Each year, people resolve to make changes in their lives. Resolutions are quickly replaced by to-do lists filled with obligations and projects. Tasks like create more storage, fix the refrigerator, stain the deck, buy new carpet top your to-do list for the New Year, while personal growth and chances for adventure move to the bottom. The question is, why isn’t travel at the top of the list? We’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should make travel a top priority this year.

Travel Offers the Opportunity to Meet New People

When your life revolves around a schedule, you’re more likely to see the same people every day. However, travel can quickly change that. Jetting off to an unfamiliar destination can put you in the perfect position to make lifelong friends abroad. Converse with locals, or see the sights with other visitors. No matter who you meet, you’re sure to learn something new.

Travel Creates New Memories

We create new memories every day, but the best memories involve an unforgettable experience. Travelling can help you create memories filled with beautiful sights, new experiences, and moments sure to last a lifetime. In order to create new memories, you have to experience something new. Travel presents you with endless opportunities to help you create memories that you’ll never forget in a place you’ve never been. Whether you travel off the beaten path through the jungle or you explore one of the Caribbean’s great blue holes, you’re creating one-of-a-kind memories.

Travel Teaches You about Yourself

Travel teaches us of the need for patience and flexibility through altered itineraries, flight delays, and changes in the weather, but what travel teaches you about yourself, is the most important thing you’ll learn. Time in a new place can help you rediscover your zest for life and remember the things that you enjoy most. Most of all, travel can help you discover things about yourself you never knew before.

Travel Sparks Creativity

It’s difficult to feel inspired by the ins and outs of day-to-day life. Why not let travel be your muse? Setting out for a destination you’ve never seen before can spark a creative fire fed by the beauty of the unknown. Strolling aimlessly down a forgotten coastline or exploring a foreign town can fill you with refreshing inspiration.

Travel Makes You Appreciate Home

Sometimes you can never truly appreciate something until it’s gone. Getting away from the place you call home can help you remember why you loved it so much in the first place. After all, can you truly miss something if you’re never without it? Travelling to a drastically different destination not only exposes us to unfamiliar sights, but makes us appreciate what we previously took for granted.

Travel Teaches You about the World

There’s no better way to learn about the world than to experience it firsthand. Travel allows us to get up-close-and-personal with the world in a way a geography book never can, leaving us with a new-found appreciation for its natural beauty. It presents us with the perfect opportunity to learn about cultures beyond our own and to explore lands and seas we’ve never seen. If a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing things in person must be worth a million.

Travel Allows You to Wander

The hustle and bustle of daily life can cause you to get lost in schedules, meetings, and planning-ahead. Travel allows you to wander carelessly through a new and unfamiliar place, seeing all there is to be seen. With all of the responsibilities and commitments of life at home, the ability to simply wander is a priceless gift.

So, cross-off some of those tasks and make room for travel on your to-do list this year. You’ll gain so much more than another stamp in your passport.