Living in Switzerland, I have the opportunity to hear and speak different languages, so linguistics is always an interest of mine. As well, learning about different cultures, civilizations, history, architecture, art, music, and literature from other countries can give you an idea of how other people think and how the place they live has shaped their lives. So more than anything, travel lets you understand the world we live in and how it came to be that way.
Whether you’re reading a menu in a different language or listening to some live music in a square, or even taking a tour of an historic building, you are learning about a whole other way of living that will really expand the way you think. Leisure activities like swimming, skiing and hiking in another country will also give you an appreciation for the world around you and how different the terrain is from where you live. Even taking different forms of transportation like a ferry boat or a mountain train will give you a new perspective on how other people go from town to town, get to work, or complete daily tasks like shopping. Of course, shopping in a different country and using foreign currency is an educational experience all on its own.