Traveling is one of the fastest ways to level up as a man. You will automatically be more interesting, have more unique experiences, and be able to hold a conversation better.
1) You’ll be more interesting. As I said above if you travel to exotic locations you’ll automatically get people asking you questions about what it’s like, what it costs, where to stay, etc.
You can easily make comparisons about what’s different, what sucked, what you think it all means.
2) You’ll meet like minded people. Meeting someone who’s traveled to the same spots you have, means you will instantly make a new friend. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met someone and we instantly traded stories.
3) You’ll meet life-long friends. You might be surprised but you may find your best friend in another country.
Having a friend that has your back is worth more than any travel expense.
4) You’ll have a place to crash for free. When other people are paying for hotels, all you need to do is call up a few friends and see if they will let you stay at their house.
If you find yourself needing a job in that country, you can stay at a friends place while you transition to another that host country. I know a few people who did this.
5) You’ll know the good, the bad, and the annoying of the world. When I came back from Japan I noticed that a lot of American’s don’t listen.
They talk, talk, talk, and its mostly about who can be the loudest and who get’s in the best one-liner. In Europe, I noticed I was having more 2-way conversations and it was a noticeable difference.
Had I not spent time over there, I would think it’s normal to just blab on about something and not pay attention to another person.
6) You’ll want to quit your job. Traveling to other countries will make you want to live there and see more of the world.
You will want to start a business or find someone to live and travel long-term.
7) You’ll pick up good habits. I picked up the habit of drinking green tea and staying more organized in Japan. Every break room has green tea, coffee, and some snacks.
One day decided to try the green tea because it was freezing. I liked it and it turns out it’s good for you.
How to talk about traveling in a conversation:
- One of the tricks I do, is I never mention the specific country if I’m talking to someone. If we are talking about bikes or something, I’ll just say, “Yeah I used to live in a country where people leave their bikes unlocked. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.”
If someone is interested they will usually say, “Oh what country?”
If someone is not interested then I don’t elaborate. There’s nothing worse than going on and on about something no one cares about in the first place.
You can do this with any subject.
If I’m at the gym I’ll just say, “Yeah I used to live in a country where you had to mop the treadmills yourself.” I don’t know if all gyms in Japan make you mop the treadmills, but you get the point.
Even if you haven’t lived in a foreign country, traveling is just the same. Find out what the gym culture is like in that country.