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Post by Guest Writer & Blogger: Chelsea DuHaime
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
To many, wanderlust is an overused word to describe the desire to travel, but it’s so much more than that. Wanderlust is not merely a need for escape, but it’s a desire to experience life. Whether you’d like to admit it or not, we often get stuck in the comfort of our daily routines. Routines keep us steady, they keep our ambitions on track to achieve our goals, but it’s easy to get lost in the hustle, bustle of everyday life. Take some advice from an overachiever suffering from high-functioning anxiety… Never become so busy making a living that you forget to live your life. For my fellow overachievers stuck in the daily routine rut, here are 6 reasons to book your next adventure ASAP.
Travel opens your eyes to new cultures
When trapped in a routine rut, we often suffer from tunnel vision. We hear about stories in the news, we see dreamy destinations promoted on social media, we read about tales of romance, travel, and adventure, yet many of us aren’t inspired enough to explore. Sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day details of our lives, that we forget to question what we know. The cure for tunnel vision? Travel. Meet new people, (attempt to) speak a new language, indulge in exotic foods, explore new terrain, and embrace each moment that comes your way.
Travel allows you to remain anonymous
Unless you’re Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s probably safe to say that no one knows who you are in an unfamiliar setting. Embrace it. You are no longer defined by your career, family, or relationship obligations. You’re free to be yourself and even better, sometimes you grow into someone completely new. With travel comes experiences that question what we know, who we are, and what we consider to be valuable. Plan. Book. Explore. Grow. Reinvent yourself.
Travel makes you question your lifestyle
I know I’ve said it before, but are you truly living? Don’t become so busy earning that ca$h money that you forget to use it! It’s all about balance, but you can’t put a price on experience. We often book a trip to escape for a week or two at a time, but travel offers so much more than that. It can reignite your passions, awaken dreams that had faded long ago, and has the ability to make us question how we choose to live out the rest of our days. Don’t get stuck in a rut. Start researching locations that inspire you and book your next adventure.
Travel develops relationships you never dreamed of
I landed my first gig in tech, thanks to travel. Long story short, a girl chatted me up at the airport, we became close friends (and still are to this day), she referred for my first job, which resulted in my relocation to Los Angeles. I’ve remained here for the past 4 years until yet again, travel changed my life. I met the love of my life back in my city by the bay. We both grew up in the outskirts of San Francisco, attended rival high schools, and he even worked at my local hangout spot, yet I would’ve never met him if I hadn’t traveled home for the holidays last winter. My point being, you don’t have to go far to meet people who will change your life. Keep an open mind and embrace those you meet along your journey.
Travel creates memories of a lifetime
This pretty much goes without saying, but travel reminds us that there are bigger things in life than owning the shiniest objects. In a business-oriented world with tech-savvy marketing strategies, sometimes we forget that it’s more important to collect memories instead of items. You only live once. Don’t let your time go to waste.
Travel ignites a fire within your soul
Point-blank, travel makes us feel alive. It challenges us to rethink our lifestyle in ways we would’ve never expected. It’ll beg the question, are you happy? If you’re not happy, what’s the point to this crazy, chaotic life?
We wanderlust to live rather than earn a living. If you’re in a routine rut, visit Brunette Decorum’s guides to brainstorm your next trip. Remember, you don’t have to go far for inspiration. Whether you’re looking for an exotic escape or local getaway, your next adventure is sure to challenge your perspective, question your lifestyle, and create memories that will be discussed for years to come.