Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living – Mary Ritter Beard
An Old Fashioned View
Throughout university, I participated in these really pressuring career meetings where I’d meet an advisor and talk about my plans for the future.
“So Daniel, what do you think about the prospect of a 4 year graduate programme as a banker or accountant?”
“Hmmmmm….. I’m not really interested in that actually! I want to travel the world doing nothing but experiencing for a while.”
“Well that could be a waste of time Daniel. What about the gaps in your CV? You’ll look inconsistent to employers and will find it difficult to get a job and bla bla bla.”
I swiftly left the office.
Travel and Experience
When I talk about travel, people often tell me things (including my mother) along the lines of “go do it while you are young” or “get it out of your system”.
I call bullshit.
1 – You don’t need to be young to enjoy travel and you can have an enriching experience at anytime in your life.
2 – Travel is not some kind of course that you graduate from and then move on to something else. It’s an ongoing vehicle for experience and one’s personal
A Vehicle for Personal Growth
Since 2012 I’ve used the road of travel as a catalyst for my own personal growth. I’ve learnt more in the last 3 years about myself than I had in the prior 21 years of my life.
Travel has helped me become more self-aware and understand myself better.
With time to myself on the road, I got closer to discovering my vision for life, goals, passions, and on the other side of the coin, the things I didn’t like.
I threw myself into difficult situations that I didn’t have the chance to experience in my home life, and as a result, accelerated my own personal growth.
Travel is a great vehicle for new and diverse experiences. Unlike routine day to day life, it’s difficult to anticipate a travel experience.
Who knows who you will meet? Who knows what you will try? Who knows what you will see?
You’re plucked out of routine, your comfort zone, and pushed in front of new cultures, people and places on a daily basis.
You get to experience how people live and interact. These people will challenge your beliefs and encourage you to question your world view.
Ideas To Get The Most Out Of Your Travels
Of course, experience is what you make of it, so it’s perfectly fine to go and travel spontaneously with no plans and see what happens.
But for anyone who wants to add purpose to their travels, my best advice is:
Create a vision that involves starting a project or taking a passion on the road with you while you travel.
Here are some examples off the top of my head:
- Journal your experiences and your thoughts.
- Learn a musical instrument.
- Start a travel blog.
- Write a book.
- Learn a new language.
- Become a digital nomad and run a business on the move.
- Teach something – languages, sports, musical instruments.
- Create a mission for yourself – e.g. man powered mission, live off €5 a day, hitchhike 10 countries, run across a country.
There’s power and intention in having a clearly defined goal to work towards while travelling. It will challenge you to grow by stepping outside of your comfort zone and at the end of it all you’ll have something else to show employers for your travels, as well as your experiences.
Travelling with a purpose can be a very enriching experience for one’s personal growth.
But remember, you don’t have to travel with a purpose.
Maybe you want to be spontaneous and let the road take you wherever it will take you.
That’s perfectly fine, and it’s all about what feels good to you.
Thanks for reading and all the best,
Daniel Beaumont, Thursday 4th February 2016
About the Author
Hello everyone, I’m Daniel – a 27 year old writer from the north of England, currently living in Bucharest, Romania, where I’m currently writing my first book.
I am passionate by the human experience, especially the connection between travel, life and personal development.
Since 2012 I’ve been on transformational journey, travelling 40 countries across 4 continents.
During my journey, I discovered that travel is a great catalyst for one’s personal growth, and now I want to share want i’ve learned and empower others to embark on their own personal travel journey.
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