Sun. Oct 2nd, 2022
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Travelling can be affordable.

The days are long gone when just the rich were able to travel abroad. These days the market is full of very convenient travel packages and train, bus, and plane tickets. There is also hitch-hiking and couch-surfing and endless opportunities for combining work/study with travel, and many different funded programs. You just need to grab these opportunities. When it comes to paperwork and research
don’t be lazy.

You learn without having to try.

Have you ever noticed how difficult it is trying to memorize dry facts out of a book from a specific famous building, museum, or place and how easy you remember these facts when learning them on the site? Learning is much easier when you are able to connect things to your experiences. Travelling does this.

You are able to interact with different kinds of people.

This may be my favourite reason for travelling abroad. I really believe there is so much to learn from individuals who belong to different religions, cultures, and nationalities. There is nothing like developing friendships across broads. It is also great travelling to a country where you know someone there already who you can and will show around like a local.

You can learn or practise a new language.

I am a student of language and believe that the best way to speak a language authentically or learn a new language is to live around native speakers who use this language regularly. As the saying goes about languages – use it or lose it. If you are never going to use a language in real life then there isn’t any point in studying it for years.

You get to experience a new environment.

After you get used to it, it comes increasingly easier to adapt to the local rules wherever you happen to be. You do not experience cultural shocks any longer, and it is so easy when you return to your country when before it seemed there were numerous complicated procedures that now appear to have been untangled.

It is much more likely that you will do things that you usually don’t do at home.

Climbing a tall mountain, jumping into the ocean from a rock extreme sports? Yes! Everything that appears to be hard, scary, or against certain prejudices at home becomes possible to consider when you are travelling abroad. You just allow yourself to go with the flow and not overthink the potential drawbacks. Ultimately, you will be able to have an amazing experience that can be checked off of your bucket list, making you feel more alive than you ever have. Even if the things mentioned above don’t appeal to you there are always alternatives e.g. the Kinabatangan cruise.

You grow and develop into a better version of yourself.

I purposely left this reason for the end since it is the deepest one. It describes a change that continues to unfold over time as you continue to travel to an increasing number of places. The more you are able to experience and see the more that you will realize just how big the world is and the numerous things that it has to offer you. You will begin to focus on things that really matter and not be disappointed any longer by the occasional small failures. You will start looking at the bright sides of things and not take life or yourself too seriously. That is probably the very best thing that living and travelling abroad has given me.

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By Dave