The importance of travelling

As the proverb says: travel is to live. Since I started travelling often I realised how true this motto is. I tend to measure my time from one trip to the other, so when my day at work is particularly hard I’m motivating myself with simply stating when I’m going to visit some great place. Right now I’m counting days until my next adventure: I’m going for a weekend to Brussels, Belgium with a couple of friends and that is exactly what makes me endure some tough moments.

The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.

So why is it that sometimes we forget travel makes us happy and instead we rot at home? Mostly it’s the amount of chores we impose on each other, deadlines, sometimes feeling overwhelmed with social issues and workload. I know that when I become corporate robot I forget about anything really and simply sink in all the chores. If you’re in the same place right now where you walk and walk but you’re always in the same spot and feel zero motivation to move and drive anywhere really, here are several reasons why you should keep going and never give up on travelling.

1. Travelling broadens horizons and makes you a better person

It sounds strong, doesn’t it? Like getting into a car and driving to a nearby city for a sightseeing tour would make you truly a better person. And yet… It’s true, or at least I believe so. Going on an excursion always broadens your horizons. Even if it’s very short, to a place you’ve already been to, it’s still going to teach you something. It’s going to build up your experience and simply make you wiser. Example? Visiting another nation and learn about their culture.

Bonus anecdote: When I moved to Portugal (for my Erasmus) I was pretty much disgusted with all the people simply snapping their fingers to call a waiter at a restaurant. I thought it’s so rude! And yet… it’s normal there, so I learned that when I’m in Warsaw, I don’t have to get all airtight and silently rant and rave on their bad manners, but rather understand they might come from a completely different place than I do.

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A photograph of Prague, Czech Republic 2018

2. You can learn another language and improve your CV (resume)

Learning languages is vital. I don’t think I can stress enough how amazing it is to be able to communicate in a foreign language wherever you go. Right now, I’m using skills I learned years ago and can (hopefully) successfully communicate with you, my dear Reader in English. Before I moved to Portugal I used to learn the language from books and some additional classes, but only when I moved my knowledge of Portuguese sky-rocketed. Knowing languages can improve your position in applying for a job or even grant you get one!

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Nazare Beach in Portugal, 2014

3. Travelling makes you stay younger

Ok, I might not have any scientifical proof that it’s true, but I do believe travel makes you more active and therefore younger. Constant planning and plotting stimulates the brain and sightseeing is a great way to reach your 10000 steps needed for a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, when you spend so much money on plane tickets and hotels you just can’t afford food anymore… Just kidding, although it might be true in some cases. For New Years Eve this year I travelled to a city of Torun in Poland. Just for one day, a very short trip. And during this day I visited so many places, I walked more than 20 km in less than 10 hours!

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Barcelona, Spain, 2014

4. You can make friends from across the globe and cement relationships you already have

Meeting people from around the world not only broadens the horizon (see point 1), but also creates connections which not only let you have so much fun, but also allow you to travel further and cheaper. I keep in touch with many of my friends from Erasmus and we’ve exchanged many trips (I travelled to their hometown, they visited mine) for a fraction of a normal price. But what’s most important? The memories, because as you know, people forget years and remember moments. All these precious moments laughing at similarities and differences between our cultures (sometimes very distant, hello, my Brazilian friends!), teaching each other various things or simply hanging around could never be the same if I only had friends from my own country.

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Porto, Portugal, 2014

5. Travel lets you experience amazing cuisines

Oh, the food… how I love it. One of the best virtues of travelling is trying out different cuisines, flavours and products. My long time dream is to visit Italy, Parma, to be exact, and try all the amazing dishes there, including pizza with potatoes and different flavours of pasta. When I visited Croatia last year I fell in love with white wine (Grasevina), sea food, eating freshly caught tuna grilled at the beach, watermelon at noon under an umbrella, and so forth. Celebration of food teaches us love of life. I also learned several tricks of Croatian and Portuguese cuisine and definitely improved my cooking skills.

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A great steak in Lisbon, Portugal

So let’s go on an adventure!

So, don’t dwell on tough times, take a look at some sites with cheap flights, bus or train tickets or even, for a free trip, pack your bag and venture to a place you’ve never visited in your city. Learn new things and don’t let work and chores overwhelm you. Travelling really is a sollution for sadness!

Do you travel often? If yes, did you learn anything interesting during your trips?

Let me know in the comments.

34 thoughts on “The importance of travelling

    1. Bora Bora? You must be over the moon! I’d so love to travel there and enjoy the beach 🙂 meanwhile what I can enjoy is snow and freezing temperatures 🙂

  1. This was a great inspiration. I do agree that travelling is important. It is a great way to improve one’s language skills. It the perfect way to learn about different cultures and culture. I never travel. I wish I could, but my health problems are too serious.

  2. Well hello, I’m actually not much of a traveller but I do adore listening to others travel stories. I’m a real home buddy. BUT, I have travelled a fair bit in the past. Goa (India), Brooklyn and Florida America, Barcelona and Guyana (South America Caribbean) and Paris too, etc. Travelling is definitely great for the soul and does keep you youthful. Also learning another language is fantastic. I would love to learn Spanish, great post : ) xo

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  3. YES to all of this! I’m happiest when booking a trip and of course while on one. We are going on a cruise in the spring, and I’m hoping to squeeze in another trip or two before the end of the year <3
    Green Fashionista

  4. This is such a wonderful read dear. I completely agree with you, especially on number one. Indeed, it broadens your horizon – you don’t just get better understanding of the world and the different cultures out there, you also know yourself better.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  5. “TRAVELLING MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON” is such a true statement, coming from someone who has experienced this. Whether holidaying or travelling are separate things, I notice that going abroad changes your overall view on life as a person as you see life being lived in a new perspective which is quite cool. Also, travelling makes learning languages SO MUCH easier. I say this as I’m currently studying two languages and travelling to countries which speak the two languages I learn cause me to active practice and learn the language, automatically making my vocabulary better. Thanks for underlining the importance of travel and I’d be sure to share this post with as many friends who haven’t taken up the idea of travelling yet😅

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  6. I’m FINALLY going to Europe this spring so this post and stumbling upon your blog felt very timely for me! I’ve always loved traveling but having a lot of health issues in the past or being a student or both have held me back, but now, I’m ready to go explore!
    Fantastic blog & blog post!
    xx
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  7. I loved this! I miss traveling so much! I haven’t flown in such a long time and I cannot wait! I hope the new year is treating you well! ♥

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  8. I absolutely LOVE to travel especially for the cuisine! I work full-time and have kids so it’s harder to get away. This year, I would really love to go to Morocco so I’m hoping I can make that happen!!

    Beautiful photos!

    Janine
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  9. Great post! I love traveling as well and I try to do it as much as I can! I love seeing new cultures and learn about other way of living 🙂

  10. I agree with you that traveling is really important and it honestly is the best! Food is always one of my favorite parts when going to a new place. And even though there is no proof of it, I think you’re right that traveling makes you stay younger. I hope you have a great time on your trip!

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