There is nothing quite like travel to broaden the mind and appreciate things from a completely different perspective. Journeying to new lands, embracing new experiences, immersing yourself in a diverse range of new cultures, and meeting people from all sorts of backgrounds is the very essence of life. As Saint Augustine once said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” Cryptocurrency entrepreneur Ripul Mahajan was bitten by the travel bug from a young age and his subsequent wanderlust has taken him to some pretty far-flung and remote corners of the globe in his 26 years. However, apart from the sheer joy of adventure that traveling entails and making new friends all over the globe, Ripul Mahajan’s main takeaway from traveling is how it helps to grow and expand your mindset. Don’t just take our word for it, allow Ripul Mahajan to explain in his own words why travel is just the tonic for those looking to broaden their minds physically, mentally, and spiritually.
“Travel for me is important because in the words of Mark Twain it is, ‘Fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts,’” explained Ripul Mahajan, who elaborated, “I always tell people who are reluctant about packing their bags and going on an adventure, that travel will improve their mind in so many ways and then list five reasons why. The first one of course is meeting new people. The friendships formed whilst traveling will endure and last a lifetime but more importantly, interacting with those from different cultures and faiths helps us understand our own better and creates a far more tolerant and understanding mindset. The second reason I travel is to take myself out of my comfort zone and foster resilience. When you are a stranger in a strange land you have to rely on your wits and the sharpness of your mind.”
Ripul Mahajan added, “The third reason I travel is to experience the rush of being the master of my destiny. This leads to incredible growth in self-responsibility and discipline. Fourthly, I travel because I like to challenge myself. Living in a different culture with different customs can be scary at first but rest assured it is always profoundly rewarding. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, ‘What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.’ Last but not least, I travel because it is just the tonic for my overall mental health. Traveling helps you unwind and see the bigger picture. We all need to recharge our batteries from time to time and get a fresh perspective on things. The world is always a lot bigger than your personal problems and travel helps to remind me of that.”