Travel Experiences that expand your mind.

“Live like the Locals” … “Cultural Immersion”

These are a couple phrases we hear when we talk about travel experiences that expand your mind.

It’s a big world out there and people live and behave differently!  Experiencing a new culture is like stepping into a whole new world; you’re exposed to different languages, smells, colors, sights, sounds, and people. It will open your eyes to the beliefs and values other people and its influence on their everyday life. You will discover new social norms and lifestyles. It will not only change your perspective, but it will re-shape your personality as well. It’ll be an exciting and thrilling experience that you will never forget!

Here are just a few ways travel can expand your mind…

Learning new languages!  Whether it’s just a few words or you decide to go fluent, travel is the best excuse to learn a new language. Once you’re immersed in a new destination, you’ll be surprised at just how fast your language skills develop with everyday interactions. Even if you can only manage “Hello, how are you?”, chances are the locals will warm to you and your efforts to learn a little of their tongue.

 

Try new cuisines!  One of the best things about new destinations and cultures is the food! It might be creamy coconut curries and fried insects in Thailand, foul-smelling fermented shark in Iceland or roasted guinea pig in Peru, but the opportunity to sample traditional delicacies from other corners of the globe will introduce you to unique flavors and customs. Cooking classes are a great way to learn a few techniques and better understand the ingredients used, allowing you to recreate recipes for friends and family back home.

 

Perspective!  If you’ve grown up with all the comforts of the modern world and had the opportunity to go to school or even university, it’s easy to forget that this isn’t the case for everyone in the world. Traveling to other countries, particularly those in the developing world, can be a big wake up call and put your own life in perspective. Things that you may take for granted, like having running hot water, modern appliances and the opportunity to study and get a well-paid job at the end of it are not available to everyone, purely because of where they were born. You’ll probably come away with a new appreciation for everything you have and the opportunities that life throws your way.

 

 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
 St. Augustine