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Why should you travel?

Are there many people say that travelling extensively associated to the massive costs?

It may be a good idea to share our thoughts with all of you. So here goes.

We know there’s so many people out there that has been to many places and had far better experiences through their travels than we do. There are heaps of travelers out there who’s on the Round The World trip right now. We do know there are many more who does not travel as often. While this is true to many different cultures, it is especially true to Asian people.

What this piece of writing intended to do is to share the benefits we’ve gained through travels with you and how it could enhance your personal growth.

Why you need to travel more?

Travel in this context does not necessarily mean going abroad regularly (though it does help), but it could also mean travelling within the country, anywhere that is slightly different to your usual environment, your home. We focus on the benefits of travelling out of the country.


Amazingly charming flower growing up on Luon Cave


1. Travel opens up your mind and knowledge

There are so many benefits of travelling. Ask anyone who travels on a regular basis, they will tell you that they’ve learnt a lot from their travels. When you travel, you are being exposed to something different from what you’re used to do at home. Travel will stimulate your sense of a place. This stimulation will enhance your self-awareness within a place and therefore will force you to evaluate the conditions you are in. Be it good or bad, travel will make you adapt to the new environment and will force you to make the necessary changes. It will broaden your knowledge of a place and ultimately sense of survival.

2. You’ll learn a new language and a different culture too

One of the coolest thing about travel is you get to learn a new language. Don’t expect to master a language within a couple of days or months, but you do naturally pick up a word or two in the local language fairly quickly. Simple things such as ‘hello’, ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’ in a local language do wonders in your travels. Try remembering a few sentences in a local language where you’re travelling. You will generate conversations with locals and who knows you might also be invited for tea if you’re lucky. And for those of you who love shopping, it’s not rare for some sellers to give additional discounts should bargaining be possible.

You may see many different ways of behaviors, costumes or routines of local people which you may not have the chance to know if you just stay indoors at home.

3. And the variety of food you’re not exposed to at home

Another really cool thing about travel is that you’ll be able to sample different dishes from around the world. A dish tells many things about the place you’re in. In Italy you’ll be exposed to superb quality of food sourced from locally fresh ingredients. This shows that Italians (as if you don’t already know) are very particular about their food and what goes in their plates. In Albania, we’re exposed to the wonderful taste of lamb. Lambs in Albania are organic and this was evident in the quality of their meat. In Portugal I was amazed by the abundance of fantastic fish dishes at great prices, whilst in the UAE, each dish are accompanied by superb and fresh salad bowl for free. Later throw in the Damascene cuisine from Syria which amazingly tasted great with a wide array of dishes too!

Our Vietnamese food is also great with different ingredients, tastes & sometimes you can see us eating by hands instead of using folk, spoon, and chopsticks…you still feel everything is yummy in a special way.

Besides, learning about other cuisines will enhance your understanding of your very own beloved cuisines better.

4. Meet a lot of people

One of the greatest assets of travelling is to meet a host of people. Everyone is different but yet the same. We all like to communicate and to connect, no better way to do this than by travelling. You will connect with a number of wonderful people on the road. Best of all, you will learn a lot by talking to them. You are sometimes laughed at your accent if you try to talk to them by their languages but it’s not any problem as all of these communications are memorable and priceless. It’s not rare to connect with other travelers once you’re back at home.


Halong bay boats on peaceful sunsets


5. You will learn how to manage your finances properly

Believe it or not, travelers are really good at budgeting their money compared to most people. It is a misconception that all travelers spend a lot of money travelling. A lot of people who travels abroad regularly don’t spend as much as you think they do. These travelers often have a certain limit to their daily spending. This includes accommodation, food and drink bills, transportation and other expenses. When you travel on a regular basis you always have to consider the unexpected expenses that might disrupt your journey. So taking all of these factors into account could in times make or break your travels. You may be always frugal about how much you spend during travels. You would normally have a certain budget  your mind and would try to stick to it. We’re not saying we’re really good at sorting out finances, but our awareness towards the financial goals have increased through extensive travelling.

6. It will look good on your CV

Believe it or not, a lot of travelling will help you find the next job you’re looking for! Employers love their future prospects to be self-dependant, adaptive to a new environment and have great interpersonal skills. Most travelers do have this quality and a lot of employers do know this. Plus they have that added local knowledge of different places they’ve been to. Who knows your next employer might just send you abroad to meetings.

7. You’ll learn more about yourself than ever before

All of these benefits bring to the most important benefit of them all – Learning about yourself. Your continuous travel abroad has made you a different person than you were before. Travelling  extensively has given us more confidence in ourselves particularly in our abilities to trust upon our instincts when we have no one else to refer to.

8. If it’s good for you it’s good for the country too!

This is pure common sense. There’s so many things you can learn from visiting other countries that hopefully you’ll be able to implement it in the future! For instance, travel around Europe reveals that the usage of cars could be reduced by a margin should we change the way we design our cities. The extensive use of public transportation would help this even further. Also, it is very important to preserve our culture and heritage. A country without strong roots is likely to be stiff and boring.


Cycling on road at Cat Ba Island

Cycling on Cat ba Island on Halong Day tour.

9. It’s cheaper to travel abroad now than ever before

It’s now MUCH more affordable to travel than ever before! You can hunt the Super Saver tickets from Air Asia Airlines, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Airlines…to travel around Asia. Make use of this and expand your horizons.

Hopefully you’ve seen the good sides of travelling. If you haven’t travelled yet, do save up some money and start with somewhere nearer to your neighboring countries or to Asia especially Vietnam. You’ll be surprised of the traveling cost in Vietnam: cheap & safe.


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