If you’re an avid reader of my blog and follow along on social media, one thing you probably don’t know about me is my love of travel. I firmly believe travel is a powerful investment in yourself.
You see, I grew up in a small country town in Australia where most of my friends and family hadn’t even ventured to the next town 45 minutes away, let alone got their passports and travelled to Canada.
In my early twenties, I made the decision to invest my time and money in travel over material possessions and having a family.
Many people I knew at that time disagreed with me. They thought it was immature and silly, saying that I should be saving my money for my first home and my future wedding. At the time, both of these things didn’t interest me in the slightest.
The world was waiting for me to discover its beauty.
I can’t count the times in the past I’ve heard “where do you find the money and the time?” or “shouldn’t you be saving?” But then I think, isn’t the whole point of life to do what brings you happiness?
Yes finding a husband and settling down would have been the smart and safe option in my early twenties, but it wasn’t the only thing that could bring me happiness.
It’s funny reflecting on this now, as at the time of my first overseas adventure, I had just met an amazing man who would end up sharing my love of travel and discovery and I was already saving a deposit for my first investment property. Fast forward thirteen years later, we have investments, are married and expecting our first child.
Travel allows you to gain new perspectives and step outside the day-to-day life you live. It puts all your stress and worry into perspective and makes you realize you don’t need to worry about the majority of stuff you do.
Here’s why travel is a powerful investment in yourself:
TRAVEL CHALLENGES YOU
Being lost on a remote road on the northern island of New Zealand with no phone reception, no battery, and a flat tyre can really make you get creative with finding a solution. Travel challenges you to think differently when you are faced with difficult situations. With each stressing situation I’ve been in, there has always been a great story to tell about how I got myself out of it.
TRAVEL CREATES MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME
Finding yourself on the top of a snow-covered mountain, knowing that the only way you can get down is to snowboard the steepest runs you have ever ridden, will certainly create a memory that will last a lifetime. I will never forget standing at the bottom of a breathtaking glacier I just snowboarded down then looked back to the top of the mountain with the sunlight peaking over the top of the mountain. It was mesmerising and to this day, I still can’t believe I got down that mountain without breaking a bone.
TRAVEL MAKES YOU APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE
I will never forget arriving in Fiji for the first time. It was late in the evening and the bus picked us up to take us to a lavish resort we had splurged on. We passed through some of the poorest towns I have ever seen. Children were on the side of the road watching the bus go past and they were malnourished and their clothes were ragged, but their smiles were the friendliest I have ever seen. They were waving at the tourists who went past in their Fijian manner. The Fijians are known as some of the friendliest people in the world and never miss an opportunity to say ‘bula’. It was heart wrenching, yet beautiful at the same time. I learnt to appreciate my life and everything I have in that moment. There is always something you can appreciate in your life.
Travelling allows us to create magical memories that you would never have made by staying at home. It also gives us the perspective of the world we live in and the many cultures the world has. Travel is a powerful investment in yourself; it is certainly challenging yet the experiences it bestows on you are life changing.
IMPORTANT: What are your thoughts on investing in travel? Is it something you make a priority? I’d love to know what you think!
May your next adventure be magical.