Why travel is the #1 thing you need to start investing in now!

I understand the resistance to travel because of many factors, including money, time and the fear of the unknown. Some people often see it as a luxury, but the truth is; traveling can change your life. I’ve always seen traveling as the cure for everything. I choose to see the money and time as an investment, because that’s exactly what it is. There are so many possibilities and opportunities out there, you just have to go see it for yourself. Ready? Here are 10 reasons why travel should be the #1 thing you need to start investing in now!

 

1. You get to know yourself better

Traveling broadens our admittedly narrow horizons, and help us grow in so many ways. I’m a believer that the place where you were born, says very little about who you are. There is so much more to be revealed. You are unlimited. When you start traveling, something inside you changes, you can’t fight it. It’s a beautiful transformation; you become happier. You see the world with the eyes of a child, you enjoy yourself more. You become more creative, inspired, curious, enchanted with the beauties you are yet to see and the ones you already fed your eyes with. Traveling is self-development, it teaches you about your own limitations and to value experiences, the present moments. You are bound to fall in love with something you didn’t even know existed. Another very important thing you learn is tolerance. A lot happens when you travel, and being patient is the key. Whether it is a delayed flight or an overweight baggage drama, you become less frustrated and learn to roll with things. Exchanging experiences with strangers and exploring through this amazing planet takes courage, and you will learn you got a ton of it inside you.

 

2. You Learn Other Cultures/Traditions

When you travel, you have the opportunity to educate yourself. You not only learn about history, geography, economy but also, cultures and traditions. Once you dive into other cultures, it puts your whole world into perspective. You will be constantly surprised by each culture you learn. It’s all about being present, you have to experience it, and then you will understand exactly where the other person is coming from. Even If you don’t speak their language. To be interested in other cultures says so much about you. It shows respect, and people appreciate that a lot. You start treating people differently, the animals, the environment, and of course, yourself. You start seeing things from a different point of view. All of a sudden, you improve your senses; you observe more, listen better and detach yourself from judgment. “The beauty of the world, lies in the diversity of its people.” – Unknown

 

3. You Try Some AMAZING Food

Let me start with this beautiful quote from Luke Barr: “Cooking and eating in a foreign country may be the surest, truest way to its soul”. If you look back at your most memorable moments, it probably involves food somehow. I mean, I don’t know about you but I love food. Every time I’m heading to a new destination, I think about all the amazing food that I will get to experience. I try to go eat at places where the locals do as much as possible. You want to immerse yourself in their culture, it brings people together. If you are a picky eater, you can take baby steps, ask around what’s the must-have dessert, for instance. You can’t go wrong with dessert, right? Actually, you can, (trust me on this), but at least you tried. Also, it doesn’t have to be super exotic, could be something simple with a traditional/cultural touch that you haven’t experienced before. Like a Vietnamese Iced Coffee. I’m not a huge coffee fan, but ever since I tried the Vietnamese Iced coffee, I crave it. And Brazilian coffee too, it’s amazing! My dad used to say that even If you haven’t enjoyed a certain type of food, you still have to try it again and again, in different places, cause everyone makes it differently. Food is love, be open to try new things, even if it’s for the sake of improving your palate.

 

4. It Kills The Ego

If your ego is attached to the material world, traveling will be a huge positive lesson.
On our last trip to Thailand, we stayed at an amazing luxury resort in Koh Yao Yai. The resort was so big, that even spending around 6 nights there, we didn’t get to enjoy everything. Meaning, you can get lost in that world and not see anything else outside of it. But since I’m very curious to explore the surroundings, we also took time to enter the reality of the people living right outside the resort gates. Some areas were very simple and poor, but there was something beautiful about it; the people always had a big smile on their faces and actually spoke with a lot of gratitude. Every time they did bow, it humbled me, I just wanted to hug them. What I love the most about Thailand, is what they taught me, silently. Simplicity, gratitude and humbleness will get you far. I promise you that. Another example, few months ago, while traveling to the beautiful Norway (one of the richest countries in the world) we met this amazing guy, OJ. He mentioned that many students there (including himself), can’t really afford to go out to eat, like…ever! He is a hiking guide and saved my life (story for another post), so we took him out to dinner as a treat for his kindness. Nowhere fancy, but he was still thrilled. During dinner, we were talking about helping the planet, and how much food is wasted. He said that sometimes, he goes with his friends to the restaurants dumpsters to collect the sealed meat that they throw out. He smiled, he doesn’t waste food. He is part of the solution. His big blue eyes told me he was a happy man. I didn’t want to make him uncomfortable, so I quietly cried inside. You might not be close to this reality when visiting a country, but still is the reality of so many living in it. It’s humbling to see that the happiest people are the ones who don’t have much. The more you travel, the more you feel like leaving things behind. Remember to always cherish the moment and the presence of the ones around you. Practice gratitude. 

 

5. It Makes You Smarter

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you’ve travelled.” – Mohamed
By traveling, you will be exposed to other cultures, languages, history, people’s habits, etc. Please understand that there is no going back to the old you, every destination makes you new. You are going to be part of some amazing experiences and eventually you will develop a new skill/interest. I learned by traveling, that I was great at picking up new languages. And I recently discovered that I can mountain bike just fine – I was never really interested in it until I actually tried this time and had so much fun. When you open yourself to the new, you welcome joy. Your brain expands and unlocks areas that were inactive. I’m sure you will catch yourself being more social and charismatic, yes, you have been to that place too and now you have so much to share. Not to mention the access to awesome museums, monuments that were built thousands and thousands of years ago, and how about being able to actually step foot in many prehistoric sites? You will always come home with new ideas, more inspired, and smarter.
Above you see a photo of me in front of the Stonehenge, in England. One of my favorite prehistoric monuments. We will talk about it later in another post.

 

6. You meet new people/make new friends

Get rid of fear, go out there and meet new people. I’m still not a social butterfly, remember I’m a recovering anti-social? Well, it all begun with my mom telling me not to talk to strangers. I took that advice a little too far. BUT, I changed, now I talk out of my elbows lol. When you meet someone while traveling – especially If they are also a foreigner, you already found something in common; you both enjoy traveling! It’s amazing how a great conversation can happen just by “asking for directions”. That’s when you find out you have even more things in common. I can’t even begin to tell you how many friends I have around the globe and it all started with a simple “What time is it?”. It’s a gift to meet open-minded people. Culturally, emotionally, physically, whatever makes you different from the other person, also unites you. We learn so much from others all the time, keep your heart and mind open when meeting new people. Making foreign friends is much more than having a couch to surf on in another country, you can meet the love of your life or your future best friend. Even If you don’t see each other again, you will always remember the great moments together.

 

7. You develop a better sense of direction

If you are one of those people who get lost in walk-in closets, you need to start packing right now lol. I wasn’t always the person that knew what direction to go, even having the map right in front of my eyes. So, yes, I get it, It can be overwhelming. To be fair, I still don’t know where East or West is, but I will get you there! When you are about to leave your hotel, make sure you review your route on a map, and memorize it. I developed a sense of knowing how to move around unfamiliar places pretty quick, by creating mental maps. The more you travel, you will understand there is no reason to panic If you get lost, cause you become more intuitive on where to go next, it will happen naturally. Also, you learn that it’s ok to ask for directions, some people are shy to do so or think it’s an inconvenience to others – it’s not, and It can save you a lot of time and headache.

 

8. You learn new languages/habits

#ThisismepretendingIreadJapanese

My first International trip was from Brazil to China. I spoke zero mandarin, they spoke zero english, and oh, so did I. I couldn’t even understand my modeling agency’s text messages without a dictionary. YES, people, the hardcover type. I had one with me everywhere I went, it was ridiculously cute. I wasn’t even 15. I remember going to the grocery store and buying cucumber juice thinking it was lemonade. I had to learn english in order to survive. I couldn’t understand the photographers, I would show up for auditions on the wrong dates, looking for the wrong person. Something needed to happen. I HAD to learn. Thank God for my friend Daniela, she helped me so much, we didn’t have Google translator back then. Today I speak 5 languages. Sure, sometimes I can’t even remember a specific word in Portuguese (my first language) but it happens If you don’t practice. Don’t be afraid to start or engage in a conversation because you think your english is “broken” or your french accent is not perfect. It took me some time to understand that the other person doesn’t care, and sometimes even thinks it’s cute. You will also learn things you are not supposed to say, and catch local habits by observing people. You will never learn If you don’t take the first step. Listen to people talk, ask for them to correct you as you speak. Listen to music, read books in the language you want to learn. The key to learning a new language is to listen. The key to learning anything in life, is to listen. 

 

9. You become more independent

You expose yourself to so much vulnerability and how awesome is that? Yes, you are expanding, getting out of your comfort zone. It’s not easy to arrive in a new country where many times you don’t speak the language, you know zero, zilch, nada, about their culture – you don’t even know If you like the food. But, guess what? You bought that ticket, you hopped on that plane and you landed, perhaps looking like crap but full of excitement. #YAY. You took action, and that’s what life is all about. You know your way around, even though you have no idea where South is #ICanRelate. You managed to get through a challenge that takes courage, planning, money and time! You became more self-sufficient. And you are always ready for the next destination. #HighFiveBitches

 

10. You actually get to see the world

I mean, hello?! The beauties of this world! The awesomeness of this planet. Created beautifully to be our home. Yes, we need to take better care of it. So start taking the first step. Be kind to the places you go. Be nice to people. Be more gentle with children. Be more loving to yourself. When we take care of ourselves, we take care of the planet. And when we take care of the planet, the Universe rewards us in many beautiful ways. When you go out there, honor this gorgeous world, be respectful, be present. Make sure you are taking everything in, letting it transform you. Make sure you make your trip pleasant to not only yourself, but the ones that you left behind and the ones that are on the journey with you. And If you can’t go on a trip soon, stick around, I will take you many places.

Life is short, buy the ticket!

Much love,

Aryanne

37 COMMENTS

  1. Angie | 5th Sep 17

    I am so glad I stumbled across this new travel blog. I’ve secretly wanted to live the life of a travel guru so this way I get to live vicariously through your beautiful stories and experiences. Thank you for sharing your amazing lifestyle and I look very forward to taking the journeys with you through this blog.

    • aryannepadilha | 6th Sep 17

      Angie, welcome! Thank you so much for your beautiful words! I’m excited about this new journey, and I’m happy to have you on board! xoxo

  2. Amanda Fernandes | 5th Sep 17

    Get it girl!!! So proud of you!

    • aryannepadilha | 6th Sep 17

      Hey beauty! Thank you for the support! Honored that you took time to check it out. xoxo

  3. Mariana | 5th Sep 17

    Amazing blog 👏👏👏

    • aryannepadilha | 6th Sep 17

      Thank you for your support, Mariana!! xoxo

  4. Regina Schirmer | 6th Sep 17

    Absolutely amazing my friend! So well written, wonderful pictures and lots to learn with you! I’m very proud!!!! Lov u!

    • aryannepadilha | 6th Sep 17

      My dear friend, I love you! Thank you so much! You know I poured my heart into it! I look forward into sharing many amazing moments! xoxo

  5. Vanessa Marinho | 6th Sep 17

    This is Beautiful Ary, I wish you all the success and I hope to travel with you again soon 🙂

    • aryannepadilha | 6th Sep 17

      Thank you my darling! You have been part of many of these destinations and I’m looking forward to many more trips together! Love you!

  6. DanielaSong | 6th Sep 17

    Aryyyy minha “animal de teta” amiiga, qnta saudade!! Mto feliz por todas as suas conquistas e por todo o teu sucesso em tudo o que faz. Tenho certeza que com o blog não será diferente, Sucesso na certa!! Nunca esquecerei nossas aventuras em Hong Kong e em Cingapura.. Você sempre amiga, sempre disposta a ajudar e sempreeee alegre!! Que Deus continue te abençoando hj e sempre. Ps: cinco línguas amiiga?? Arrasouuu demais!! Tu é Phodaaaa 👏🏻😻💙
    Pss: em breve irei te visitar a m LA 😻😻
    Bjubju

    • aryannepadilha | 6th Sep 17

      Minha flor! Quanta saudade! Sim, vc salvou minha vida! haha Lembra que eu perdia os castings, não entendia nada? E o Patrick? ahahaha Temos muita história! Venha me visitar, casa, comida e roupa lavada! beijoss Amo vc! xoxo

  7. Camila | 7th Sep 17

    The best part: ” try new amazing foods” hahaha kidding.. Keep posting girl! Brava!

    • aryannepadilha | 13th Sep 17

      Grazie mille, amore! I know… haha I will make a post talking only about food and will let you know. Baci baci!

  8. Hannah | 12th Sep 17

    This is awesome! I totally agree. So far I’ve only been to Thailand, but it was the most amazing month of my life. I learned so much (including how affordable travel can be if you plan well). Lovely post!

    • aryannepadilha | 13th Sep 17

      Hannah, thank you! I’m so glad you got to experience Thailand. Isn’t it magical? And yes, despite of what a lot of people think, it can be affordable. Thank you so much for stoppin by! Till next time! xoxo

  9. Taylor | 12th Sep 17

    Aryanne! You beautiful soul! This post was really beautiful and I love all the colorful photos! Can’t wait to read the next post 😉 Keep it up sister. Xx

    • aryannepadilha | 13th Sep 17

      Thank you so much my love! It means the world to me! Coming from a professional photographer, I totally accept the compliment on the photos! Much love!!!

  10. Cynthia | 13th Sep 17

    My fiancé and I have decided to forego birthday parties for our toddler and instead take her on short vacations. She won’t remember which cake flavor she had when she turned three but maybe just maybe she will remember the sea otters at Monterey Bay Aquarium or the the Garrett’s popcorn at Navy Pier. Great read!

    • aryannepadilha | 13th Sep 17

      Cynthia! Thank you for your support! That’s amazing that you take your daughter to experience this amazing world. That creates such a special bond between the three of you! I love Monterey and the Aquarium, it was the first road trip I did with my boyfriend. Thank you for sharing your experience! xoxo

  11. Yvonne | 13th Sep 17

    Aryanne! Thank you for shining so much light on the life transformations that occur when you follow your heart and travel to destinations your soul feels called to. I love that traveling mindfully is your passion, and gift to share with the world in hopes of inspiring others to do the same! I’m already thinking of where my next adventure will be!!

    • aryannepadilha | 13th Sep 17

      My dear, thank you for encouraging me and believing in me! I’m forever grateful for your positivity and enthusiasm towards this work. Love you tons!

  12. John | 14th Sep 17

    Wow, this is so inspiring. You live quite a life and have inspired me to start living mine! Thank you for being a light in this world. Keep on creating. This is just the beginning.

  13. Tatum | 15th Sep 17

    I love these tips! I enjoy traveling, but have never really had the bug to travel. After reading your tips, though, I think I need to think about travel differently. Thanks for sharing. And you have a beautiful site.

  14. Melissa | 6th Nov 17

    I love traveling and experiencing other cultures and ways of life. I completely agree with your tips and hope more people are inspired to travel.

  15. Ken Hanaya | 6th Nov 17

    Awesome post, I always come articles on traveling to different areas but this is more reason for me travel. I’ve been fortunate to travel to different states within the U.S but would love to travel international. #10 says it all…thanks for sharing this.

  16. Kara | 6th Nov 17

    I couldn’t agree more! Travel, aside from retirement planning, is my biggest investment in myself. I need it for my sanity! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. Evelyn | PathofPresence.com | 6th Nov 17

    What a wonderfully inspiring post! Thanks so much for pointing out such wisdom, invariable rung out from years of embracing your amazing life. I couldn’t agree with Mark Twain more, he says, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” Yup. That about sums it up. Safe journeys!! <3

  18. Wonderseekersblog | 6th Nov 17

    This is amazing, thanks for sharing <3 I absolutely agree!

  19. Lucy | 6th Nov 17

    But a ticket! It really is that easy! Totally agree with all your points. Travelling makes you a better person. There’s a whole world out there. We need to see it!

  20. Lucy | 6th Nov 17

    Love this! It’s all so true, I really want to travel more and I am going to make more of a conscious effort. There is so much of the world I want to see!

  21. CutsforHim | 6th Nov 17

    This is such a great read. And those photos are absolutely beautiful. More of this please

  22. Marie | 6th Nov 17

    This is definitely true, another thing I learned from travelling is becoming more patient. As things don’t always go the way, you’ll have to find a plan B. That really changed my attitude and patience over the years.

  23. Victoria | 6th Nov 17

    I especially like the one about new languages. I always tell people going to a different country is the best way to learn a new language!!

  24. Megan Anne | 6th Nov 17

    I love traveling but I do not do it nearly enough! Eventually, I would love to start doing a lot more traveling!

  25. Tara | 7th Nov 17

    this is so inspiring and incredibly accurate. seeing the world not only does yourself good but gives you a fresh perspective on life outside of your own little bubble!

  26. Heba - otlaat travel | 24th Feb 18

    becoming more patient ، learn a new language and experiencing other cultures are the most important things which excite to travel abroad

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