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Five Things I Love Most About Travel

This year has been a year of change and excitement for me. I left my job in Melbourne, went travelling for three months around Asia, and moved to England.

Travelling and living in countries all over the world has always been a massive dream of mine and it’s been so fulfilling to actually get out there and do it.

Emma Spencer in Pai Thailand

After a pretty tough year, I wanted to make sure this year was different, and it certainly has been. I’ve had a year of happiness, adventure and discovery, and I believe I wouldn’t have achieved all these things if I hadn’t travelled.

I’m sure you can tell by now I’m a pretty massive advocate for getting out of your comfort zone to travel, and I want to inspire you to do the same! Travel is not just about having a well-deserved holiday, it makes you more of a well-rounded person, it’s good for the soul, and it’s the best way to educate yourself about the world.

So, here are my top five reasons why I love travel so much, and why you should do it too.

Emma Spencer in Krabi, Thailand

1. New cultures

Learning about how different people live in countries all over the world is eye opening, and it can really pop the bubble you may live in. I love trying to fit in like a local (even though it’s obvious I’m not!) by finding out where they’re eating, shopping and simply just chilling out.

I always make sure to get involved in cultural activities while travelling. In Bangkok for example, we celebrated the Songkran New Year festivities where we participated in a huge water fight. It was the one of the craziest, and one of the most random things I’ve done!

I also love learning how to speak different languages. I find even if you just learn to say ‘hello’, locals tend to respect you a little bit more, which can definitely enrich your experience in their country.

Emma Spencer at Songkran Festival in Bangkok

2. Reviving creativity

I find being stuck in the same place, in the same environment can halt your natural creativity. Travelling allows you to experience new cities, new food and new people, which can spur on creativity at lightning speeds. During my recent travels in Asia, I found resting my mind and spending a few weeks soaking up new surroundings, helped me find the creativity to come up with The Emasphere. When you’re bogged down with stress and worry, your brain doesn’t respond well and you can’t work at your finest. For me, having that break brought back the real me.

Emma Spencer in Phuket, Thailand

3. Making friends

Some of the nicest people I know are people I’ve met through travelling. Meeting new friends overseas allows you to expand your friendship group from your circle of friends at home, which can give you a new and refreshing perspective on life. It’s also great to have friends to visit and places to stay around the world.  You never know, they might live in a place you’ve never heard of before – hello new addition to the travel bucket list!

Emma Spencer in Phuket, Thailand

4. Face fears

Travelling gives you confidence to try things you wouldn’t do at home. For example, there’s no way I would go on a scooter or motorbike at home, especially because I get pretty bad car anxiety (long story!). In Ho Cho Minh however, (the home to 1000000000 scooters) I went on a scooter during peak traffic time. Like what?! Travelling makes you face your fears, and I love that. However, there’s still no way I’ll be bungy jumping, sky diving, or eating a cockroach anytime soon!

Emma Spencer in Ho Chi Minh City

5. New tastes, new fashion

Now this is an obvious one for me. We all know how much I like good food and fab shopping. So, eating different food and finding cool unknown shops and brands is definitely my materialistic heaven while travelling.

I love discovering unique trinkets, clothes and jewellery from other countries because they’re normally things you wouldn’t find anywhere else. If you’re not afraid to have fun with your style and you like to buy really interesting items, you’ll have a great time shopping in other countries, and you’ll definitely stand out when you get home.

Foodie lovers (yes, me again!) – If you go to the right places (normally where the locals go), you’ll be able to find the restaurants that make real authentic food, and its ohhhh so good, especially in Thailand (how I miss you proper pad thai!).

Emma Spencer in Cambodia

Whats your favourite thing about travelling?

E. Xx

Need some more travel inspiration? Why not check out my article on Chiang Mai or have a look at my photo journal from Wales.

Latest comments
  • Great post. Love your bog too – I’m going backpacking in a month so I’m souring for tips! xx

  • Experiencing new cultures and immersing yourself in the hustle and bustle of the country is definitely one of the things that makes us excited every time we step off a plane! The jet lag is all worth it

    M x K
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  • Such an awesome post! Makes me wanna travel!
    Dora http://www.bangsbang.com

  • Such a wonderful pos! I’m so with you – travelling is one of the most gorgeous things you can do in life! Plus, I also met my boyfriend while I was travelling and studying abroad. The best things that ever happened to me. 🙂
    Look forward to hearing from your next adventures!

    Katarina x
    http://katarina-ahlsson.com

  • This was such a fantastic positive travel post and I loved all the photos as well. You seem like such an awesome woman and I wish you many more incredible travels to come full of making more new friends, learning about more new cultures, facing your fears, being inspired, and expanding your idea about fashion. I have so much wanderlust after reading this post!

    Rae of Love from Berlin
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  • I agree with everything you wrote, traveling is such an enriching experience! I love meeting people from around the world, getting to know different lifestyles and cultures and challenge myself through travel.
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  • I’ve met so many wonderful people on my travels, that’s definitely one of the highlights for me

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • You couldn’t round it up more perfectly, hon. These are the exact reasons I love traveling and will never stop traveling and exploring! I love seeing all your adventures so much!!
    Which country / city was your ultimate favourite (so far)?
    I am actually on the go tomorrow. Flying solo, sadly. Will miss my hubs.
    Are you based in Liverpool now, girl? We should totally hang out! We are only 45min away woot woto 🙂
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I would to travel right now. It’s so cold in the UK. Gemma xx
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  • What an awesome post! You are living quite a life girl! <3
    Traveling (and discovering) is one of the main pleasures in life!

    Mari XX
    http://www.randomstein.com

  • such a cute post! meeting new friends is one of my favorite parts of traveling too!

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  • I love how you left everything to go travelling, that’s so exciting – and inspiring with regard to stepping out of your comfort zone! Number 2 is a brilliant point, I can imagine how freeing travelling for elongated periods of time must be 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

  • Love this!! A couple months ago I made the decision to put my studies on hold so that I can go travelling. Its something I have always wanted to do and it feels like the right time. I’m currently saving up as much as I can before I set off and this just makes me even more excited!!

  • I love this post so much! The photos look great and the reasons you stated just makes me want to travel!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  • Love it Emma! The video clip is so awesome too. Can’t wait to get out into the world next year

  • This is such an awesome post!! I always love to hear about how travel has totally changed peoples’ lives!

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  • Travel is just good for the soul, isn’t it?

  • Travelling is really great for the soul! It let’s you discover who you are in a way that only the road brings. I left home (London) back in 2013 and moved to Taiwan where I get travel to so many places within North and South East Asia. Living in a different country really does change you in positive ways I hadn’t expected in terms of how you see the world as an expat or traveller. I enjoyed reading your post. It’s nice to know you’re someone who has the courage to step out of your comfort zone and take the leap. Have a great time in the U.K 🙂

    Jo x
    http://www.outlanderly.com

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