Ways travel changes you for the better

There are moments in life that change and define who we are. Travelling to a new place – taking off into an unknown adventure, completely open to the world and whatever comes – is exactly one of these moments.

Travel teaches us not only about the world and other cultures, but also about ourselves. While travel changes people in many different ways, there are some things you can expect to happen while travelling that will change you for the better.

You’ll gain a sense of independence

A young woman bicycles across the canal - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Regardless of whether you’re travelling solo or with someone by your side, travelling helps you become more independent in ways you might not even realise. You’ll have to figure out how to get yourself from point A to point B, what you want to see and do each day and how to manage your own budget. All these little things might not seem like much at first, but each is a small step towards building a stronger sense of independence.

You’ll break out of your comfort zone

By removing yourself from the comforts of home and all the things that you are most familiar with – like the language, the weather, the food and even the people – you start to see the world and yourself in a new way. Things that used to seem scary or uncomfortable to you, like eating alone at a restaurant or diving off a cliff into crystal-clear blue waters, won’t seem so scary anymore and you’ll be able to do things you never dreamed were possible.

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