“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
I’m a Nomad. To me, the transformation that happens within is the best evidence of why travel is important. Recent studies of chimpanzees in Uganda showed that those who travelled farther and farther each day in search of food, were much more resourceful and intelligent than the ones that didn’t. So yes, travel does make you smarter, and here are other reasons why I think travel is important and why it has been a huge part of my life:
Travel makes you stronger
Travelling gets you out of your comfort zone and puts you in situations you’ve never encountered before. This builds resilience and strength that you never knew you had.
It broadens your horizons
Travelling offers the unbeatable experience to learn about other cultures and traditions. This not only brings a different perspective on life but also teaches you to be open-minded and to respect and appreciate other people and their points of view.
It helps you learn about yourself
When travelling, take the opportunity to create your own journey, step away from the daily life, focus on yourself and follow your instincts to new discoveries.
Builds friendships for life
Travelling builds curiosity about life and other places and people. Similar experiences bring people together and sharing them builds the strongest bonds.
Grows your creativity
Immersing yourself in new experiences, tastes, smells, sights, and languages sparks different parts of your brain and promotes new connections. It helps you to think outside the box and see how one thing can mean so many others.
Jack Kerouac said it simple and best:
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
About Agata Bisikiewicz
Agata is a Design Recruitment Consultant based in our Become Melbourne office. She has lived a nomadic life and travelled the world for the past 11 years. To know more about Agata or her latest jobs click here.
With Become, creativity is always encouraged, in both your work and personal lives. Should you find yourself turning green with envy scrolling through travel-related social media posts, companies like ours provide freelancers with the ideal recruitment service. With freelance support in offices from Manchester to London, Sydney to Brisbane, Melbourne to Auckland and even Hong Kong, why not pack a bag?