Not too long ago we wrote about some pretty good reasons why you should consider traveling. Let’s pick up where we left off, shall we?
1. Expand your understanding of other cultures
There’s a quote by Saint Augustine, which goes “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page”. Sure, you probably feel comfortable where you are, but that’s just a fraction of the world! During my previous job, I got to work with people from all over the world, which made me eager to visit more and more new places, which is also why I’m in Sofia now, and the team here is just as diverse! The world is ever more globalized, and one of the main reasons of programs such as Erasmus is to get to know more people, experience and understand their culture. And in case you are wondering why - watch “L’Auberge espagnole”.
2. Travelling has never been more affordable
Nothing is more frustrating than having the larger chunk of your travel budget spent on simply getting from one point to another. So don’t do that and check our 10 tips on finding cheap airfare.
3. Make memories which last a lifetime
My grandfather is an amazing narrator and has always had a talent for telling stories. One of my favourites is how he tried eating with chopsticks in China for the first time - which is probably one of the reasons why I’ve decided I’m going there in a few weeks. I mean, I need to have something to tell my grandchildren as well, right?
4. The food!
I bet you’re one hell of a chef - but there’s no such thing as trying a typical local dish from another country. It’s an entirely new experience! And come on, who are you kidding - you’re sick of eating the same thing day after day. I’m going all the way to China to try some grilled insects, the least you can do is try a German sausage, come on!
5. Pick up some new words ...in a different language
You may think that the first Bulgarian words I learned were “Hello” (Zdraveyte!) or “Please” (“Mersi” - that one was easy, close to the French “Merci”). It was actually “Kebapche”, a kind of Bulgarian sausage, which blew my mind. Okay, I know what you may be thinking - how typical of a frenchman to link every experience to food. I’m not even going to argue with you here.
But seriously - do try and pick up a few new words from each place you visit - it’s a great conversation starter! And while we’re on the subject of vocabulary expansion, do you know any of those words?
6. You’ll appreciate home so much more
“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back”. You’ll truly understand the meaning of those words by Wendy Wunder, only upon your return home. On the one hand, it would seem that you’re back where you started, same setting, same people, same problems. Yet you’re not the same - you’re new, full of new impressions and ideas!
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