How Travel Changed Me

arc de triomphe black and white It can be hard to sum up how travel changes you. When I try to sum up how it changed me, I think of how I'm more interested in different cultures, more open-minded, and more willing to try new things, not to mention all the "soft skills" I've strengthened like getting better at navigating directions, independence, and a better understanding of the world.

But it's so much more than that. To put it into words, to sum it up in one sentence - it just isn't enough. I could write a novel on how travel changed me, but when honestly trying to come up with how to describe it, I feel like I'm coming up short.

You just know you've changed from travel. You know you're a different person, and a better person because of it. And when people ask you why they should travel and leave the comfort of their home country, or why they should spend money on plane tickets instead of designer bags, you answer saying it's worth it and it'll change you for the better. But how, they ask?

I think the answer is different for every person, but the only way to know how travel changes people is to go out and experience it for yourself.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

– Mark Twain