How Traveling Can Change Your Mindset

You might have a friend or family member who has gone on a trip and come back a changed person. The experience has somehow altered their way of thinking and what they plan to do in the future. It’s hard to imagine that a couple of weeks away can have such a profound effect on a person. But it can. 

Travel builds character, and it can also change your mindset. Here’s how: 

  1. You learn to appreciate the world around you

There’s so much more to the world than your little corner in it. Our planet is filled with different sights and sounds that you’ll never experience first-hand without visiting them. By traveling, you can learn much more about the diversity of the world. 

Travel allows you to appreciate the different environments, climates, people, cultures, and religions that make up our existence as humankind. One thing you’ll soon learn is that people around the world have more in common with one another than you might think. 

Regardless of color, creed, language, or beliefs, people around the world are bound by deep-seated goodness and humanity. Without traveling, you’d never be able to grasp this, preferring instead to focus on the differences between people instead of the similarities. 

  1. See the world in a new light

Getting to travel to a foreign country gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the culture and customs of the people who live there. You can learn a new language and find out how people mark special occasions with rituals. The chance to learn their values may permanently affect yours. 

In many countries, much effort is made to preserve people’s history as a reminder of their heritage. For example, a Vietnam travel guide would refer you to old town Hanoi. It is reminiscent of a bygone age in Vietnamese history. The country also acknowledges the part its horrific civil war played in its history, with a museum dedicated in remembrance of it. 

Taking a trip into the past, and seeing historical events from a different perspective can change the way you see the world. Experiencing different cultures helps you to appreciate your own and develop a tolerance for others. 

  1. Going with the flow

A lot of people around the world are sticklers for planning. They like to know what will be happening and when. These individuals thrive on routine and don’t like surprises. This type of rigidity can be a barrier to overcoming challenges. 

The first thing you’ll learn when you travel is that things seldom work out the way you expect. From delayed flights to getting lost, travel forces you to live in the moment and appreciate the experience, regardless of how it unfolds. 

You’ll learn that getting angry ruins the travel experience and that taking things in your stride makes things easier. This is a lesson that you can apply in all aspects of your life, making you a more flexible individual. 

  1. A new perspective on value

Before they travel, a lot of people emphasize the material things they have, such as money and possessions. Traveling to countries where the people have little and still live happily will make you question your priorities. 

You might start to reevaluate what’s important to you, learning along the way that tangible assets aren’t the things that make you happy. People have begun to question their way of life on returning from their travels, making changes to maximize their happiness. 

Instead of placing a monetary value on everything in their lives, they begin to appreciate that experience also has worth. Learning that lesson early on in life can drastically change your goals for the future.

About the Author
Rachel Brenner is a Professor of Jewish Studies. Her research focuses on Jewish Literature and has published dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters.
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