No matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s always good to get out of your comfort zone and expand your horizons. Traveling abroad is a great way to learn more about the wider world and meet new people from different walks of life.
Here are several great reasons why visiting a place like Belize is such a great idea:
Traveling is a Confidence Booster
Whether you’ve struggled with your identity or have spent years out, loud, and proud, traveling is simply a great way to improve your confidence and self-esteem. By forcing yourself to go somewhere new, you’ll have to come out of your shell a bit.
Belize is a great place to test the waters, so to speak, as English is the official language, and Belizeans are world-renowned for their friendliness and hospitality. But Belize is still a foreign country where things are a bit different, making it a great place to “get your feet wet” with some overseas travel.
Learn More About Different Cultures
It’s easy to get overly focused on your personal struggles with identity and culture and forget that other people around the world have a lot to offer. For example, in Belize, about four percent of the population belong to the Garifuna culture, the only people of African origin in the New World who were never enslaved.
Over the past 400 years, the Garifuna suffered persecution and suffering, rejected both by European colonizers and other peoples of color as they struggled to fit in with both groups. Today, however, the Garifuna have reawakened their pride in their unique culture, music, dance, and language.
Experience Other Languages
English is the official language in Belize, but most of the population is multilingual. When you travel through Belize, you can hear three different Mayan dialects, Spanish, Garifuna, Creole (a unique form of English), and even old German spoken by Mennonite farmers.
Meet Fellow Travelers
Sometimes, you have to leave home in order to find out who you really are. And one great way to do that is to meet fellow travelers. The friendliness and laid-back Caribbean lifestyle in Belize are highly conducive to meeting and sharing stories and experiences with fellow travelers.
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