Passport to Growth
Expand Your Horizons
Traveling offers a chance to explore the world outside of the ordinary boundaries of your daily life. It takes you out of the familiarity of your home and work environments so that you can see the world through fresh eyes. In fact, trying anything new stimulates your brain and helps you to learn ways of behaving outside the “well-worn paths” of your daily routine. When you travel, you have to pay attention to things that are novel and even startling...a great way to keep those brain cells firing!
Travel also brings with it the “uncertainty factor” that allows your brain to grow as new neural pathways are created and the body's sense of space in relation to self (proprioception) increases. Research has shown that travelling to a new place is a great way to increase your brain power. Traveling also develops your sense of self-reliance. As you learn to successfully negotiate new situations (like bargaining in a bazaar or ordering food at a foreign restaurant), you will begin to trust whatever comes your way.
Let’s not forget about increasing your power of perception. As you enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of your new environment, let yourself expand your awareness of the little things around you. This is the perfect time to bring out your journal and start writing, or to take photos and record your perceptions of a new culture or way of being. When else do you have the time to listen to yourself as you fly high in the skies or journey on a train with no interruptions? Traveling is the doorway to adventure. Why not make travel your passport to growth and exploration this year?
Haridass Kaur/Thi Kim Hoang, PhD
Travel Enthusiast, Writer, Producer, Yoga Teacher
Recommended: Change Your Life Through Travel: Inspiring Tales and Tips for Richer, Fuller, More Adventurous Living by Jillian Robinson and Great Ganesha India God Travel Passport Holder
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