Last week in Austin, Texas, despite not liking spicy food, I ate the world's hottest pepper and some pure capsicum extract. Why? Because I wanted to. What's the purpose of life if not to break out of your comfort zone ? My mouth was on fire for ages, but I'd do it again. More easy-going: All those mistakes ? They did something else for you, too. They made you more easy-going and relaxed. Why? Because you've dealt with all those errors and you don't care. You go with the flow now, because if travel taught you anything, it's that it all works out in the end and that there's no need to stress. Sexier: Stress causes ageing. Those carefree, relaxing days on the road are going to make you more confident and radiant, and you'll age slower. You'll look young and sexy. Unless you are George Clooney, who definitely got better with age. Smarter: Unless you sit at a resort drowning your brain in frozen drinks, travel will teach you about the world. You'll learn about people, history, and culture, and arcane facts about places some people could only dream about. In short, you'll have a better understanding about how it works and how people behave. That's something that can't be learned from books; you can only pick it up with on-the-road experience. Less materialistic: On the road, you learn just how little stuff you actually need. You'll realize that all that crap they sell at the mall is pretty useless in leading a truly happy life. Coming home. you'll find yourself a minimalist simply because you realize what you need to live and what you don't. As they say, the more you own, the more it owns you.