I got back from Oman recently (verdict: it’s ok). I’ve travelled a lot, but recently I’ve being weighing the benefits.
I’ve realised the best part about the journey (more so than the destination) is the effect it has on my thinking. New countries provide surprises. Stuff you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. But the mind changes beyond this.
I think because:
We’re less in control of ‘I’ than we think. Going to multiple new counties in succession helped me realise this. Different input = Different output.
You share beliefs with friends. Being around different people provides distance from these ideas, allowing you to reassess them.
Change in routine:
I find this un-automating of decisions leaves the mind scrambling. In the scramble, neurons wire together in interesting ways.