Travel is both addictive and life changing. Each trip overseas adds incredible experiences and adventures to enrich your life and transforms you in ways you never expected. For most people who venture overseas, one trip abroad is never enough, but just the start of a lifelong passion for experiencing new cultures and destinations. But before you try and shake off your travel addiction in favor of saving and settling down, here are 7 reasons why you should go overseas as much as possible.
Go overseas to expand your global mindset
Being immersed in different cultures, beliefs and living conditions will undoubtedly alter your perspective on the world, the inequalities that exist and what truly makes people happy. Particularly if you’ve grown up in a community where everyone lives quite comfortably, it can be confronting to step into a world where poverty is prevalent and people live on very little.
But each experience only expands your global mindset and makes you a more aware, educated and informed citizen. You will probably have a greater appreciation for the opportunities you have been given in life and the creature comforts back home. But you may also discover that happiness has little to do with material wealth and that community and culture play a huge role in people’s wellbeing.
Experiencing cultural differences first-hand breaks down barriers and stereotypes, and suddenly you can understand where other people are coming from. This is the first step in creating a more tolerant and peaceful world.
Go overseas to grow personally
Whether you choose it or not, traveling overseas will change you as a person. Being away from your family and friends will give you a new found independence that only grows with each new travel experience. Your confidence will probably also increase as you navigate your way through an unfamiliar culture on your own.
There’s also a certain freedom that comes with being away from your life back home and the expectations of family and friends there. When you are abroad you can be whoever you want to be, with the opportunity to explore new talents, challenge your beliefs and see the world from a whole new perspective.
Go overseas to boost your career opportunities
Experience traveling or living abroad looks great on a resume. Most employers see it as an opportunity to gain knowledge and independence which translates into a more rounded and mature individual. Each new travel experience only adds depth to your life experience skills, so don’t be shy to list each destination or adventure you have embarked on.
Volunteer or work abroad programs look particularly impressive on a resume as it shows you’ve taken the initiative to give something back. You’ve chosen to leap into an unfamiliar world to gain new skills and broaden you global outlook.
Traveling overseas also helps you think outside the box when it comes to your future career and you’re not confined to the limited path of studying at university then finding a job to last an entire lifetime. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to do something creative like writing or photography but never had the courage to take the leap. Being abroad is the perfect time to dabble in your hobbies and passions, and you just never know, they could lead to a whole new career.
Go overseas to have incredible adventures
Travel is all about adventure – from the planned to the completely unexpected – and each new trip opens up the door to so many new experiences and encounters. While life back home is often structured and follows a set routine, when you travel overseas this all goes out the window and you never really know what is going to be thrown your way.
It’s this sense of adventure that makes travel so addictive and the opportunity to fill your life with incredible experiences, rather than accumulating material things. When you are old and looking back on the life you lived, it will be the adventures and encounters that will stand out clearly in your mind, not the belongings you bought along the way. In this sense, overseas travel can play a huge role in creating rich and unforgettable lifelong memories.
Go overseas to retain your language skills
One of the great things about traveling overseas or living in another country is the opportunity to learn (and become competent or even fluent) in another language. It gives you a unique insight into the culture and for most enhances their experience abroad immeasurably.
People generally learn languages much faster when they are completely immersed in it, but retaining your language skills once you return back home can be trickier. That’s where travel comes in! The more you travel, the more opportunity you have to practice, and your ability to retain your language skills will be increased. As they say, “use it or lose it” and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to foreign languages.
Go overseas to rack up airline miles
The more you travel, the more frequent flyer miles/points you rack up and, in turn, the cheaper you can fly in the future. It’s basically a rewards system for using an airline’s services and those of their affiliated companies. You accumulate points based on how far you fly with a particular airline (and airlines within their alliance) or how much you spend on an affiliated credit card. These points can then be redeemed for flight tickets in the future.
Frequent flyer programs are free to join and most flights are eligible for earning points, so you’ve really got nothing to lose. Just make sure you enter your membership number when booking flights so that the points are applied to your account!
Go overseas to make life-long friends across the globe
Each trip abroad means new travel mates and you’ll soon discover just how close you can become to people in a matter of hours when you are thrown together in a different culture. Whether you’re volunteering abroad or traveling independently, the people you encounter along the way will leave a lasting impression on you.
As you make new connections and life-long friends, you’ll also have a (free) place to stay in destinations around the globe. You may also be inspired to travel somewhere you hadn’t previously considered because you want to visit new friends there or were recommended by somebody you met while abroad. Travel inspiration often comes from encounters with people and their adventures abroad, only adding to your travel “bucket list”.