“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller.
It’s the 42nd commemoration of World Tourism Day!
Celebrated each year on 27 September, this global observance day is aimed at fostering awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution that the sector can make towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
There’s a whole wide world out there, and it contains so many unknowns – but we all only get one life. This is why we should travel the world while we have the chance. If you’re just starting to think about why you should travel, or you’re looking for reasons to travel, this year’s theme “Rethinking Tourism” will help you see the top five reasons why you should travel the world.
You’ll make new friends from different cultures:
Making connections to people from all over the world is a great thing. That’s what visiting new places does to you. You’ll make great friends from around the globe and you’ll get to see things from different perspectives. Seeing new places is very closely followed by the people you meet. You’ll keep in touch with them over time, and they might even let you stay at theirs the next time your feet get itchy.
Traveling helps build character:
The more you see the world, the more you’ll realize how it really works. You’ll learn so much about yourself along the way, and your organizational skills will be sharpened as you try to make the most of your time in a new place. You’ll be challenged to figure things out along the way, like where to sleep or how to use the transit system in new cities. It will make you wiser and more open to opportunities, and you’ll prove to yourself that you can handle anything.
You’ll enjoy new and amazing sights:
You could read about the Wonders of the World online, or you can go and see them with your own eyes. Wherever you go, you’ll find incredible new things to marvel at – whether it’s Niagara Falls, the Great Wall of China, or the pyramids of Egypt, you’ll be in awe at the magnificence of our planet. When you come back home, you’ll be proud of yourself, and grateful to yourself for leaving no experience behind. It’s way better than looking at a computer screen.
You’ll learn new languages:
Language is the most powerful tool ever as our understanding of the world depends on our ability to describe it. Some languages have words that cannot be translated into English. By learning a new language, you could experience a feeling you never knew existed. During your travels, you may only learn a few phrases – a simple “please” and “thank you”, or a “where is the bathroom?”. You might not be fluent, but learning these phrases in the local language are guaranteed to come in handy. The more you learn, the more you’ll be able to communicate with an entirely new group of people.
You’ll be exposed to new cuisines:
Since you’ll probably be moving around a lot, meaning you’ll be hungry most of the time. Don’t be afraid to give your taste buds a workout – you might discover foods that you didn’t even know you liked. Speak to locals to find out how they cook certain dishes, and what ingredients they use. If you ever want to remember your favourite sights and sounds from travelling, you can use similar ingredients to cook up something new! Use the tastes and smells to remind you of your travel experiences and take them with you wherever you go.
You can’t help but enjoy living in each moment when you’re travelling. You won’t have time to dwell on the past or worry about the future. Even as the restrictions of covid-19 are being relaxed, learn to enjoy each moment, and make every opportunity count. See the World!
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