Why is travel so important?

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One of the fundamental values of travelling is that, it breaks the monotony of life and work. Life, for most people, is a mad rush from one place to another, from one activity to another, trying to gather as much as possible.

Often people forget about whom they are and what they are. There is no time to stand at stare, no time for leisure. People tend to forget the values of life. Travelling is a time when people relax, reflect and think. It is seen that most people, after a peaceful travel, re­turn home with a fresh outlook, new energy and a better deter­mination.

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Travel is important because it transforms us completely. The wonderful experience of waking up to the power of your own transformation fires you up to “be the change you want to see in the world,” as Gandhi puts it.

By taking a break from your daily life, and by just unplugging yourself from the horrendous glitches of the technology and engaging in new activities in new places, you will have an easier and healthier opportunity to release unwanted habits. Also, it feels wonderful to go to a new place and be amongst people who know absolutely nothing about you; just like you know nothing of what they are! It strengthens your willingness and gives you a strong urge to broaden your horizons and feel yourself in a new way all over again.

Travelling is an awesome way for you to rejuvenate. It refreshes you and provides you with a much needed break.
However, for your travel to be refreshment and not some kind of tedious experience there are a few things that you need to be kept in mind-

1. Travel smart.
A smart traveler knows the local language adequately and knows what to take along and what not to. Keep cash and traveler’s cheques at an arm’s distance. Easily accessible and yet, not so obvious that you will have to constantly worry about thieves. Make yourself acquainted with some basic terms of the local language of the place you are travelling to.

2. Pack right.
Wherever you go, you will always think that you did not bring along that particular dress or maybe you packed so much and forgot something essential and sometimes your luggage gets so heavy that it becomes difficult to move it! So there are some basics that you should pack on. These will keep you away from those anxiety moments when you think you have underdressed and should have brought that party dress. So here’s a list of what and what not to carry-
-Some casual bottoms like jeans and corduroys. Take only 1-2 pairs. Select the t-shirts and tops that match with both the bottoms
-Some casual t-shirts and tops.
-A pair of comfortable footwear that will go with any casual outfit.
-A skirt, that can be made from casual wear to party wear as per requirement
-A nice top for a party that you may have to attend
-Carry lots of accessories so that you can mix and match and wear whatever you wish to.
Also, if you are visiting your family, there may be chances of some ceremony. So choose one dress for that special occasion and appropriate footwear.

3. Music.
Travelling gets tedious when you have to travel for long hours in a plane, bus or a train. Carry a portable music player with headphones or even your cell phone would work wonders! Just keep a charger with you and plug in your headphones!

4. Take a camera.
Click lots of pictures while you travel. You will feel a lot more energized when you see how beautiful the world around you is. Plus, you get to capture some beautiful memories of your travel!

5. Remember that you are there because you want to be.
Enjoy your travel as much as you can. Treat yourself and keep yourself fresh. If you love the sea visit a beach, if you love the winters enjoy a hill station or a snow clad mountain, if you love the summers go for a road trip or a trek!

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Travel is all about leaving behind your routine and venturing into something new. It is all about crossing your comfort zones to face things that you may not have seen or experienced before. So whenever you travel to a place to refresh yourself, just leave all your office tensions, politics, promotions and everything that stresses you back home. You will be happier that way. Also, don’t constantly worry about the work that you have to do when you return or your deadlines or the jetlag. Let the things flow in their way. Don’t stress up and make your travelling sound like a burden or unwanted exercise.

Most people lead a life that is caught up in a tedious and boring routine, and this leads to lack of time for oneself and it is then difficult to find time for self reflection.

As an individual dedicated to becoming the best version of myself, it’s extremely important for me to take a step back and to look at myself so that I can evaluate my assets and my liabilities in terms of my overall personality and behavior.