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Traveling can enhance a person’s life in many different ways. From visiting new destinations to meeting a variety of people, traveling can bring about many positive changes. Here are some of the primary ways that traveling can change a person for the better.

An Appreciation for Passing Relationships

As Lifehacks states, traveling can help a person develop a greater appreciation for relationships that are made while en route to various destinations. Traveling by airplane, train or boat provides the opportunity to meet new people along the way and exchange stories. If you are heading overseas, you can learn information about different cultures that isn’t always showcased, and you can also tell your own story to those that you meet. You interact with people that you would have never met before if you hadn’t traveled. Even though these relationships might be brief, they can still leave a lasting impact on a traveler.

More Spontaneity

Travel itineraries don’t always go according to plan. Flight cancelations, adverse weather events, and political strife can necessitate a sudden change in travel plans. When that does happen, use the opportunity to become more spontaneous, go or stay somewhere that you never considered visiting. You are better able to find the little hole in the wall shops or restaurants that you will end up never forgetting. Being more spontaneous makes it easier for a person to alter his or her travel itinerary and visit places or take part in activities that are out of the ordinary.

Removal from Comfort Zone

Being forced to step outside of a personal comfort zone while exploring a new destination is what leads you to grow as a person. Traveling often involves visiting locations where the language, culture, and cuisine are unfamiliar. You can try new things, and see what you like or don’t like. While being in this unique environment, a traveler can establish a new comfort zone and develop a greater appreciation for new experiences. You will become confident in who you are and learn that doing new things isn’t scary.

Learning Patience

Patience is an essential part of traveling, and anyone who considers themselves to be an impatient person can learn this virtue by taking a trip. Flight delays, lost luggage and hotel reservation mix-ups will require patience to manage effectively. Patience will also be needed when traveling to an area where vehicular traffic is notoriously congested and slow. Before losing patience, Greta’s Travels suggests learning to accept the things that can’t be controlled and to focus on the positive outlooks of the trip instead.

The Ability to Minimize

When traveling, it’s best to bring along only the items that are absolutely essential. This can serve as a good lesson in how to minimize, which can be useful in other aspects of life, such as in your career. Getting rid of belongings that aren’t needed allows a person to live a freer life without being weighed down by extra possessions. Not only that, but the less that you have, the better chance that you can get something meaningful from your trip like a pen from a friend that you made, or other small gifts.  

All of the lessons learned from traveling can help a person become a better-rounded individual and live a more fulfilling life.