiments shared by people who travel, all who have just come back from travelling, is that they are so grateful for what they have. Often, this is not shared in a way that is negative to the place they were visiting, it is more that they have seen people with less than themselves happier and grateful than they, and it has given them a renewed appreciation for what they have. Sometimes the gratitude stems from something simpler.
Travel can be difficult. It can be frustrating, confusing, scary, expensive, lonely and really just a major onslaught on the senses. Getting through something as confronting as travel can sometimes be, often leaves people with a gentle calm. A calmness born of gratitude that they were enough to overcome the challenges and to meet the demands that each day of travel brought.
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money
— Susan Heller
Practical Considerations For Travel
Travel teaches you some little used skills. It teaches you to value the important stuff, and dispense with the unnecessary. Travel is about seeing and being. It's not about possessing. We live lives that so often revolve around the acquisition of things, that we almost forget why he we acquire them. Travel brings you back to reality with a jerk. Money solves a multitude of problems, so having it spending it wisely and keeping it safe I your top priorities. Clothing, on the other hand, should be practical and limited to only those items necessary. Especially for long-term travellers, a valuable lesson is learnt about what we NEED to live from day to day. It is a lot less than you think.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain
When it comes to contemplating travel, this is the sentiment that moves me the most. If you have been giving yourself reasons not to travel for some time now, take a moment today to ask yourself whether or not these reasons are actually excuses. Contemplating travel and everything that comes along with it, can be scary. But at the end of the day, you want to say you did it. You want to calmly smile in the knowledge that you could have backed out, but she didn't. You saw the challenges that travel could bring, but you took it on anyway, and in doing so reaped the many rewards. As Mark Twain said, "Explore. Dream. Discover".
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Rota (author) on January 11, 2016:
Its so true..and wonderful that your mum let you convince her to travel. You must have been so happy when she enjoyed herself - made it so worth it I'm sure! Thanks for commenting.
FlourishAnyway from USA on January 10, 2016:
The world opens up when you travel. My mother was 60 before she left the U.S.. I had to convince her it would be fun. It took a lot of discussion and I was even paying. She loved it!