I personally consider traveling as an act of self-discovery. But how does it happen that you suddenly know yourself better after you’ve landed in a different location? It’s easy to argue with this assumption; and how it’s possible that when you are in contact with different cultures, places, and people you start to understand better how you think and who you are?
Anthropologist Edward T. Hall wrote that only when we are forced to take another cultural system into account we do fully understand our own cultures and our own values. The point is, you start to notice that we are all equal, and when we get lost in the differences of other people and cities from the one we were born, we suddenly start to realize how beautiful is our uniqueness. After traveling, you will start to notice that magically these things will start to happen:
- You will start to see how beautiful is your hometown;
- You’ll start to miss the food, climate, sea, or whatever is good in your country;
- You will find yourself more humble.
About the third point, I’ve noticed this thing that characterizes most of the people that never really moved from their hometown. They are poisonously arrogant. I will give you an example. I’ve spent my last summer in a small town in the South of Italy, and there was this girl. She was gorgeous, we had some friends in common, so I started to speak to her. She was apparently annoyed that someone was talking to her and preferred to check her likes on Instagram. She was probably too much accustomed to the fact that all the guys from her small town were falling down her legs. But, honestly, the only thing I’ve felt for this girl was tenderness. She believed to be the most beautiful, but she can say that probably just in her small town. I’ve lived three years in Milan already, and if any girl would start to act like she did, people would have started to laugh at her face. As she would have been pretty average in Milan, in terms of beauty and intellectually. Stop comparing yourself with others, you will never win, neither lose. And when you do it, it’s like insulting yourself and your uniqueness. The same example as the one of the girl transposed in the finance area, think about a millionaire that would start to act like he is a god. Maybe he is the richest in his city. But then, in L.A. there is someone with a billion dollars net worth. You can’t win at this game, don’t even start it.
But let’s come back to the benefits of traveling. The point is, that when you are in another country, you are forced to change your habits. I’ve lived in a hostel at Tallinn for four months, I was forced to wake up and see different people from the previous day, or to eat something different from my (lovely) Italian food, I had to stop drinking coffee perhaps as I didn’t have a Moka available. These are little instances able to make you understand that when you’re abroad, getting out of your comfort zone and experimenting becomes the normality. In fact, even the simplest and more automatic (this is good also to align your conscious and sub-conscious mind under a psychological aspect, and gain more self-control and confidence in yourself) thing you can do like speaking in your native language becomes hard when you’re in some other countries.
However, besides that, I’ve found these amazing quotes about the benefits of traveling that I’d love to share with you. They express in a very direct and synthetic way the awesomeness of finding yourself lost in some disorder, randomness, and casualty as you’re forced to do when you’re abroad. And this is what makes you grow. The same as when you hit the gym and “destroy” your muscle fiber by exposing them to calibrated-disorder (hypertrophy), then they will regrow stronger.
Enjoy and don’t forget to share the quotes!