Have you ever had that “slap in the face” moment in your life? You know, the moment you feel that you have reached sudden clarity and it has only happened in order to let you grow as a person? My “slap in the face” happened in 2011 when I left North America to go on my first international journey to Mombasa, Kenya. I’m not going to tell you in detail about my experiences there, but all I can say is that leaving home that summer was the best decision I had ever made.
Since that trip, I have only come to realize that getting out of your comfort zone and exposing yourself to something new and unknown only benefits you.
Traveling is one of the most valuable things that an individual can have in their lifetime, yet many people feel that it is an unattainable luxury. People need to realize that benefitting from traveling isn’t only restricted to international travel. I want to not only promote my belief about the importance of travel internationally or domestically, but I also want to show people how possible it is.
I know that the perception of travel sometimes merely involves a superficial image of a breathtaking sunset on a beach, or The Eiffel Tower lit up at night, or an aerial view of Niagara Falls, which has only been manifested through social media in the past decade. There is nothing wrong with social media platforms such as Instagram or Facebook, but people need to see that there is so much more to traveling. I am encouraging people to not only see those stunning sites and views that exist in this world, but to also interact with the people from any given place and immerse themselves within the culture.
I firmly believe that when people learn more about the culture and lifestyle of other individuals across the globe, then they will adopt qualities and habits that they would have perhaps never witness within their own country.
Through experiences that transcend what you know and are most comfortable with, you are able to grow and mature as and individual, which is more valuable that any materialistic object in this world. Instead of being afraid of what is foreign or unknown, it’s better to be afraid of you limiting your development as an individual, so go ahead and encounter something or somewhere new for yourself.