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Why Travelling Is One Of The Best Forms Of Personal Development

21 March, 2022

There are many reasons to travel. One you might not have thought of is that it’s one of the best forms of personal development!

First, what exactly is personal development?

It can be described as consciously improving yourself, your self-awareness, your knowledge and your skills.

Travelling will test you in all kinds of ways, physically and mentally. No amount of planning and preparation can stop this from happening, there’ll always be hurdles to overcome! But along the way, you’ll realise it’s all for the better.

Here’s why travelling is one of the best forms of personal development.

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It’s uncomfortable

Travelling is a sure way to escape your comfort zone.

You’re in a new environment. The food, culture and languages are different. It’s a continuous road of discovery and in the process, you’ll have to adapt to all the things you’re not used to while leaving behind the things that you are used to.

To what extent you’ll be leaving your comfort zone very much depends on the destination and if you’re solo or with others and other factors. But the bottom line is, you’ll be escaping your comfort zone whatever the case.

Why’s this a good thing?

Put simply, we need to leave our comfort zone to grow. And growth is good because it helps us to reach our full potential and feel fulfilled! More about that here.

It gets you out of your bubble

What’s your ”bubble”? It’s your everyday routine. Your circle of friends, your job, your habits… even your thoughts!

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our bubble that we lose touch with who we are and what’s really important to us. Travelling helps us to look at life with fresh eyes. We all like a ‘fresh start’ sometimes, whether it’s a new year or starting a new job. Travelling is another opportunity for this.

At the same time, it opens your eyes to a different way of life which can be humbling.

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It won’t be plain sailing

”Go travelling!” they said. ”You’ll be fine!” they said…

Challenges are bound to come your way while travelling, such as having to dodge pickpockets, getting lost or even getting sick and having to seek medical help.

You may also face some mental challenges, such as loneliness, anxiety and culture shock.

Whatever the situation, it’ll push you to rise above it and not let it get the better of you. The more you go through, the more you realise you can handle pretty much anything that comes your way.

Your confidence will grow

Not only will the bigger challenges help you to grow in confidence, but the smaller things as well. For example, striking up conversations with strangers, being able to get from place to place without asking for help and learning some key phrases in a different language.

Before you know it, you’re getting the hang of this travelling thing and it feels great!

You’ll get to know yourself

Once you take yourself away from your usual environment, group of friends and routine, you’ll embrace a different side of yourself and become more independent.

Loneliness is inevitable – especially if you’re travelling solo – but you’ll learn how to manage that feeling over time.

Final thoughts on travelling and personal development…

It’s normal to feel anxious before travelling. If you’re struggling to take the plunge, think about how much you will benefit from the experience and don’t let fear hold you back.

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Nottingham, England

Hi, welcome to Travel With Holly! I'm a twenty-something-year-old, environmentally-conscious travel lover, trying to see as much of the world as I can while sharing my experiences with you. Whether you're here for some informative travel tips or just some inspiration, I hope you enjoy browsing this blog! If you’d like to follow along with me then make sure you subscribe.