About 100 years ago, commercial airplanes were first introduced (although they were much smaller and slower than today’s planes and highly uncomfortable).
Over the decades, it’s become easier and cheaper to fly than ever before.
If you told someone a century ago that they could hop on a plane from the US and be in Europe within 8 hours or less for a couple hundred bucks, they’d call you crazy.
But crazy back then is what’s normal now.
It’s fascinating and something that all of us should take advantage of, especially considering how cheap flights can be!
So how exactly can traveling help you succeed in life?
Getting out of your comfort zone
By traveling you can take a dive into the unknown, aka get the fuck out of your comfort zone.
In many aspects of our lives, we LOVE to remain in our element where we know exactly what’s going to happen and when. Where we are in as much control as we possibly can convince ourselves that we are in.
By exploring new frontiers, you put yourself completely out of your zone of comfort and into the depths of who really knows?!?!
In doing so, you can come to the realization that your worst case scenarios aren’t always as bad and exaggerated as you make them out to be in your head.
You can use these experiences as a reference for situations in your life when you are stuck or difficult decisions have to be made. When you remember that taking a leap of faith into new adventures could be positively impactful, it could make your circumstances much easier to see through.
Experiencing new cultures
When you branch out and expand your horizons, you get to discover new worlds that you would’ve never realized existed previously.
There are so many unique places in the world (almost 200 countries!) and with that comes a plethora of different cultures to experience. From the food, clothing, art, architecture and language, to rituals and ways of living that are truly a sight to see.
When we visit other places, we instinctively compare and contrast them to what we have and how we live. We begin to recognize the tiny details when we interact with natives to the countries we visit and how they go about living their lives.
You cannot put a price tag on these experiences, the new perspectives that you gain and the lifetime of memories that are created from them.
Cultivating gratitude for your life
After traveling and returning back to your normal life, you begin to realize how grateful you are for the small things.
For having warm water to shower in, air conditioning, a car, clean streets, minimal crime, ability to pursue goals, etc.
When you physically witness the way others live in different countries, you discover just how much opportunity you truly have at your fingertips.
It enables you to think from a bigger picture and understand that you really have the chance to make your life any way you envision it being.
The more you travel the more you begin to level up and go deeper into what life is all about, which is growing your gratitude, gaining new experiences, learning from them and incorporating them into making your life as fulfilling as it can be!
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” – Unknown