We all have to-do lists; sometimes they contain mundane activities like going grocery shopping and taking out the garbage. But other times, they’re more exciting – like checking out a new cafe, going to see a movie, or travelling! So, today we asked 10 of our Mavericks: “Why is travelling on your to-do list?”
Travelling is important to me as it can be incredibly refreshing for the mind. Introducing yourself to new places improves your creativity and mental health. Sometimes the magic of travelling isn’t in how beautiful the place you’re travelling to is, but just in being somewhere new. It shifts your perspective and expands your world.

One reason I love travelling is because of the stories that you are able to tell when you get back from wherever you have been. When I went to America, I came back with a whole bunch of stories that I was able to share; whether it be about things I had seen, the food I had eaten, or my cultural experiences.  The time spent travelling is great, but coming back and hanging out at your local, with a coffee, chatting to your friend about the amazing things you’ve seen and done – there is nothing better than that. Doing that keeps not only your memories of a great time alive,  but it also enables your friends and family (whom may not have travelled like you before) to be motivated to travel too.

One reason travelling should be on your to-do list is because you get a taste of different cultures and it opens your eyes to the way others live. By travelling you get to learn and experience new things, that you wouldn’t get to do if you just stay close to home.

I’ve always been told that travelling makes your personality richer by giving you life experience. By travelling you’re gaining knowledge of how people live in other areas of the world and, by viewing things like this, you can be aware of your surroundings and be grateful for what you have back home. I think travelling is important for people to really understand the world they live in and to enrich their personalities.

Travelling is a chance to take a break from the daily grind and monotonous routine. You’ll find that life and the wider world has a lot to offer when you give in to the wanderlust and travel. Not only will you experience a much needed break, you’ll also be able to take a step back and be able to take an outsider look on how your day to day life going. Once you step out of your day to day bubble and explore the world, you’ll learn more about yourself – what makes you happy, and what you want from life. Travelling is a great way to reflect on how things are going, while making memories to last a lifetime.

When I had an amazing opportunity to travel to the other side of the world a few years ago, I didn’t think anything of it other than being excited to see the Eiffel Tower and learn some more French words. However, upon arrival, I found it to be much more than that. I was able to try new things and experience many unforgettable moments while I was traveling. The sites I saw and the experiences I witnessed first hand was nothing like the photographs. You should definitely have travel on your to-do list!

What I love about travelling is seeing the differences in how people go about everyday life. I remember when I first arrived in London, sitting at the train station just noticing what everyone was wearing, how different fashion was to in NZ at the time.

Travelling is the best form of escapism. Somehow out there, when you’re seeing new things and places and meeting new people, the chaotic beauty of the world sort of clicks into place and your problems about your dreary life at home seem very small. Being out of your comfort zone and purposefully getting lost in a land, in a culture is the best way to find yourself. You need to go away for a while to see the bigger picture – how do you fit in the world? What makes you stand out from all the billions of people and the millions of opinions and thoughts? Travelling is the best way to discover yourself as you discover the world.

Don’t be afraid of getting a little bit lost. As Captain Barbossa said in At World’s End, “You have to be lost to find the places that can’t be found!” There is so much more to any one place than what’s in the brochure. Going somewhere you didn’t plan for can often lead to new and exciting finds that few travellers ever see. These finds can often be the highlight of the entire trip.

I love travelling mainly because it’s an amazing feeling to be able to lose yourself in a culture that’s so different!

Why is travelling on your to-do list? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


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