Travel while you can, when you can, as much as you can, wherever you can, everywhere you can, however you can. Plan it, do it spontaneously, whatever it takes, whatever works for you, just do it. You gain so much from packing up some of your favorite things and leaving behind what you think you call "home". It doesn't matter if you're gone for a day or a two month trip. It doesn't matter if you jump in your car for a road trip or on a plane over the country.
Traveling makes you uncomfortable. It puts you in an environment that the possibilities of inconsistency of your daily life are endless. When you travel (even from state to state, sometimes city to city) the cultures, lifestyles, vibes, weather conditions, smells, food and activities are different from whatever your norm may be.
The best part about leaving the place you call home is that you now have a better idea of what you like or don't like about it. What attracts or retracts you to new places. Whether it's the people or weather (two major ones for me) or the cost of living, job security, and landscape.
Leaving your comfort zones brings up so many new opportunities. Opportunities to observe people, places, and things. (I strongly advise you to sit on a bench somewhere and people watch, you'll get a kick out of it and I promise you will learn a ton too)
I think their are three types of people, those that go above and beyond and have the money to travel, those that will do anything they can to travel even if they don't have the means, those that never leave their state. Be the person that will do anything to travel. I truly believe it is that valuable to do so.
Life lessons are everywhere. One thing I have learned from traveling is that you have to be open to take in what others are willing to give you. Perspective is key and expanding your own from the help of others is a must. Make friends while your at it. Connect with people, you never know what you have in common with the stranger standing across from you.
I love traveling to places that make me forget how tiny my problems and I are and in these past 3 months I have done just that. I have gone to places that are much bigger than me and it has only inspired the most out of me.
I've gone to places more beautiful than I ever imagined, crowded enough where you actually feel like you don't matter, smack dab in the middle of nowhere where you could dance around naked and not a soul would know, I've been a tourist and a local (well tried to be a local), the places that it's so humid it constantly feels like you wet your pants, and driving in the middle of the desert while there has been a tsunami of a downpour.
At first I felt like I was traveling to run away from my problems or just life in general. That feeling you get when you just want to get away. In reality running away sometimes makes you run head on to new opportunities and eye opening experiences. Instead of running from life, I'm not letting life run away from me. I'm making the most of the experiences I can make.
USA, I haven't seen your entirety yet but I'm ready to cross over some water and see what else is out there. To ride elephants in Thailand, eat gelato in Italy, drink beer in Ireland, go on a safari in Africa, hike in Iceland, and eat pirogies in Poland. So bring it on world because I'm about to see it all.