Local Viewpoint - June 24, 2015

The need to explore

It’s been said that the world is a book, and if you don’t travel you’ve only read one page. The need to explore and see the world is in the blood of a lot of people, which then creates a happier person.

Personally I’ve had the opportunity to move around a lot as a kid, and I say opportunity because it’s benefitted me to great amounts. My mom has a gypsy soul, and is ready to pack up at any given moment for a new adventure, and I’ve inherited that from her, resulting in me being here in Thompson, halfway across the country from my family and friends.

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When you travel you learn a little more about yourself, about the world we live in, and your soul grows bigger. You become ready for more adventures, more experiences. Here are five reasons why travelling is so important for a person during their time on this earth.

1. It makes you a happier person: Travelling to a new space will create a sense of wonder in a person, ready to explore and grow as a person. Your mental well-being will change from what you’re used to, and you’ll notice you’re smiling more, and excited to find out what’s out there to see. 

2. You’re expanding your knowledge: When you go somewhere you’ve never been before you will learn something. It could be that you’re learning the history of the place you’re visiting, or it could be that you’re learning new things about yourself. What you’re comfortable with, what you’re willing to do during a new opportunity. Any type of learning will expand your mind, and expand your knowledge, which you can then use in the future.

3. New friendships are formed: When you travel, especially alone, you are destined to meet someone new. Whether that be meeting a local and asking where the closest café is, or whether it’s meeting someone else on holiday,from the same country as you, you’re going to remember these encounters, and who knows, maybe a new best friend, or travel buddy could be formed!

4. You open your eyes: During a new experience I’ve noticed that I open my eyes a lot wider, and acknowledge how big this world really is, and how different places are from other places. You learn about new cultures, new traditions, and new ways of life. You get out of your normal day-to-day routine, and you see the world again, in an innocent childlike way.

5. You put down your phone: The world has become such a digital world, and when you travel, I believe that you get so excited to what you’re seeing you forget about your normal life, and you just exist in a travelling mindset, which helps you put down your phone. People document trips with their phones, videos, and pictures, but I personally notice myself not scrolling through Facebook or Instagram because I remember it’s still going to be there when I’m finished travelling, but what isn’t going to be there when I’m back home scrolling is what I’m experiencing in front of me, during that moment.

Travelling can cure depression; it can cure the bored feeling some people get in their lives. It will create a new sense of meaning for life, and it is its own type of medicine. If you’re feeling blue, travel. It doesn’t have to be across the globe, it could just be down a street you’ve never been down, or to a community you’ve passed but never driven though.

Constantly going somewhere you haven’t explored yet will help revive your life, and you’ll notice different thoughts in your mind, and your soul will grow, and the need to travel more and more will seep into your head, which then will help you create a better version of you.

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