Changing the way that I Travel: Why I’m Choosing to Travel to New Countries Instead of Repeating Destinations


Travel is more than just a break from the daily grind. It’s an opportunity for growth, learning, and exploration. While revisiting familiar destinations can be comfortable and reassuring, I’ve always found a unique thrill in setting foot in a new country. Here are my reasons why I advocate experiencing new cultures and landscapes instead of repeating old ones. 


1. The Excitement of the Unknown

There’s something incredibly exhilarating about stepping off a plane and being immersed in a completely new environment. The sights, sounds, and smells are all unfamiliar, sparking a sense of curiosity and wonder. Visiting a new country is like opening a new book; you never know what stories, characters, or lessons it might hold. I find myself being the most creative when I venture somewhere new. The older I get the faster time seems to speed up. I’m coming to the point that I want to go out and adventure while I’m still young.


2. Learning Opportunities

Each country has its own unique history, culture, and way of life. By visiting new places, we expose ourselves to different perspectives that broaden our worldview. We learn about historical events from the places where they happened, taste authentic cuisine, and interact with locals who have different backgrounds and experiences. These encounters can challenge our preconceptions and foster a deeper understanding of the world around us. Now that I have learned Portuguese I want to start learning other languages.


3. Personal Growth

Personal Growth is big for me. I am constantly trying to evolve into a better person. Venturing into the unknown pushes us out of our comfort zones. It forces us to navigate new cities, communicate in different languages, and adapt to unfamiliar customs. These challenges can be intimidating, but they also spur personal growth. They teach us to be resilient, resourceful, and open-minded. Each new country I visit helps me discover a little more about myself and my capabilities.


4. The Beauty of Diversity

Our planet is teeming with diverse ecosystems, architectural styles, cuisines, traditions, and more. By choosing to visit new countries, we get to witness this diversity firsthand. From the majestic fjords of Norway to the vibrant markets of Morocco, the serene temples of Japan to the lively festivals of Brazil – there’s an endless array of experiences waiting to be explored.


5. Making Unique Memories

Each new country offers unique experiences that create unforgettable memories. Whether it’s watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, or dancing at the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, these moments are irreplaceable and distinct to each location. These memories form the rich tapestry of our travel experiences, each thread unique and precious.


6. Inspiring Change

Finally, visiting new countries can inspire change. It can spark new interests, influence our lifestyle choices, or even alter our career paths. For example, a trip to a new country may inspire you to learn a new language, adopt sustainable living practices, or advocate for global issues.


While there’s nothing wrong with returning to beloved destinations, the allure of exploring new countries is an adventure in itself. It’s about embracing the unknown, growing as individuals, and appreciating the diversity of our world. So, here’s to the thrill of stamping our passports with new destinations and discovering what lies beyond the horizon!