As our lives become ever more hectic and busy, it really is important that we all make that quality ‘me time’ that often comes (albeit not exclusively) with travel.

It doesn’t matter where you choose to go, how you do it or even if you stay close to home – travel, gives us the opportunity to break a mould, rut and pattern that sometimes makes us less happy than we deserve to be.8 Ways Travelling Makes You A Better Version Of Yourself

This is why I feel it’s important that each and everyone of us cherish that quality time to see more of what’s around us – opening our minds to different perspectives and places that can only ever better ourselves.

All of these tips I’ve learned can actually be implemented in day to day life too, it just so happens that I came across them whilst travelling. This all made me want to share the very best ways I’ve found to better myself and truly learn from travel experiences.

1.) Travel allows us to be accepting of difference

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One of the most important things travel does for each of us is to open our mind to the people and world. Travel makes us less insular, much less fearful of difference and, in truth, (with the help of a famous book title) it helps us to appreciate all the beautiful ways in which others eat, pray and love…


2.) To consider new possibilities

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One thing I love most about travel is its ability to make us think ‘outside the box’ that we often put ourselves within.

It opens us up to new ways to tackle problems and even find solutions in ways and places that may not have been possible otherwise. For me, this was moving to Singapore for almost half a year… I’d never really considered living away from London before but this opportunity made me think of my life and its direction in a whole new perspective.

Travelling to new places enables learning opportunities and through this learning we are rewarded by an enlightenment that allows us to consider more possibilities we think the world affords us.


3.) To learn more about ourselves

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Travel can often be a real learning curve, or it has been for me at least! In so many ways it allows us to understand the barriers we can place upon ourselves and opportunities presented to us. By being open to new learning opportunities (whether that’s going 5,000 miles away or 10 minutes down the road), we can better understand our strengths (and weaknesses) that encourage (or inhibit) us to be a better version of ourselves.


4.)  To conquer fearThe Best Place To Watch The Sunset In Ibiza AND Where To Go For An Amazing 10 Course Gourmet Dinner! (9)

Travel can have the unnerving ability to shake us up, rattle our cage and push the boundaries of our fear. Fear is such a deeply personal and relative thing – it can be anything from snakes and spiders to the the deep emotional fear of losing a loved one. None of us are immune to fear but what we are all able to control is how we manage it.

In so many ways, travel forces us to confront fears and learn new techniques of managing them in often unfamiliar and different contexts – which might seem hard in the short term but will benefit you in the longer term.


5.) To empower ourselves

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Every decision we make is the product of our thoughts, actions and behaviours – this is especially true when it comes to travel and the experiences it offers us. One of the biggest things that I learned from travelling is that it has made me more self confident – sometimes willingly, other times by force! Travel makes us confront a variety of decision making tasks that strengthens our resolve – which ultimately allows us to make the best decisions for ourselves and others, giving us the ability to follow your heart and listen to our head!


6.) To appreciate togetherness

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At the very essence of travel is exploration – finding new cultures and places to discover. One vital thing that travel has taught me is the importance of thinking beyond ourselves, inclusivity is always better than exclusivity. I believe its vital that we foster and nourish each other’s differences, not to merely tolerate each other but to actually cultivate how each and every one of us, across different countries, really plays an important part in shaping inclusivity.

It’s a tough task but I truly believe that being open to other people, cultures and societies can only ever be a good thing for us and the people we love


7.) To appreciate time 

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Time is precious, we all know that, it’s a luxury that none of us can afford to lose… that’s why it’s so vital the we make the most of our time whilst on holiday. Whether that’s pushing your limits to climb a Norwegian Fjord, staying awake all night to to experience the Northern Lights or chilling out at a beautiful beach and swimming with new friends (aka; clown fish and sharks) in the Maldives, time is a precious commodity that we must all appreciate and grasp with both hands!


8.) To break down elitism

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One thing that’s important for us to remember is that travel, at its very essence, should never put up walls – which is sadly sometimes the case. One thing that I’ve learned from travel is that there is no right or wrong way to  experience the world, you don’t need to be spend thousands on luxury amenities to have a great time, you don’t need to back pack your way through favelas to get a genuine feel of the place and you certainly don’t need to feel obliged to travel a certain way that you’re not comfortable with. Travel should be your story.

Elitism in travel can be a vulgar thing and it’s something I’ve learned to always shun and reject – after all, a world where we limit one another can never be a good world!

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  • sky

    Very nicely written! Travelling is so important to develop and grow as a person. It’s an amazing experience!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! Travel really does allow us to grow.

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • yes!!:)x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Tanja 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • sara mcavoy

    Travel definitely changes a person and see themselves in a better light! Travelling to Canada alone at 19 made me grow up really fast, setting up foreign bank accounts, buying phones with contracts and working in a different country. I also did a bungee jump!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Exactly, it really does make us grow up fast doesn’t it. Totally felt the same way too! I just chickened out of a bungee jump in South Africa! Gulp… that still terrifies me! Haha!

      Lloyd xx

  • Such a great list!

    Kate |

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Kate

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Hang Around The World

    Great point of view! We are 100% agree with what you’ve written 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much!

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • Conquering fears is a big one for me. All about baby steps though!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Baby steps is so important!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Alles klar Quillo

    That’s so true! But beside traveling I think living in a different country at least a year, really intensefies the whole experience much much more!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’re so right, it’s such an incredible way to experience a new country!

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • Kassie- The Fly Away Life

    Love love love this! It’s so true. Travel really can make you be a better person if you let it.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Kassie! Travel really does have the ability to help us better ourselves.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • I am much more adventurous, carefree, and outgoing when I am traveling. Isn’t that funny? I wish I could carry that attitude and feeling over into my every day life.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Same! I always think it’s the break in routine and genuine love of travel that does it for me.

      Lloyd xx

  • Maria Salomonsen

    So true all this, but I probably took the one about conquering fear closest to heart. I left my own comfort zone behind and tried scuba diving in Fiji, because what better place to start?!
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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Absolutely Maria! And you get some really great lessons to take back home when you realise that the only thing stopping you from trying certain things is fear – a fear that you now know you can overcome. That feeling of empowerment is quite fantastic! 🙂

  • For me it’s definitely about conquering fear and gaining self confidence! I don’t want to limit myself!
    Jabeen x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Absolutely! And the funny thing is that once you realise this, you’re already halfway to conquering it.

  • Sanchari Das

    Learning new things is my MO while travel. Travelling alone gave me a lot of confidence.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! Travel really does open our eyes to learning and pushes us to be more assertive and confident doesn’t it!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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