You might be justifiably sceptical of people who go on holiday ‘to find themselves’ and come back tanned and slightly more self-righteous a few months later. However, while a little introspection can never hurt, there really are some profound benefits to travelling.
Cate Palmer, writing in PickTheBrain, identifies six key areas where travelling can help you to improve yourself.
- Develop confidence: Get out of your comfort zone and meet new and interesting people; there’s a whole world out there after all.
- Embrace the unknown: To really challenge yourself, go somewhere where you don’t know the language or the culture – testing yourself will prove that you can cope with anything.
- Do something different: Break your routine and learn the value of novelty by doing something different or something that you’ve never done before.
- Take the initiative: When travelling, you’re the boss. Take control of the experience and learn how to direct things how you like them.
- Get good sleep: If sleeping in rough-and-ready accommodation teaches you one thing, though, it’s that good sleep is priceless – so plan ahead.
- Learn to learn better: If you resist change, then it won’t happen. Let yourself be in the moment, and let change happen.