Traveling and Personal Growth

Andrew Parker
Dec 17, 2022

There is a famous saying that goes “The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only a page”. For ages, traveling has been associated with personal growth and development. Traveling indeed broadens our horizons and makes us look at situations with fresh perspectives.

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But is it just word of the mouth that traveling promotes self-growth or does this statement hold some substance to it? According to a survey conducted on 200 people at Psychology Today, nearly 82 percent of the respondents reported improved decision-making and focus as a positive benefit from traveling. According to another study conducted, traveling stimulates our neural pathways as we are exposed to new environments, sounds, cultures, and people. Not only traveling makes people healthier and less prone to stress, but it also makes them more emotionally stable.

Science is quite keen on the positive impacts of traveling on mental and physical health but it also helps us to grow as a person in relationships and on a professional level.
Traveling gives you an out-of-body experience, where you get a chance to polish your communication skills. You will get to interact with new people from different backgrounds and hence, you will be pushed outside of your comfort zone. Interacting and living with new people improves your communication and people skills and also makes you grow, as each person teaches you something new for life.

Precisely, traveling makes you prepared for the world as a confident individual who can face unexpected situations with comfort and courage. Apart from all the benefits traveling showers upon you, it also blesses you with bittersweet memories that you can reminisce about in old age.