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“I travel because I’d rather look back at my life, saying ‘I cant believe I did that’ instead of ‘if only I had…” – Florine Bos

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty and adventures. There is no limit to the number of things we can experience in the world and how much we can gain from it.
I was lucky to see the world from a young age, and find a place where I can volunteer with people around the globe. The places I’ve seen and the experiences I’ve had made me realize how important it is to travel. 

1. Put in Perspectives:

“I love places that make you realize how tiny you and you problems are” 

When I climb a mountain and look at the amazing views of the mountains, rivers, and valleys, I understand how powerful the world is and how small I am. It makes me realize that no matter how big my problems seem to me, they truly aren’t.
Even when traveling in the cities, seeing the way people live and their perspective of life, gives me understanding of the people’s culture. From traveling we discover compassion and get a deeper understanding of life. Personally, I love seeing how people live and interact in their culture. Seeing this makes me reflect about my own culture and perspectives of life. 

 

Beacon Rock- Washington

2. Expand your network

Today, networking is one of the most important things. We all know it and work hard to expand it. Traveling is a great opportunity to do so. Especially while traveling solo or with friends it’s easy to get to know more people. Sharing an amazing experience with a stranger during a trip automatically bonds you and the two are no longer strangers.

I volunteer in an international organization since I was 16. As part of our activities we had international conferences and exchange programs. I had the opportunity to know people from other countries, stay with the local families, and get to know their cultures. Those experiences expanded my network, and the memories we shared bonds us forever. Even though there’s a big distance between us, we’re still having a unique connection and even got to meet afterwards. 

3. Real-life Education:

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport”

Some things cannot be learned in school. We cannot understand the meaning of poorness until we see it. We cannot understand the idea of true happiness until we see people who “have nothing” enjoying the simple things in life. Exploring the world is giving us a glimpse into someone’s culture, the unique traditions, languages, and the ways of living. Only when you travel you can truly experience authentic food, music, and culture.

I remember traveling in Thailand. I wouldn’t be able to imagine living in these villages, without electricity, wi-fi, and the modern things I got used to. But these people were so happy. They have amazing traditions, dancing, and joy that I wish we had more in our lives.
Another lesson I had was on my trip to Spain. Before I went to Spain, I knew a little about their culture and traditions, but once I got there I had a whole different experience. 

When I traveled to Spain I stayed at my friend’s house in Madrid. Her family hosted me, and I got the chance to eat their amazing food, get to know their language, and experience the city from an eye of a local.
I can go on and on about how much we can learn from real-life experiences that no school can teach. It doesn’t matter where we’ll choose to travel, we’ll always going to learn something new.

 

Learning how to fly the trapeze

4. Memories for Life:

“The most beautiful things in life are not things. They’re people, places, memories and pictures. They’re feelings and moments, and smiles, and laughter”  

At the end of the day, when we’re being ask what were the best moments of our life, the answer is never the job we got or the house we bought. It will be the people in our lives and the moments we shared. It will be an unexpected adventures and the roads we didn’t plan on taking. Being out there and explore the world is giving us the opportunity to experience the best moments of our lives. These will be the stories we will tell our kids and grandkids and the ones we’ll remember until our last day.

5. Knowing Yourself Better:

“As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are.”

In each trip, especially while traveling solo we can gain understanding about who we are. It is when we are alone that we realize what our strengths are. We have to take responsibility on everything and then discover how much we are truly capable of.

6. Fun Exercise:

To be honest, I’m not a sport fan. I tried it many times, but I always get bored. On the other hand, I really love hiking. It makes me feel alive. See the different views, animals, plants, and most likely with good company. When we travel we don’t notice that we’re actually exercising. Swimming, hiking, or just walking between the streets are all activities we’re doing when we travel.

 

At the top of Smith Rock- after one of the toughest elevations I hiked

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6 Benefits of travel
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This Post Has 49 Comments

  1. Christine

    Such great benefits ! My favorite is definitely the real life education. Traveling has taught me SO much!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      Thank you so much Christine! I’m so happy to hear that you like this 😊 it’s amazing how much we can learn from traveling

  2. Kim Kay

    I feel the exact same way about travel. It is truly one of the things that can make you a better person by doing it. Great article!

  3. April

    I absolutely agree with all your reasons! It reminded me of when I traveled to India during college. All of a sudden, my problems seemed to be good problems to have. Traveling to India is by far one of my favorite travel memories and I wouldn’t change a thing! I still connect with some university friends on social media ☺️ Thanks for writing this! Excited to see what other travel posts you create.

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      Thank you for sharing! I heard that India is such an amazing place to explore 🙂

  4. I completely agree. We can understand ourselves in a deeper level when travel solo and make great memories with family when we travel together.

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      Every trip is so unique and full with incredible memories! Thank you for supporting 🙂

  5. Sherry

    Hi Shany – you remind me of all the trips I haven’t taken yet; i am excited to get out there and have some of the same experiences you have had. Beautiful pictures!

      1. Shany Yizhaki

        I’ll definitely look it up! Thank you so much for your support 🙂

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      I’m so happy to hear! I’m sure you’ll have incredible experiences 🙂

  6. Teresa

    What a well written post. Sometimes we need reminders about why we should travel. 🙂

  7. Jordan

    Loved reading this! It makes me extra excited to start traveling again!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      I’m so happy to hear that! Do you have plans for your next trip?

  8. I resonate so much with #1 and #5! It always amazes me as an afterthought, that I was capable of doing so much as a solo female traveller!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      I’m sure you have so many incredible experiences as a solo female traveller. Happy you enjoyed the reading!

  9. Sarah

    These truly are some of the best benefits of traveling!

  10. Dewi

    Great post! I agree with you about hiking- it doesn’t feel like it’s a tedious task for me either. I have been on hard hikes and struggled big time but the view up top was definitely worth it haha!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      Indeed! The view always make the struggle looks minor 😊Thank you for your support!

  11. Lia Pontarelli

    Traveling is definitely one of the best educations you can get! It teaches you about the world, other cultures, wildlife, and yourself! I love the memories I get to make when I travel, I’d take those over a big house any day!

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      I can relate! prefer using my money to create new memories than buying more and more stuff that I probably don’t need. Thanks for supporting!

  12. Saqib

    Your blog posts are really amazing 😍♥️

  13. Sydney

    I absolutely agree! Love this post!

  14. Jen Nilsson

    Couldn’t agree more with your travel benefits and I just loved the quotes. I’m going to follow along since I’m on a West Coast tour myself. Looking forward to your PDX tips!

  15. Farrah

    These are all so true! You get to learn so much from traveling and I love all the memories. :] Getting to hike/explore = one of my favorite forms of exercise!

    That’s awesome that you got to learn trapeze! I’ve tried silks and lyra but haven’t ventured to trapeze yet, hehehe.

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      That’s so cool! I haven’t tried silks and Lyra but I love aerial art 😊

  16. Melissa

    I love this post! One of my personal favorite benefits is exploring outside of my comfort zone to grow as a person and be more adventurous. 🙂

  17. Josy A

    I totally agree about hiking too! I honestly think it is the best way to explore a new area and really see the world around you. 🙂 I would far rather spend money on new experiences than “things.”

    We are all incredibly lucky to be able to travel. The world would be a better place if everyone had this privilege.

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      I agree! We’re very lucky to be able to travel and see the world.

  18. Sharon

    I agree with your view of hiking. I’m not into sports, but I love hiking while traveling. It’s a great way to get to know a place at a slow pace, up close. Travel really does have so many benefits!

  19. Emma

    I’d say definitely the memories. I also feel like I learn so much not only about where I am visiting but about myself by traveling. I’ve become more confident. Travel is very empowering, especially solo travel for me

  20. Hannah

    I completely agree with your point on putting things into perspective. Travelling the world is such a great way to remind us what a small part we play in the grand scheme of things. Somehow, seeing the world so big, makes our problems seem so small. I love all of the benefits travel brings!

  21. Kelsey

    I love this!! Especially the Real-Life education! I couldn’t agree more! Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. Aswani Kurra

    Love all these! And one of the reasons why I love to travel is the education! 🙂

  23. kmf

    I agree 100%! Travel is an opportunity to appreciate different cultures and to discover we are all more alike than different. Love that you’ve been volunteering internationally. That’s so awesome to give back.

    1. Shany Yizhaki

      Thank you! Getting to know new cultures is one of my favorites parts in traveling 😊

  24. Bliss

    These are so true. It can definitely give us perspective.

  25. Francesca

    I love these reasons for traveling. I love the education and memories I get from travelling.

  26. jetlaggedroamer

    Love this post! These are all on point benefits of travel. My favorite point you mentioned was bringing up you get to know yourself better. My first solo trip to the UAE and Amsterdam I learned so much about myself it was a life time experience. Since then I have done solo trips and have met so many friends along the way. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Caroline

    I completely agree with all of this! I’ve learned soooo much from traveling, and probably my favorite thing is being able to reminisce on all my memories from past trips (especially now since we can’t travel lol).

  28. Helga

    I absolutely agree with all 6! And you perfectly described by these benefits why I couldn’t live without traveling. Love it!

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