PAGE 13 Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all - Helen Keller How and why does travel make you more awesome ? Let me count the ways: Now, I'll happily talk to strangers like we've been best friends for years. More social: It's sink or swim on the road. You either get better at making friends or you end up alone, crying each night into a pillow. You learn to make friends out of strangers and get more comfortable talking to new people. When I first started traveling, I was kind of an introvert and uncomfortable talking to those I didn't know. Better at conversation: Travel not only makes you comfortable talking to strangers, it makes you better at it too. After talking to people all the time, the same questions get boring. You start to even bore yourself. After a while, you don't care about where people are from, where they are going, Once a year go someplace you've never been before - Dalai Lama how long they've been travelling, and yada yada yada. Those kinds of questions don't actually tell you anything about the person. You'll get better at small talk and how to ask interesting questions - the ones that matter and tell you more about the person. More confident: You've traveled the world. Hiked Mt. Everest. Dived the Great Barrier Reef. Wined and dined that beautiful French girl in Paris, navigated unknown cities, and conquered your fear of heights.