We all love that one place where we Travel at the first chance we get. Whether it is the beach shack in Goa, or the roads to Kasol, or a simple trip to Alibaug with friends. There is one place, where we travel at least once a year, and keep going back for more.
While it is fun to have that one special escape from routine, is not travel about getting out of your comfort zone?
Taking the instance of Steve Jobs. He came to India as a teenager in search of enlightenment. He returned disappointed, following a brush with lice, scabies, dysentery and a near mob thrashing after he protested at being sold watered-down buffalomilk.
But the trip did mark a turning point in his life. He arrived in India, accompanied by his friend Dan Kottke, who later became Apple’s first employee. Soon, he had swapped his jeans and T-shirts for lungis as he set out from Delhi for the Himalayas. Along the way, Jobs and Kottke slept in abandoned buildings and survived on local food.
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Similarly, if you expose yourself to uncertainty, and eschew relaxation for exploration, the result is personal growth, greater Emotional Agility, empathy, and creativity.
If you are a beach person, a trip to the mountains will teach you something new. If you love your house in your native village, a road trip through the rest of the state, instead of cosying up at home, will create a more meaningful travel experience.
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According to a study on Cultural exposure, emotional intelligence, and cultural intelligence by Kerrie Crown travelling to a new place creates emotional agility. It is the ability to not react immediately to emotions, but to observe those that arise, carefully collect information to understand the possible causes, then intentionally decide how to manage them.
By spending time in unfamiliar towns, cities, or countries, you become tolerant and even accepting of your own discomfort and more confident in your ability to navigate ambiguous situations.
Another benefit of beyond-the-usual vacations is creativity. A study on recreational travel by Jessica de Bloom found that after going on an international holiday for two to three weeks, people were able to generate more and more-diverse ideas.
As long as you’re spending time in an unfamiliar environment, with people whose backgrounds and belief systems don’t entirely match yours, you’re succeeding at stretching yourself.
While now customising travel with franchisee hotels and other facilities has become the norm to make travel more comfortable, it is important to try some place new and experience novelty on the road. Hence, next time you plan a trip, pick a new place for a more fulfilling experience.
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