In this guide, we’ll look at 20 reasons to travel around the world and explore why each one matters.
Why do you want to travel around the world?
Everyone has different reasons to travel around the world. What are yours?
Is it to see new places? To meet new people? To learn about different cultures? Or something else entirely?
No matter what your reasons are, we can all agree that there are some great benefits to traveling around the world.
Whatever your reason, we’re here to help you explore the world and find your own personal reasons to travel.
1. To see new places
This is probably the most common reason people have for wanting to travel. After all, the world is an incredibly big and diverse place, and there’s always something new to see.
No matter how much you read or how many pictures you look at, nothing can compare to actually being there in person. Seeing new places is a great way to learn about different cultures and ways of life, and it can also be a lot of fun.
Take a look at these dream destinations around the world for inspiration!
2. To meet new people
One of the best things about travel is the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world. When you’re exploring a new place, you’ll inevitably run into other travelers who are doing the same thing.
This is a great chance to make new friends and learn about different cultures and lifestyles. Even if you don’t end up making any long-term friends, meeting new people is always a fun experience.
3. To learn about different cultures
When you travel, you’ll be exposed to other cultures. This is a great opportunity to learn about different customs, traditions, history, and beliefs.
You might also get to try new food, listen to new music, and experience life in a completely different way. Learning about other cultures can be both educational and eye-opening, and it’s one of the best reasons to travel.
4. To experience life outside the comfort zone
Most of us live our lives within a pretty small comfort zone. We stick to the same routines, eat the same food, and socialize with the same people.
While there’s nothing wrong with this, it can be fun and adventurous to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time.
When you travel, you’ll be forced to do new things and try new experiences. This can be a great way to learn about yourself and what you’re capable of.
5. To see the world from a different perspective
When you travel, you’ll inevitably run into people who have different perspectives and opinions than you do. This is a great opportunity to learn about other people’s perspectives and gain a new understanding of the world.
You might also learn that your own perspectives are not as set in stone as you thought they were. Travel teaches us many things, and can be a great way to open your mind and see the world in a new light.
6. To get away from it all
Sometimes, you just need to get away from your everyday life. Whether you’re feeling stressed out, burnt out, or just need a break, traveling can be the perfect solution.
Getting away from your usual routine can help you relax and recharge, and it can also give you a new perspective on life. If you’re feeling like you need a break from the office and computer screen, don’t hesitate to book a ticket and get away.
7. To improve physical and mental health
There are countless studies that show the benefits of travel on physical and mental health. Travel can help reduce stress, improve heart health, and even boost your immune system.
In addition, travel can also help fight depression and anxiety. If you’re looking for ways to improve your health, consider adding some travel to your life.
8. Learn a new language
Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Traveling is a great way to do it. When you’re in a new country, you’ll be forced to speak the local language. This is an immersive way to learn, and it’s also a lot of fun.
In addition to learning new languages, you’ll also get to experience the culture of other countries firsthand. This is one of the best reasons to travel if you’re looking to learn a new language.
9. To find yourself
If you’re feeling lost in life, traveling can be a great way to find yourself. When you leave your familiar surroundings and venture out into the world, you’ll have the opportunity to rediscover who you are.
This can be a life-changing experience, and it’s one of the best reasons to travel. If you’re searching for some direction in life, don’t hesitate to pack your bags and hit the road.
10. To go through your bucket list
Do you have a list of things you want to do before you die? Is there a destination you’ve always wanted to see, but have been putting off? If so, traveling can help you check some items off that list.
Whether you want to see the Northern Lights, the Eiffel Tower or climb Mount Everest, there’s no better time to do it than now. So get out there and start ticking items off your bucket list.
11. Tickle your taste buds
One of the best things about traveling is that you’ll get to try new food. From exotic fruits to delicious street food, there’s no shortage of new flavors and local delicacies to explore.
From the spicy food of Asia to the delicious Mediterranean cuisine of Greece, there’s a whole world of flavor waiting to be discovered. So get out there and start exploring.
12. To create lasting memories
Traveling is one of the best ways to create lasting memories. When you look back on your life, you’ll remember the places you’ve been and the things you’ve seen.
You’ll also remember the people you met and the experiences you had. These memories will stay with you for the rest of your life, so don’t hesitate to travel and create some great ones.
Here’s some tips on how to keep your travel memories alive after you return.
13. To meet new people
When you travel, you’ll meet a lot of new people. This is one of the best parts of traveling, as you’ll get to interact with people from all over the world.
You’ll also get to learn about their cultures and way of life. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and create lasting relationships.
14. Rethink your career
If you’re not happy with your career, traveling can be a great way to rethink your options. When you see the world, you’ll get a new perspective on what’s possible.
You might even find a new career that you’re passionate about. It was traveling that helped me create an online business that has helped me do more of what I love. Perhaps the same thing will happen to you?
Related: Digital Nomad Jobs For Beginners
15. Taking a gap year between studies
If you’re a student, consider taking a gap year to travel. Many people find that by the time they are 21, they have been in education for a solid 15 years. This can be tiring and you may feel the need for a break before taking on further studies or joining the workforce.
A gap year is an ideal opportunity to travel, learn new skills and just take some time out to figure out what you want to do next.
16. Spend time with family or friends
Do you have friends and family scattered around the world you want to reconnect with? If so, traveling can be a great way to do it.
Visiting them in their home country is a great way to catch up and make some new memories together. Plus, they’ll probably be more than happy to show you around and introduce you to their culture.
17. Go on a grand adventure
I love to set travel challenges when planning long trips. For example, I have previously cycled from England to South Africa and Alaska to Argentina. What’s your challenge going to be?
Doing something like this is a great way to see the world and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Adventures await!
17. Living life to the full
We only have one life to live, so we might as well make the most of it. People travel so they can see and do things that we would never have the opportunity to do otherwise.
So why not make the most of your time on this earth by exploring as much of it as you can?
18. Connect with nature
There’s something special about being in nature that can’t be found anywhere else. When you travel to places like the Amazon rainforest or the African savannah, you’ll get to experience this first-hand.
Being in nature can help you feel more connected to the world and can be a great way to relax and de-stress. Your travel experiences may take you to many beautiful places in nature.
Related: How to be a responsible traveler
19. Scratch that itch
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to visit a certain country or see a particular sight. Daily life in the same place just doesn’t do it for you any more. If so, what are you waiting for?
Most people live their lives leaving their travel dreams unfulfilled. Don’t let that happen to you! Start planning that trip and make it happen.
20. Because it’s fun
At the end of the day, many people love traveling because it is just plain fun. It’s a chance to explore new places, try new things, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Remember, often times the journey is more important than the destination!
Everyone has their own reasons to travel. Whether it is to discover fascinating places, visit family, experience new cultures, or just to have some fun, there is no right or wrong answer. Travel opens the mind to all sorts of possibilities and interesting moments.
The most important thing is to do what makes you happy. So get out there and start exploring the world! Who knows, you might just find your new favorite place. I hope you’ll love travel as much as I do!
Dave is a travel writer who has been blogging at Dave’s Travel Pages since 2005. In addition to this look at what reasons you need to go travelling, he’s written hundreds of other blog posts and travel guides which you can find by using the menu and search options. Follow Dave on social media for travel inspiration from Greece and beyond: