Travel is a phenomenal industry. In 2017, the U.S. travel and tourism generated over $1.6 trillion and supported 7.8 million U.S. jobs. That explains why Covid-19 affected as many people as it did along with affecting the economy’s revenue at such an alarming rate. Travel and tourism exports accounted for 11 percent of all U.S. exports and nearly a third (32 percent) of all U.S. service exports. The travel industry is special and one can see that people enjoy experiencing the world. Here are 5 reasons why you should travel.
November 1, 2020
By: Darius Malbon
1. New Experiences
Throughout life, one can continue to have a repetitive routine. Many people can get caught up in his or her ways and lose the desire to create something new. One reason why people travel is for new experiences.
When you have a new experience, you become refreshed. I don’t know about you, but I definitely need to feel refreshed at times. Doing the same thing over and over and lacking creativity can get extremely bland. Becoming rejuvenated can be that one thing that can change someone’s life. With more energy, your work and mental health can increase tremendously. When this happens, the fulfillment for your life increases which makes living life ten times better. Travelling has personally allowed me to find joy in what this world has to offer.
Reflection 1: New experiences can change the trajectory of your life.
2. Enjoying The Food
I don’t know too many people who can say that they don’t like food. People enjoy food. Being able to travel the world and experiencing new cuisines can change your life. One can eat an Italian dish here in America and try the same dish in Italy and one can tell the difference in the authenticity of the food. Food also brings people together. Many people can connect and become friends over a great meal.
When I traveled to Egypt, they focused on staying away from pork and many meats. Even though, my meals were more focused on grains, vegetables, and other herbs, the taste of the food was exquisite. Also, I felt energized and healthy after I ate the food over in Egypt. When I eat here in America, there are many times when I feel that the food is too processed and can also cause me to not feel as clean.
Reflection 2: Enjoying different cuisines can allow you to appreciate the different cultures across the world.
3. Connecting With People
There is something special about traveling. Maybe it is the change of pace or the scenery; however, travel allows people to bond and transcend normal circumstances in society. Often times, one can meet someone who becomes a life time friend or a future business partner. If you’re lucky, you may even find the love of your life through travel. When you travel, you share a bond with people that you may have never came across with in your life if you would’ve stayed in your normal location.
I have been blessed to travel in and out of the country multiple times. There have been plenty of people that I have came across that are still in my life today. It amazes me that if I would’ve never traveled to that location at that particular time, I may have never created a relationship with them. Another benefit of travel is that many of my family and friends become closer to one another during trips. I don’t know if it’s just the atmosphere or break from normal life; however, I will say travel changed my life for the better as it pertains to my relationships.
Reflection 3: Travel can introduce you to many individuals and impact your relationships in a positive light.
4. Attaining Perspective
Perspective is the #1 reason why I travel. When someone travels, you realize the world doesn’t revolve around you. One begins to understand that there are other cultures and other ways of thinking that may be beneficial. I cannot count the number of times that attaining perspective changed my whole outlook on life.
I remember going to Canada a few years back, and I was amazed on how similar it was to the U.S. but how different it was at the same time. We traveled to Calgary, Alberta and had a phenomenal experience. The amount of diversity there and cohesiveness was attractive to me especially since there are many people from different countries that live there. However, there was one thing that caught me off guard and that was the amount of information that Canadians knew about the U.S. It made me realize that other countries have the perspective to research other places versus Americans being stuck in our own bubble. Most Americans know about America and that’s it, but many other countries understand the importance of knowing about other countries and cultures.
Reflection 4: Perspective can open your mind and cause you to look at life differently.
5. Creating Memories
When you create a memory, you create something that can last a life time. Memories become stories to share with family and friends. Also, this can be one way to connect and bond with other individuals. The memories that you share with someone are unique because only you and the people you are with can share that memory. One can also say that memories draw people closer because it allows us to share stories which allows humans to relate with one another.
After all of my experiences, it is hard to say that I have one favorite memory because each trip was a completely different. Every trip allowed me to bond with people and see things differently. By having multiple experiences through trips, it has allowed me to share memories and stories with different types of people which allowed me to connect on a deeper level.
Reflection 5: Memories can be the gateway for someone attaining a new perspective and connecting deeply with someone.
Psalm 115:16 – The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind.
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“Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Spotlight” SELECTUSA, accessed October 27, 2020https://www.selectusa.gov/travel-tourism-and-hospitality-industry-united-states#:~:text=Overview,of%20all%20U.S.%20services%20exports