Travels open us to the world, teach us, confront other cultures, thanks to them we meet new people and discover the farthest corners of the world. Some travelers prefer sightseeing according to a fixed plan, others decide to be fully spontaneous – each of us has his own style.
And this diversity in traveling is the most beautiful and valuable. Each of us travels, but for each of us a journey means something different. It is worth looking at traveling widely, not only through the prism of leaving and packing a suitcase, but also in the context of our emotions and needs.
No matter what, you go for a walk to the nearest park, plan to cycle for a few kilometers, take the route, or decide on a van life, you start your journey when you plan and decide.
Don’t get attached to your vision of just a foreign holiday – microclimbing allows you to explore the charming corners of the region. Beautiful places are within easy reach (or maps). A modern and quite unusual form are virtual travels, thanks to which we can move to the farthest places on Earth, enter museums, or peek at animals using internet tools.
We take care of our welfare
Tours and travels allow us to catch our breath. A short trip allows us to take a break from everyday life. Some of us are hungry for nature – we leave the well-known room for a night under a cloud. “Back to the roots” is then the best recommendation for a trip. Others want to relax in comfortable conditions, wellness centers or in the best hotels.
Time for yourself is an important part of taking care of your mental well-being. We draw joy from discovering, we give ourselves time to calm down difficult emotions and feel full of life. Each of us needs time to be good to ourselves.
We have time for the desired activities
Time off from work (at least in theory) frees us from everyday pressure. On vacation, we let ourselves rest, not think about deadlines and commitments – just enjoy what is around and focus on what we need. Staying outdoors refreshes the mind – physical activity allows us to catch our distance. We rest and have time to think about some things, although we know that some of us need a holiday after a holiday to get back to work.
We open ourselves up to what is new
During the journey we go beyond our comfort zone. We decide to take steps into the unknown, take action. Have you noticed that extreme conditions trigger in us deposits of patience, prudence or creativity?
We are not able to predict the course of events, so we adapt to the prevailing conditions. In difficult situations we suddenly find a solution, and the more unusual the action, the better we remember it and gather it in the form of memories.
We release our creativity
We forgot something important. We can’t get the articles. And suddenly, our readiness to invent new uses for things we own is rising to the heights of creativity. From a blouse we make a turban or a mask, a shoelace serves as a trouser belt, a shoe and a trunk serve as a camera stand. With a little bit of willingness we are able to conjure up new functions of seemingly simple things.
Diversity is OK
We want to get to know people, stay with the inhabitants, learn about their rituals, discover their culture. We look for common denominators in the farthest corners of the world. Thanks to travel, regardless of the distance between the places, we can finally change the climate, scenery and company. We like original tastes, traditional events and local stories about the region. Diversity enriches our lives.
The way to the destination is important.
Have you ever lost your car route or gone down the wrong narrow street as suggested by navigation? Changing the plan of action and giving yourself a chance to “get lost” in the urban jungle can be exciting – sometimes it is worth to act spontaneously and give yourself a chance to explore new places, but also your own readiness to discover surprises.
Mathematics, biology and geography in practice
Using maps or car navigation develops your spatial imagination. We learn how to plan a goal in logical order. We calculate travel costs, calculate possibilities. Our inborn intuitions and abilities have a chance to appear during trips. Can there be anything more fascinating than a living lesson of nature? We learn during action, and travel is the best example of this.
We have an intercultural dialogue
Knowledge of foreign languages on a communicative level already allows you to start a conversation and deal with the most important matters on the go. We improve our language skills, learn accents and phrases we hear. What if we don’t know the language spoken by people in a given place?
Then non-verbal communication, i.e. facial expressions, eye contact, smile, body language or simple pointing of specific objects, comes to our aid – most gestures and facial expressions are recognized by people all over the world, but let us not forget about cultural differences. If we have any doubts, let’s reach for a guide or glossary before we leave and check if the place we visit is not culturally different.
The joy of life
Travelling is often at the top of the dream list. Desires to leave, reach the top, touch the distant land can build our motivation, become goals or a vision of the future. Travel gives us a sense of freedom, strengthens our self-confidence, tests relationships and enriches the baggage of experiences, simply gives us joy. Memories remain with us forever.