Everyone should travel – at least once. I’m not saying you’ve got to climb Machu Picchu or backpack in Thailand, but there’s definitely something to be gained from exploring a new place – no matter where. It shakes up routine.
Don’t get me wrong – I like routine as much as the next person. There’s comfort in knowing how the next 48 hours of your life will play out. You feel in control, and that feels good. But that routine’s not doing you any favours. It’s making you comfortable.
It may sound counter-intuitive to smack talk comfort. We strive for it – and rightly so. My life is more comfortable now than it’s ever been, and it`s great. But every so often, you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Relinquish control for just long enough to allow for something extraordinary to happen, and travel is really good for this. Maybe you’ll connect with a complete stranger, or maybe your wallet will get jacked. Who knows? Just feel the sensation of not knowing – it’s a great reminder that we can learn new things – no matter how much we already know.
After all, our brains aren’t like our iPhones. There’s no storage capacity. It may feel like there is when you try to learn a new language and can’t jam in another verb tense. But the more you use your mind, the more you can fit in it – it’s kind of like a pair of well-worn jeans.
I’m amazed by how much people expand during trips. They come back all glassy-eyed and rosy-cheeked, telling stories about places that arouse my curiosity. I’m always happy to listen to stories from a recently-travelled friend because I know that I can’t see every exciting city that this world has to offer. Yet, despite this awareness, I know I’ll keep trying. Hey, maybe one day, I`ll even get to climb Machu Picchu.