Travelling as a child has always been a concept that’s incredibly important to me. Ever since I was incredibly young, I’ve always been incredibly lucky to be able to visit new places with my family.
From holidays in Spain, to weekends spent at Center Parcs during the Christmas period and even a whole relocation to New Zealand, my family have always taught me the importance of travel. I’ve learnt so many things from travelling and I do believe I owe an awful lot of my obsession with travelling to my parents.
With that in mind, I wanted to share my opinions on how travelling as a child can help shape our future.
It makes us more curious
Those with curious souls will know just how much travelling impacts on your curiosity.
Regardless of where you are in the world, or where you’re planning to visit, travel helps to develop our curiosity so that we ask more questions about the world. Travelling as a child made me want to discover more as I got older and whenever I travel somewhere new, I always have a burning desire to find out more about the place.
The world is so vast and so fascinating; it’d be hard not to be curious when travelling.
It pushes us out of our comfort zone
Travelling as a child saw me do some incredible things.
From rock climbing, to doing high ropes in a forest and kayaking to paragliding, all the way to moving to the other side of the world to start a new life; I was pushed out of my comfort zone so many times. At the time I was probably scared sh*tless and wanted nothing more than to retreat to safety but now I’m older and have gained perspective, I’m eternally grateful to my parents for pushing me out of my comfort zone through travelling.
It teaches us about the world
The news we hear about on a daily basis is nearly always negative and never really shows us a true depiction of what actually goes on in other countries.
The media only shows us things they want us to hear which means a vast majority of news stories are exaggerated and don’t truly reflect what other countries are actually like. Travelling as a child taught me so much more about the world than I’d ever heard from BBC News and I’m so grateful for that.
Of course, there are some scary places in the world where terribly bad things happen, but the majority of the world is actually serene, peaceful and most of all, beautiful.
It allows us to try new things
Similarly to the aforementioned point about travelling pushing us out of our comfort zones, it also allows us to try new things.
From new and unusual cuisines, to experiencing different cultures and languages, travel shows us that there’s so much out there that we haven’t tried.
Since travelling more, my palate has become much more sophisticated and I’m no longer afraid to try new cuisines. Instead, I embrace them with open arms.
It helps us become more courageous
Travelling anywhere new can be daunting and overwhelming at times but what matters most is how you deal with the situation and whether you decide to face your fears or not.
I definitely think travelling as a child helped me become more courageous, especially living in a totally new country, all the way round the world.
I had to deal with being away from friends and family and I had to learn to live in a completely new place. Even just travelling as far as Paris or Amsterdam has helped me become more courageous as I’ve had to meet new people and navigate my way around a foreign country.
It broadens our perspective on life
Living in the same town or city your whole life is more than fine if you’re happy with that but I truly believe that travelling really helps to broaden our perspective on life.
You learn that there’s so much more to life than your office job and working all the time; you learn incredible things about different people and you’ll experience some fascinating cultures that you’d never even know about otherwise.
Normal, mundane life can really take its toll sometimes so branching out into the world and seeing things from other peoples’ eyes can really help to broaden our perspective on life.
It teaches us to be more tolerant
Travelling as a child can help shape our future as it teaches us to be more tolerant and understanding of not just the world around us, but of ourselves too.
The world is unfathomably enormous, with an abundance of eclectic people so naturally you’re not always going to get along with everyone. However, travel may just teach you to be more tolerant of the people you do meet as you’ll realise that there’s more to life that what you thought.
I’ll admit – I’m really not much of a people person but travelling has taught me to become more tolerant of people and to try and learn from them instead of just ignoring them.
It helps us communicate better
Whether you decide to learn a whole new language or you just try and pick up a few phrases as and when you can, travelling definitely helps us communicate better.
The power of social media also helps immensely with this as the people we meet on the road can now be kept in touch with at just the touch of a button. I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of new friends while travelling, and some of the people I met in New Zealand still communicate with me on a regular basis.
It’s amazing that despite the world being such a vast place, you can still keep in touch with people that you met at the other side of the world.
It increases our connections
Following on from the point above, travel also increases our connections as every new person we meet could become a new best friend, a significant influence or even a business associate.
I’m a firm believer in the phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, so I definitely think that travel helps to hone in on this fact. I’ve met some incredible blogging connections through travelling and I’d consider a lot of people I’ve met to be significant influences on my life. I really can’t wait until Matt and I go travelling so that we can make even more connections with more incredible people in the world.
Do you think travelling as a child helped shape your future? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.