Travel is a pleasure for many, like a well-earned reward after a long time spent under the pressure of work or studies. Yet, for a few, travel can become a life-changing experience that inspire them to be more or better than they were before. So let’s have a look today of the different ways in which travelling can inspire you to change your life and maybe to completely redefine yourself.
Travel Inspires Your Soul
It is not uncommon for artists to be profoundly inspired by the discovery of their travels as they work on their next masterpiece. For a painter, the colours of the northern lights in Iceland can become the central piece of a new painting. For a writer, the tranquility of a forest in Canada can become the location of a perfect murder plot. Where inspiration lies and takes us is different for everyone. However, you don’t need to have an artistic mindset to inspired by the beauty of the places you see around you. There are magnificent locations to see in the world, and even if those don’t inspire you a bestselling novel, they will at least inject a little bit of peace and happiness that will follow you back into your everyday routine.
Travel Inspires Your Spirituality
Travelling is for some a way to come a little closer to their God, or to a spiritual presence provides a life its meaning. Many individuals can recount the day that they discovered their faith and connect it firmly to their travel experience. For Christians, this could be about walking the ways of St. James until Santiago de Compostella in Spain where the tomb of the apostle is said to be. This long network of pilgrimage paths is century-old and is a route of enlightenment for many. Similarly, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage in Japan offers a similar experience to the pilgrims of the Kansai region. These long walks need to be planned just as any other travel arrangement you take, but for many the experience of being surrounded by nature and the historical symbolism of their path provides their religious faith a deeper and stronger meaning. Often a moderate believer will come back from these pilgrimages inhabited by a faith that their everyday routine didn’t allow to develop as significantly.
Kumano Kodo, Source by Flickr
Travels Inspires Your Career
If you have been bitten by the travel bug, sitting at a desk from 9am to 5pm every single day of the week sounds like the worst possible thing on earth. You get itchy feet and you are dying to go back on the road and discover new countries. More and more converted travellers can’t even consider the idea of going back to their old routine after having experienced the wonders of travelling. So for the bravest of them, this means a brutal change of careers to allow them to fully live their travel passion! Some retrain as member of the crew on international airlines, other pick jobs that involve a lot of international travel. If none of these options works for you, there are still the third option that is a favorite for the newest generation of workers: Freelancing. Freelancing is not a step to take lightly, and it is something you need to plan thoroughly to make it a successful reconversion. But with the advances of the Internet, many freelancers can work from anywhere in the world, which means that you could keep on travelling and maintain a steady income as you do.