Do you need to be adventurous to go on an international trip? Let’s delve into what it takes to go on a journey “out of the states.” Well, first, a real international trip should include flights, which, while they may seem expensive, are the quickest and best way to see new lands. For the price of the latest smartphone or HDTV, one can book a round trip ticket to most cities in Europe. By taking that step, you can taste the local cuisine, learn a new culture, and even possibly start learning a new language.
People often get caught up in their daily routines that they forget there is so much more out in the world than in the county where they live. Taking the time to plan a trip overseas can help combat much of life’s daily monotony. An international trip can help build confidence, relieve stress, improve mental health, and reduce job-related burnout. Many scientific studies show that oversees travel helps both women and men lead better, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. Just the actions of planning a trip begin the health benefits before the trip even starts! Studies also show that the benefits linger weeks and months after returning home
By traveling overseas, one can be fully immersed in the local culture, seeing architecture in person, not just in pictures or videos. Seeing the Eiffel tower, the Roman Colosseum, the Swiss Alps, the Great Wall of China, and thousands of other unique buildings and places have so much more meaning when seen in person instead of a 2-dimensional screen. Going on excursions utilizing a trained local guide in the country you are visiting is a great way to learn about the history, the best places to eat and shop, where the best local entertainment is, and so much more.
International travel gives one a new perspective on their life, building confidence, expanding your comfort zone, and taking you out of your daily routine by being in new surroundings. It is the essence of experiential learning and, perhaps, one of the best investments in personal education, so much more than collecting material “things.”
In conclusion, international travel can open you to new ways of thinking, learning about the customs of the country, developing better relationships with those traveling with you, or even meeting new friends. Exposing yourself to new cultures, landscapes, and cuisines will help you lead a better, more confident life when you return to your routine. And then you can start planning your next adventure!