You’ve likely heard the common expression, “Travel is the only thing you buy that actually makes you richer.” For all its corniness, it’s really undeniably true. Traveling is an investment in an irreplaceable experience. No two trips are the same, and no two people experience traveling in precisely the same way. Everyone gleans something different from climbing to the peak of Machu Picchu, and no one has the same stories to tell when they come back from snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef.
So, if no one experiences travel in the same way, how exactly does travel make you richer? There are actually three main ways that travel makes you richer in life.
Traveling Allows You to Make New Friends
Friends are an invaluable resource. They’re the family that you actually get to choose. When you’re traveling the world, you’re bound to run into people who have common values and goals in life. Just because they live across the globe, it doesn’t mean that they’re not worth keeping up with.
The amazing thing about modern travel and technology is that you can stay connected with virtually anyone you’ll meet when you’re abroad. Making new friends while on vacation? You can absolutely count that as a ka-ching!
Exploring New Terrains Helps You Explore Yourself
In addition to finding new friends while you’re on vacation, you can also become richer while traveling by getting to know yourself better.
It’s when we immerse ourselves in unfamiliar situations that we learn the most about ourselves. Take the time to invest in who you are as a person, and you’ll come out on the other side a richer, truer version of yourself.
The Memories You Make While Traveling are Priceless
To add another cliché to the mix, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” And, if a picture alone is worth a thousand words, then imagine the value of the memories captured by the photograph.
They’re priceless. At the end of the day, having a piggy bank full of memories from traveling the world is worth far more than having a piggy bank full of dollar bills.
Having both is ideal—and there’s no reason you can’t have it all!