Written by Amy Poole : Photographs by Getty Images
The biggest advantage of exploring a new city is being out of your comfort zone and feeling like you’re stepping out of your life temporarily.
Millennials are travelling more than any other generation. Thanks to more hotel chains, airline deals and the ease of visiting other countries, it’s more possible than ever to explore different cultures. But, is it all just a waste of money, or do you really come back from these places feeling rejuvenated? If you’re not convinced that seeing the world more can make you a happier and better person, keep reading.
THE BENEFITS OF TRAVELLING – Life can get daunting sometimes, and we have all felt like we need to escape the cage at least one point in our lives. The biggest advantage of exploring a new city is being out of your comfort zone and feeling like you’re stepping out of your life temporarily. As a result, you can look at where you’re heading from an outsider’s point of view and decide where you want to make changes. Alternatively, it can make you realise how lucky and blessed you are and you’ve been taking advantage of your existence.
Whilst travelling, you develop personal confidence. Regardless of if you’re alone or travelling with a party of people, being away from your natural surroundings forces you to take a stance for what you really want. If you want food, you have to physically go out and get it, otherwise you starve. You may even have to learn the basics of a new language to help you get by, without anyone doing the work for you. Being in a new environment challenges you to come out of your shell to make the most of the opportunity.
When you’ve survived a nine-hour plane journey and a long bus trip across the coast, you appreciate the little things. Being in a new culture gives you an appreciation for being alive and healthy to explore amazing architectures and foods. It teaches you to not worry about the finicky things back home which aren’t adding to your happiness. Instead, you adopt a realisation for the things that bring you joy.
Whether you decide to invest a year to travelling, or just holiday more, being in a new city can positively improve your job prospects. This isn’t just for people who volunteer or work abroad. Travelling gives you increased confidence, self-awareness and the ability to function well under pressure. You will return home with great stories to tell, excellent ice-breakers for interviews and the confidence to remain cool under pressure. It also demonstrates that you’re fun and will show your awesome personality more.