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Why Travel is Essential

Take That Trip!
Photo taken in La Jolla, California by Kalise Miller on her family vacation.
Kalise Miller
Photo taken in La Jolla, California by Kalise Miller on her family vacation.

This is your sign to plan that trip. Whether it be close by, or on the other side of the world, traveling to another place serves many purposes to the people who do so. You can develop your communication skills, get pushed outside your comfort zone, and grow your connections.

Throughout your travels, you come across people from all walks of life. This could be people who speak a different language, live in a different country, or just have a different lifestyle from you. To exist in this new place, you will have to figure out new ways to communicate with these people, as you may not be used to altering your communication style with your friends and family. This will develop your skills in speaking with others and allow you to grow your people skills, which will be beneficial in your career and daily life!

When you are forced out of your comfort zone, you come out of the situation a new and improved version of yourself. If you are stuck in the same place with the same people, you cannot grow like you would in new experiences. 

You can see this in students who study abroad. They are sent to a whole new country where the way of life is drastically different from the place where they were raised. By going through this experience, they can gain new knowledge that allows them to flourish as a person. You can do this too!

Growing your connections to other humans is a major part of the travel process. Throughout your time outside of your hometown, you will come across (what may be) thousands of people you never knew existed. By using your newfound communication skills, you will be able to form new bonds with some of these people. Your soulmate is out there, perhaps on the other side of the world! 

You are also able to grow your relationships with your family and current friends as well. As someone who travels as often as possible, I have seen tremendous growth in my family’s relationship. We see new versions of each other that we have never before, deepening our love for each other.

Steph Miller, Kalise Miller, Caden Miller, and Chris Miller in La Jolla, California
(Karen Stermen)

Despite those still scared to travel or those who do not see the appeal, tourism internationally is almost 90% of pre-pandemic levels. Between January and September of 2023, 975 million tourists traveled internationally, according to World Tourism Organization. And you can too! 

Even though traveling may seem like a daunting task to some, it truly is not a troubling experience, but rather a challenge that we all are naturally able to overcome.

Eric Weiner of National Geographic said, “We are an adaptive species.”

We evolved to be moving and growing creatures. Being static for so long is no good for our species. 

So plan that trip! You only live once!


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Kalise Miller, Managing Editor
I’m Kalise Miller! I’m the Managing Editor for The Chomp, the Class of 2025 President, and an officer of multiple clubs at Gateway. I participate in fall cheer and competitive dance as well. In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, and spending time with my friends! Typically, I will be writing about school sports featuring quotes and insights right from the athletes. I also write about Gateway-specific events, like Prom and Mr. Gateway!
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