Majorly Overlooked Pros and Mythical Cons of Travelling
As the French novelist, Gustave Flaubert Said -
"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."
- Gustave Flaubert
One must travel to feel how tiny your limited world and its miseries are in context with the entire universe. Traveling is a break for all kinds of people.
Traveling through various tourist attractions both locally and globally, I experienced certain benefits of traveling that most of us are well acquainted with. But still, they are often overlooked by many of us. We read about these benefits on the internet and books, we get inspired, we think about a vacation, and we end up thinking about our workloads. This is not about the wanderers who have chosen traveling as their career. They are living their passion. This is about all those corporate employees who seek a second opinion about taking leave and packing their bags. There are many personal, mental, physical and spiritual benefits of traveling.
Let's look in detail about the four major advantages of traveling.
1. Nothing is Permanent
Folks, we all know that nothing is permanent in the world. The best way to understand this is by traveling. yes exactly! Let me address it in detail.
Once I was working as an employee at a decent job. I was unable to focus on the present moment. I used to overthink about the work deadlines. I used to dwell too much on the mistakes of the past and uncertainties of the future.
After about a month of restless work, I decided to plan a road trip. I didn't enjoy a single moment of the trip. But I learned a great life lesson after I came back to my home.
As I was drained in the thoughts of the trip, I realized that throughout the whole journey I was lost in the tension of my workload. I could recall my friend waking me up from the trap of thoughts to see the sight of a wonderful and unique bird that none of us had ever watched earlier. I missed it and my friends shared the bird's photo to me. I missed many things that passed by. I missed the flowers, the rainbow, the bird and the swans in a beautiful lake.
I was merged into thoughts when I returned. I must deal with the targets, only in the office. But I carried the work pressure with me wherever I went. My Boss never told me to think about it on the trip. The bird wasn't waiting forever over there for me. If you keep on lingering like this then you are going to miss many amazing things on your way just like I did. My workload was not permanent.
On this road trip, Surroundings around me were changing from deserts to grasslands to forests. I felt bad because I don't know when I m going to this place again. Whenever I go, I m going to enjoy the moments. In this ever-changing world, nothing is permanent. so I decided to rejoice in the present and try not to miss out on anything ever again.
2. Screens and Off-screens
The technology has drastically advanced over the past decade, from 2008 to 2018. Smartphones capture high-quality photos and videos. Technology has moved from 4k to 8k. In spite of these advancements, there is a huge difference between watching a football match at the stadium and watching it on your HD screen. You can watch your favorite tourist spot on the smartphone sitting on the couch but you naturally feel jealous when your neighbor visits that spot and shares his travel memories. You are thinking about the place while you watch the videos, which is good but if you go and travel, you will feel the place. That's the difference between thinking and feeling. Though the augmented reality and virtual reality have made some difference, when it comes to traveling, no doubt there is and will be a vast difference when you physically go and visit your dream spot. It's natural! It doesn't matter if the technology brings the world at your doorstep, the real experience will be always on the upper hand because of the feelings and memories the tourists collect while traveling. so that's the benefit - you get to feel, what you have imagined.
3. Connectivity and Connection
The people across the globe can communicate with each other through various social media platforms. Online business and online money making ideas are redefining the market. Which is good. But amidst the urge to grow online followers, humans are craving for real-life connections. Whether it's a family situation or a friend's circle at the campus of a college, all we get to see is the bowed heads and lowered eyes. (all eyes at the screens).
I wrote a quote a few months ago -
" This reign of social media is rising the connectivity but declining the connection".
Friends must frequently plan a road trip, trek or camping to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with their peers. Weekend family get-together at a cool destination is a great getaway to feel the connection and warmth among the family members. Travelling makes people feel connected with their dear ones and also with nature.
4. Better at Work
When you are struggling to find out an innovative idea for your business, instead of digging deeper into it, you must declutter yourself from the work and plan a trip. Results have shown that when you come back you not only feel energized but also come up with a creative solution. Travelling enhances creativity. Allow yourself to wander on the weekends to save yourself from burnouts due to work pressure. Don't be so harsh on yourself. Take a break and travel, which will in some or the other way, help you with your work.
There are a few so-called disadvantages of traveling, which are just myths.
They have misled many people. Let's look at the Three major myths about traveling:
1.You have to be highly extrovert
This is a myth, which some introverts consider as a disadvantage. Traveling in groups and socializing with people has many benefits. But it is not mandatory. You don't have to dance with the mobs at the Times New Square, New York, (though it is amazing) to prove that you had a fun-filled travel memory. At times you can avoid roaming around the crowded destinations if that's not what you want.
You don't have to be extrovert or introvert. you just have to be curious. curiosity will open you up. Many travelers like to explore the places alone. So, if you are an introvert you can always wander on your own. All it takes is curiosity, interest and the ability to connect with the nature that may be a silent beach, or a chilling hill station. you can always enjoy your own company. you can walk on the beach and feel the sand or read your favorite book, relaxing on a deck chair or just listen to the sound of the waves.
2.You must have a lot of money in the bank
This is the most common myth about traveling. Yes, traveling at the world-famous tourist destinations does need to have a good amount of money in your pockets and your bank. But Travelling doesn't mean packing your bags, putting on your spacesuit, entering in the rocket and landing on the Moon! You can always visit that spot on the outskirts of your city which is less expensive. What if you visited it a lot of times?
Then you can always research and ask the travel enthusiasts about the nearby places that you still haven't been to. visiting the same place in different seasons can also be a great change. Another way is by volunteering in the NGO programs, which will take you for their activities to somewhere you have never been, which won't be much expensive. There will be something unique about that place. if you are willing to travel then there is always some way. Travel loans are one solution.
Saving your money for traveling is the best investment that you can do. I m the kind of person who will spend money to see the sunflower fields, which is the part of the earth dressed in gold. The combination of sunflowers and the sunlight falling on them, rather than spending money on real gold. Plus, there are many offers and information available on the internet, which can help you with the cost-cutting. Various "travel and work remotely" schemes are emerging too. So get rid of this myth and keep wandering.
3. It always needs a lot of pre-planning.
Yes, it does needs planning. Especially, for long distances or if you are flying abroad. But, if you have no weekend plans for a two days trip, then it's not a disadvantage. how? let me tell you.
Have you ever planned to go somewhere and due to some reason, you ended up being elsewhere, which proved to be better than what you have planned?
My friend planned a trip. After reaching the destination and sightseeing, he met some locals. They suggested to him a beautiful place worth watching, about 50 km away. After a bit of thinking, he decided to change the plan and visited this place. He stayed there and resumed his return journey, the next morning.
After coming back, he told me that if he would have skipped this place, he would have regretted it forever. Unplanned trips not only make us enjoy the desired place of our destination but also the journey leading to it. This kind of trip gives us space to connect with the locals and acquire knowledge about their cultures and traditions.
If you are the one working in a silent ambiance in front of a computer screen throughout the week, you can escape to a lively and happening destination full of celebration and recharge your mind.
If you are the person working in a chaotic atmosphere surrounded by huge machines, you can escape to a calm and soothing place, like a chilling hill station or a silent beach.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.