Around The World

2017.03.20
Around The World

Have you ever felt like you need to go somewhere, far, far away? When it’s “that time of the year” (no I don’t mean Christmas), to lay back, and forget about your daily routine (yes I meant holiday), I seem to see many people getting sudden confusion on what they will do for the long-awaited, well-deserved holiday. My suggestion? Travel. If you say you would rather spend your holiday at home, then there’s something wrong with you. I will not force you to be on the same page as I am, but I will try to convince you why you SHOULD travel.

There’s no doubt that there are many benefits coming just from travelling. My job? Lay all those benefits right here in front of you. So let’s start. Why is travelling so beneficial? Why do I think it’s so important to make a whole article focused on this specific topic?

 

suitcase  A variety of culture

Going to other countries, of course you will stumble upon different and unique cultures. Every single country in this world has their own culture, beliefs, ethnicity, personality, and characteristics. For example, Americans celebrate Halloween by trick-or-treating and having fun. On the contrary, Mexicans celebrate Halloween, or “Día de Muertos” by visiting the graves of their relatives, saying prayers and leaving possessions of the deceased. From there you can see just how diverse 2 contiguous countries could be. There are so many other diversities all around the world and these diversities can keep us open minded. It’s always a good thing to learn new culture and keeping yourself open minded, isn’t it? What better way to do so other than visiting the country yourself? Learning new culture can bring out the personality in you that you thought you never had before. And after your travel, having an open mind will always have a positive effect in your everyday life. That girl in your school who has a weird Indian accent could probably be your best friend after travelling back home from Mumbai. So visiting other countries, living with their culture, and having an open mind, can be a “whole new world” for you.

 

suitcase_2  New knowledge and language

What is another point of visiting another country? Learning, of course! Why study the history of Eiffel Tower from home, when you can go to France, stand 3 feet in front of the tower and climb it up yourself? Why bother studying Japanese from google translate when you can immerse yourself in the country. Travelling can give you these certain things like no other. Admit it, travelers will always dream of being able to speak many languages. As Nelson Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.” So, isn’t it a good thing to finally understand what your Japanese exchange student friend is saying? Or even, to finally be able to picture what your teacher said in history class about the lost city of Atlantis.

 

suitcase  A reason to disconnect

Roaming to other countries means you are surrounded by new people, new vibes, new everything. Having those new things around you while you’re travelling will keep you disconnected from your daily routine. The effects? A relaxing, calm, enjoyable getaway, or so you might say, one heck of a retreat. Disconnecting from your world isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, after a getaway you might as well be more productive once you get back. Later on, after your calm, sunny, quiet retreat from Santorini, your mind will be prepared to finish that thesis you probably postponed 2 weeks before. And just maybe, you’ll finally have something to write about.

 

suitcase_2  Lots and lots of experience

Instead of listening to your friends telling stories about how Ibiza was so alive, “turnt” and “lit”, visiting the place by yourself will surely be a great experience. Travelling gives you certain things that you can’t get just by watching “National Geographic” programs from your TV screen. As Ibn Battuta once said, “Travelling leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller”. Coming back from travelling, I guarantee you will always have a heck of a story to tell your friends. Especially If something unusual came up while you were roaming. So why not take the chance?
I understand that travelling is not as cheap as it sounds. Travelling to other continents especially, could cost a fortune. So is it still worth it to spend your money on travelling? In my opinion, “wasting” your money on something that could give you a lot of benefits is not wasting at all. Besides, travelling and meeting new people can broaden your connection, make new friends, learn new social skills, or you might even find “the one”. Unless you really can’t afford it, then you might not want to force yourself to travel. But, if you have the money, just go already!

My own unforgettable travelling experience was going to Singapore without my parents. So I had to survive about four days in a foreign country with two of my slightly older cousins, but of course our allowance was limited so what I did in order to buy lots of souvenirs was to eat only from 7-11 outlets that would usually cost around 1.00-2.50 SGD, and I could really save a lot of money to visit the highlights around the country and even buy souvenirs for my friends. So travelling taught me to “save” money for your priorities. And I learnt a lot about being independent in a foreign country.

So, would you rather watch YouTubers visiting amazing places around the world, or would you rather go see it yourself?

 

About the Author:

Jenina Permana

Jenina Permana, EF Pondok IndahFrontrunner Student

Hi! My name is Jenina Permana. It’s actually longer but shorter is easier. I am a 15-year-old student trying to survive high school. I speak fluent sarcasm; people say I’m easygoing. Please enjoy this article I wrote while I was hanging out with my friends.

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