Now that 2017 is well and truly underway, perhaps many of you had a bit of down time to reflect on the year that has just gone by and what you have learnt, challenged yourself and accomplished. With a new year comes fresh goals and a retrospective outlook on what you can do to improve and better yourself in the upcoming year. As we grow wiser and more mature, we become accustomed to and can anticipate the highs and lows of a pending year – how after a couple months of work, you need to give your mind and body a break from the daily routine.
While being productive and efficient is definitely a positive, everyone (and I mean, everyone) needs to have a break. To let themselves recharge, reflect and recover from the stress and pressure of the ‘daily grind’ and routine. That is why some say that travelling heals the mind, body and soul.
The excitement of travelling is not just about hopping onto that plane and experiencing all the tourist sights and pleasures, but also what travelling can do to your mind – creating everlasting memories and lessons, which you can replay over and over again, in your head. It is true that once you travel, you always become a slightly different person, whether in thinking, experience or outlook.
And that is purely because going to a different country or even to a different state or territory in your home country, takes you out of your comfort zone, forces you to adapt to other peoples’ way of life and exposes you to things that you would not have first-hand knowledge of. While some people may find travelling stressful, many, many others find this experience invigorating, exciting and absolutely rewarding.
So the next time you feel a bit slumpy or burnt out from life and work, consider that holiday you’ve been meaning to book, get on that plane and let yourself be inspired and replenish your mind and soul with a deep history lesson of another country and culture.
Emily is a finance graduate from UNSW. With a passion for discovering life’s little secrets, she is always seeking adventure to unmask beauty in all facets; from make – up investments to travelling the world.