Why it's important to travel more

I'm such a home body. When it comes to the option of having a night out over a night in, you can bet your behinds I'll be sat on my sofa knee-deep in take away, having the time of my life. I like the idea of adventure, I really do. But for some reason I can't bring myself to be that person that lives their life each day as it comes. I love the idea of travelling and booking a one-way ticket to anywhere, not knowing where I'll go, how long for, and who I'll be at the end of it all. I love the idea of it all, but that's exactly it - it's the idea I like. Leaving my boyfriend, my family, my friends is the reality, and that's something I don't intend to do any time soon. Some people are born travelers, some people are born nap-loving home-bodies (me), but that doesn't mean we can't travel. Looking back on my old posts and seeing the places I've been (Sweden, Paris, Spain, Amsterdam..) has made me realise just how much I've grown as a person, having experienced so many different cultures and meeting so many people that live miles outside of the little bubble that is my home. This year, I hope to add to that list with as many weird and wonderful communities that I can.

 

 

- IT KEEPS US YOUNG AND HEALTHY
 

- IT CHANGES THE WAY WE THINK
 

- IT ENHANCES OUR RELATIONSHIPS
 

- IT TEACHES US NEW SKILLS
 

- IT OPENS OUR MIND
 

- IT TAKES US OUT OUR COMFORT ZONE
 

- IT MAKES US MORE UNDERSTANDING
 

- IT TEACHES US WHAT'S IMPORTANT
 

- IT TEACHES US PATIENCE

 

I was recently introduced to the Okinawa Islands in Japan - one quick Google and I couldn't believe I'd never heard of this place before. A further look into what that islands have to offer and I added it straight to my bucket list. The people of Okinawa are renowned for their youth (something I think we can agree we're all on the hunt for) which is due to their diet, relationships, fitness regimes and general out look on life.

No matter where I've traveled to so far, the lifestyle remains very much modern, in that we apply expenses creams on our faces, go to the gym to exercise and message each other on social network to chat. In Okinawa, their out look on life remains very much traditional, in that they eat what they grow, communicate by spending time with one another, keep their mind fit as well as their bodies and beautify themselves from the inside out.

In Okinawa, there's a woman named Sumiko who is 98 years old, but doesn't look a day over 60 (see the video here). Her secret? Eating well and maintaining human contact with her friends and family. Male blogger Daniel also tried his hand at karate in Okinawa and, whilst also learning some new moves, learned how to keep his mind healthy, as well as his body (see that video here). Okinawa is about enhancing our lives from the inside, whether it's the food we eat, the exercises we do or the relationships we keep - which is exactly what I look for when I travel. #BeOkinawa.

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