1. It makes you worldly.
And who doesn’t like to be called worldly?
2. You learn new things.
New and old things. You learn to be independent, how to behave in a foreign environment, how to keep yourself entertained, how to talk to people, how systems work, how they don’t work, about other cultures, how to navigate an airport, how to live in a world bigger than your kitchen, living room and go-to hangout spot.
3. You gain experience.
Whether it’s for a new job or just meeting new people, you’ll have something unique and intriguing to share. Ain’t nothing better than a good ole got-stuck-in-a-foreign-country-with-$20,-one-pair-of-pants-and-no-English-speakers story.
4. It’s fun.
Going to new places can be both exciting and scary, but once you get past any irrational fears, letting go and exploring life is fun!
5. There’s usually awesome food.
Get the local, authentic stuff. Nuff said.
6. You meet some really interesting people.
Tour guides, cab drivers, the local smoothie vendor, that guy you say next to on the plane for 16 hours with… People are cool and have some interesting lives. Ask questions, be assertive, make new friends.
So get out there. Find a way and see the world and all it has to offer. You’ll be glad you did!