On some level, most people want to travel internationally. We all want to experience life outside of our day to day. We want to learn things we just can’t at home, with our friends, or through the lens of our computer. But there is always a laundry list of reasons not to actualize our international travel aspirations.
Chief among these is usually money. Nobody’s saying that international travel is cheap, but we are saying it’s worth it. The second most common excuse not to travel is obligations at home. In many ways, this is the more demanding reason not to book that plane ticket. However, where there is a will there is a way.
Here are the top three reasons to make international travel a priority in your life.
- It’s Easier Than Ever to Go. No matter what your situation back home, a variety of factors make international travel more accessible than ever. One is communication. No matter what your obligations back home for work or family, NobelCom phone cards, the power of the internet, and more available flights make the world a lot smaller place. The other side of the world doesn’t feel like the other side of the world anymore. What’s more, greater international travel competition has driven flight rates down, and the political climate between most countries (though by no means all) make international travel a friendlier and more accessible goal for regular people to achieve.
- International Travel Broadens Your Mind Automatically. If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what a vacation is worth. International travel introduces whole new kinds of experiences – things the average person has probably heard about but has not actually participated in. These can be international culinary experiences, conversations, visits to sites and wonders, and physical challenges. All of these have a way of informing that books or the internet could never communicate. If you want to learn by doing, and you want the world or a specific country to be the subject of your study, then international travel is the best way to accomplish this.
- You’ll Be Glad You Did. As stated above, there is always a reason to put off travel. But people who make it happen rarely, if ever, come to regret it. International travel might seem like an indulgence, but it is one so virtuous and beneficial that you won’t be sorry for doing it. For some people, this means “just do it, and figure out the details later.”
However you make traveling abroad happen, and however you convince yourself to finally do it, these are trips you’ll always be glad you made. With tickets and communication making the process so much easier and more affordable, there are fewer excuses to putting off this great like experience.
Travel as a family, by yourself, or with a friend or friends you love. Explore places you’ve only seen in pictures, and try the things you’ve always wanted to. 2017 can be the year you finally experience something totally new.