Travelling Will Make You Richer
I know what you are thinking.
You’re thinking, “How the hell does travelling make you richer?”
Hold our horses, I’m going to tell you in a second.
But first, just to be clear… I’m not talking about travelling to Vegas for the weekend.
Or being a tourist.
I’m taking about real travel!
About being a true traveler!
For longer than a week.
Travel that changes you for the better. Travel that opens your mind, and exposes you to new cultures and customs and food and people.
In other words, travel that is preferable international.
That’s what I’m taking about!
What’s holding you back?
Now you might be thinking, “Wait isn’t travel expensive? Flights, hotels and taxi’s blah, blah, blah!”
Sure sure, it can be.
But it depends on how you do it, and how smart you are.
More on that in a different post.
But what I’m saying here is that you can actually become richer because of travel.
And while I’m not just taking about financially rich, I’m also talking about that too.
But one thing at a time.
First let me list the obvious, non-financial benefits to travelling that WILL make your life richer.
Here are a few of them:
- New friendships and relationships with fascinating people
- New amazing experiences
- Opportunities to get out of your comfort zone
- Confidence in yourself to do new & challenging things
- Strengthening you level of adaption to change
- Learning to let go of your comforts and feelings of “the known”
- Opportunities to touch the lives of the people whose path you cross
- A change to see and really EXPERIENCE places and things you never would have without taking the leap
- Increased relaxation
- High levels of job and feelings of happiness
That’s a pretty awesome list isn’t it, and it could go on…
Because there are just some of the ways in which travel and can will make you richer.
But the reason I am writing this article is because no matter who I speak with about my travels – I undoubtedly get the response
“You’re so lucky” or “I’m so jealous.”
I realized the majority of people don’t think that real travel is within their reach until they are older or more financially stable.
And often blame money.
Or the restrictions of their work.
Or even relationships.
Are you one of these people?
Now you might have some debt, and I’m not going to get into that.
But what I do want to ask is this…
Where have you ALWAYS wanted to go?
That place that has been on you bucket list since you were a teenager!
Where is it?
Maybe it’s somewhere in Africa.
Maybe it’s Italy or France or Scotland or an island in South East Asia.
No matter where it is, I want to remember WHY you first wanted to go there.
Why you used to dream about it?
Now at some point it stopped being a dream and a possibly and
Why have you never made it a priority?.
Look, I know it’s not easy.
And granted, when you are in collage there is little money for anything else other than textbooks and food and gas money, but what about now.
What about the years since graduation collage?
Why have you STILL not made it a priority?
Cause you think it’s about money, or luck or you are just plain scared.
And you know what, it’s ok to be a bit scared.
Cause as human beings, we tend to be afraid of the unknown.
But, if you are letting this fear or the excuses or nay-saying thoughts in your head tell you that you can’t or that you need to be wealthy first, or have huge savings first or whatever it is you are telling yourself, then you will believe it.
But just realize that YOU are the one holding yourself back.
Not bad luck.
Not any other excuse you have (and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard them all).
So now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about how else travel can make you richer.
Of course travelling requires a certain investment – the airfare costs money, accommodation, food, transport and souvenirs all cost money.
And while there are MANY ways to brings those costs down – even lower than what you are probably spending on living expenses right now, that’s a post for another day.
What I want to highlight here is that travel is an investment in yourself.
And if your future.
Some examples in my own life are that as I travelling I met many people who I’ve ended up doing projects with, or I’ve consulted for, or I’ve done networking with.
I’ve had business opportunities.
I was also exposed to the way other places, states, countries and even towns did things.
I was inspired creatively in my work and in my life.
And I’m not alone in this.
Take Blake Mycoskie – the creator of TOMS shoes.
Blake had his big idea while travelling in Argentina in South America.
Not only is Tom’s shoes a for profit AND not for profit business, but their ideals and the “one-for-one” concept has influence millions of people and many businesses, and has started an trend and movement of conscious consumers.
And this has not only made Blake richer, but all the people he has employed over the years, and all the people around the world who received TOMS shows as a result of his company has given away since 2006 has made MANY people richer.
So ask yourself these questions…
- What does being Rich mean to you?
- What kind of life would you life if you had a Rich life?
- Are are you ready to see how travel can make you richer?
Because if you are, I cant’ wait to cheer you on.
In the meantime, in the comments below I want to hear from YOU!
Have you have an experience while travelling that has made you richer?