Let’s face it: Traveling takes planning, is expensive, and, depending on where you’re going and who you’re going with, can be a little nerve-wracking. Your Facebook feed may be giving you wanderlust — what with that one rich friend posting an endless stream of cocktail-clinking photos in Mykonos — but to take the plunge yourself, to say, “Looks like it’s time to leave my comfort zone for a while,” is still a serious decision.
Nonetheless, it’s one of the best decisions you can make. There are always a million reasons not to do something, so when it comes to hopping on that plane, train, or automobile and leaving behind what you know for however long, be it one week or one decade, there are many truly great reasons for why you should indeed start packing your bags. After all, there are certain things about yourself, about others, and about life that you can only learn once you’ve lost yourself in a faraway place. Bon voyage!