It’s important to keep an open mind while travelling to allow for personal growth. Keeping an open mind allows you to be creative, think differently, and be accepting of different cultures as well as new experiences.
In my last blog post, I talked about how you should not just be a local, but eat like one too and follow your nose because each experience enriches our life experiences and allows us to create even more memorable experiences. All of this hinges upon your ability to keep an open mind!
The greatest lesson travel has taught me is to keep an open mind and to step out of my comfort zone by being open to trying and experiencing different and new opportunities. Often in everyday life we get stuck in the same routine – wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed etc. While this routine is comfortable, sticking to it too rigidly doesn’t allow you to challenge and open yourself up to different experiences and personal growth and development.
Now this doesn’t mean your life is boring, rather, you just don’t know what you’re missing!
For me, I didn’t really start travelling until about 5 years ago. Since then, I’ve never looked back. Before I began travelling, I had a sheltered worldview. My only ‘travel experiences’ were visiting relatives or family friends with my parents as I grew up. Overall I can’t say I looked forward to travelling. I know this sounds crazy, but to me at that time travel seemed like far too much of a hassle and I hated getting removed from my comfortable routines at home. I was also a workaholic and thought that money was everything and that I needed to work countless hours to achieve a state of happiness for my future. In my eyes, travelling simply took my money and time away.
Fast track to now and I am an avid traveler! Mind you, in everyday life I’m still a hard worker and saving for my future, but now I have a better sense of balance. By travelling I have learned how important it is to take time for yourself and how beneficial it is to step out of the daily routines we develop. I guess I also have my boyfriend to thank for this, who also eats up a lot of my time, but in a good way because we challenge each other to better ourselves and we both love to travel.
There’s a sense of thrill in travel, leading up to it, during, and after that you don’t get with any other experience. I like shopping and getting that instant gratification of buying something for a deal, but that’s a short lived high. It also quickly depletes my bank account so I can’t be doing that too often. Travelling, on the other hand, is the gift that keeps on giving and the experiences and memories from travel stay with you months and years after it’s done. Yes, this also will deplete your bank account, but your happiness and personal development is worth it. You are worth it. Life is worth living rather than constantly worrying about our future, bank accounts, or materialistic needs.
Travelling will take you places you have never been before, both physical and mentally.
Embracing cultural differences can show you ways that you can live your life in a more pleasurable manner. Learning from people in different countries where the pace of life is a bit slower can reinforce the need for us to take down-time during our busy days to let ourselves recharge and refresh. Adopting a more optimistic outlook can be the result of seeing how people in other countries roll with the punches and don’t stress over the little things, rather hold on to the positive experiences in life.
All of these lifestyle changes and experiences gained from travel are not possible if you don’t keep an open mind and open yourself up to the unknown. It’s exciting isn’t it? Like a rollercoaster ride when you are rising to the top and expecting a quick drop only to find yourself being whisked through a dark tunnel with twists and turns of excitement.
Don’t be afraid of the unknown and live a little. Keep an open mind in travel, but also in your everyday life. Doing so, will change your life for the better – it did to mine.
Do you have a mind opening experience or do you have a travel experience you would like to share? Don’t forget to like, comment, and share if you found this post helpful – I post a new blog post every Sunday!
Ciao for now,