Whether you’re a busy college student like myself or you work a full-time job, with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, the idea of travelling seems almost out of reach. However, I encourage you to take a step back and consider all the possibilities the world has laid at your feet. If you find yourself on the edge of a decision to travel abroad or not, consider these benefits.
Travelling Is Educational Travelling abroad gives you the opportunity to see the value of other cultures. It gives you a new understanding of the world’s people and might even shift your perspective on how the world works. Maybe the way you have been looking at global issues is not the only way! Going abroad and experiencing this first hand is a deeply educational, life-changing experience. You can read as many books as you want but you will never truly understand the world outside your walls until you go experience it for yourself. And how impressed will colleges, grad schools, and future employers be when you add a study abroad experience to your resume? It certainly speaks volumes about your ability to think outside the box, navigate new / uncomfortable situations, and behave in a culturally competent manner.
Travelling Builds Connections Never underestimate the power of a connection. Each person you meet has the potential to change your life. Whether it is someone you meet on the street or someone you roomed with at a local hostel, everyone has potential to become a friend. I met one of my very closest friends on a plane ride home from Ft. Lauderdale. Travelling is also a great way to expand your professional network. As the world gets smaller, it’s more important than ever to have connections outside your local area.
Travelling Promotes Growth With travel, comes spiritual, intellectual, and social growth. When you experience the beauty of the world, you find new ways to refresh your soul. Being in a new place can test your ability to adapt to difficult situations and thus hone your problem solving and critical thinking skills. These skills will not only serve to help you, but others as well. As travellers, we are better able to see the connection between the local, national, and international and have an improved understanding of our role as global citizens and leaders in solving the world’s problems.
I am in awe of the many wonders that are continually laid out before us. Travelling has given me endless opportunities to spread love, make memories, build connections, and grow to my full potential. I want to encourage those who are unsure about international travel. This short list contains just a few reasons to say YES to making the world a brighter place through international travel and education. Do it!!!