If COVID-19 didn't exist, I would be flying to Bali today to start a month of solo travel.
I had been looking forward to this trip for so long and it would have been my first time travelling completely by myself. The fact that it's no longer happening has just made me ten times more excited for my next trip, and being cooped up indoors for so long has instilled a deeper appreciation for travel within me. I've already developed a '5 year travel plan' and I can't wait to go and see more of the world!
If you can't already tell, I love to travel and here's why:
1. TRAVELLING PUSHES YOU OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be a really hard thing to do, but - for me - travelling forced me to experience new things that I never could've imagined myself doing! When you travel, you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and get to know your limits pretty quickly. However, it is so important to move away from your safety bubble every once in a while and do the things that scare you; this can be something as little as staying in a shared hostel room, or as drastic as completing a skydive. Doing these things seems terrifying at the time, but some of my favourite travel memories were made when I was taking a risk.
2. TRAVELLING BROADENS YOUR HORIZONS...
... literally! When you travel you obviously broaden your horizons by visiting new places, but sometimes this is about more than just the countries that you visit. Travelling introduces you to a like-minded community of people from all over the world, and meeting theses people can give you a completely new perspective. Being exposed to new people with different cultures is an amazing feeling; it lets you see the world through someone else's eyes and develop a wider viewpoint.
3. TRAVELLING IS EDUCATIONAL
A lot of people say that 'travelling is the best form of education' and I really do believe this to be true. Whether you're immersed in a new culture, learning a new language or just living away from home for the first time, travelling teaches you so many valuable lessons. When I visited Australia, I learnt so much about the history of the country, and there's no better feeling than gaining new knowledge from locals whilst also experiencing the country for yourself. Also, I know it's clichéd, but travelling helps you learn so much about yourself too.
4. TRAVELLING IS REWARDING
There's no better feeling than successfully getting to, and finding your way around, a new place... but travelling doesn't always go to plan. When I visited Australia we definitely faced our fair share of bumps in the road! Dodgy hostels, flooded roads, cancelled flights and global pandemics... you name it, we experienced it! However, overcoming these obstacles just added to the experience and made our whole adventure so much more fulfilling.
5. TRAVELLING MAKES MEMORIES FOR LIFE
Travelling is such a unique experience and allows you to make so many amazing memories. When you travel it's best to just go with the flow and live in the moment. You will meet so many people along your way and create some of the craziest, funniest and best memories with them. I will never forget the friends that I made whilst travelling, and that is because of the incredible moments that we all shared with one another.