Have you ever dreamed of taking off on an adventure? I’m not talking about a long weekend somewhere new, although that’s always to be recommended, but somewhere far-flung, and an expedition that takes up a lot of your time. Sure, you have to save up for these kinds of things, and they’re not really fly by the seat of your pants, spontaneous decisions, but the planning is certainly worth it in the end.
If you’re pondering over your own travel dreams, wondering whether you should head off towards the horizon and explore, here’s five major benefits of long-term travel.
You basically get to see a whole lot more
It’s common sense really, if you’re away for longer then you get to see more than you would if you were away for two or three weeks. Packing countless amazing sights and experiences into a year or maybe more means you have a serious travel adventure to look back on, rather than just visiting one or two places fleetingly.
Long-term travel is a life-changing experience
You will meet new people, perhaps life-long friends or the love of your life, you will see things that will move you to tears, before laughter to follow, and you will experience life away from your comfort zone, outside of your bubble. When you return home, will you be the same? Well, I’m not going to come out with some big theory on how you will be changed forever entirely, but perhaps your outlook and attitudes towards certain things will change in a big way.
Extended time away gives you time to think and re-evaluate your life
A little like our previous point really, but a long-term travel adventure means you can really take stock on where life has taken you, be it in relationships, where you live, how you live, or the job you do. Time to think about things deeply and make decisions, perhaps about changing the course of your life, is something we don’t have time to do in the general run of things, basically because we’re too busy in our routines. The eye-opening things you will see and experience on a long-term travel adventure means you will probably want to change a thing or two when you return.
Long-term travel basically works out cheaper than several vacations
As well as saving your carbon footprint, you’re saving money. Look at it this way, if you have five countries on your bucket list and you decide to go on five vacations, that’s five lots of return travel you need to pay for. On the other hand, if you encompass those five countries on a long-term travel expedition, then you could find ways to travel to them cheaper, perhaps by train or shorter flights, which means you get to complete your bucket list for a much cheaper price.