Why Wouldn’t You Travel More When There Are So Many Benefits of Traveling?

Everyone keeps saying how important it is to travel. So what’s all this fuss about? Why do people travel and love travelling?
More importantly: why should we travel more?
The benefits of traveling are not just a one-time thing: traveling changes you physically and psychologically. Having little time or money isn’t a valid excuse. You can fly for cheap very easily. If you have a full-time job and a family, you can still travel on the weekends or holidays, even with a baby.
Here are some of the main benefits of traveling. And I’m sure that once you get started, you’ll find some more yourself!

  1. Traveling Improves Your Health
    From cutting down on stress, to lowering your chances of developing a heart disease, the health benefits of traveling are huge. You may stay sitting on a chair all day long at the workplace: including some walking to your trip is sure to make your body feel better. For some people, wandering abroad is even a cure for depression and anxiety. Of course, it’s not a foolproof cure, but it might help you feel better, both physically and psychologically.
    Traveling more is likely to have a tremendous impact on your mental well-being, especially if you’re no used to going out of your comfort zone. Trust me: travel more and your doctor will be happy. Be sure to get in touch with your physician, they might recommend some medication to accompany you in your travels, especially if you’re heading to regions of the globe with potentially dangerous diseases.
  2. Traveling Lets You Disconnect From Your Daily Life
    This is closely related to my previous point. We tend to get so caught up in our daily lives that sometimes, by simply sticking around, we may do ourselves more harm
    than good. Your boss is taking over your life? Kids are driving you mad? Your parents are trying to make you live the life they want? How long do you think you can handle this pressure before you burst and everything falls apart?
    Sometimes it is best to take a step back, take a deep breath and take go that Tower Bridge selfie. In all seriousness, travel is not a bad option – it is the most natural way of inducing the feeling you miss someone or that you are missed. The trick is to leave with a bit of preparation to avoid making a mistake during your journey. Plus, if you’re flying, you better start thinking about booking your tickets sooner than later.
  3. Traveling Makes You Smarter
    Get used to picking up new words in a different language every time you travel and you will see improvements in your brain capacities, as Dan Roitman wrote in the Huffington Post. If only this, start getting familiar with travel jargon.
    Even more than “just” languages, traveling helps you learn about yourself. You might run into challenging situations where you need to be resourceful and think differently. I’m sure that you will develop a new set of skills that you didn’t suspect you had within you.
  4. Traveling Improves Your Understanding Of Other Cultures
    Why we travel may differ from one person to another, but people travelling always develop empathy and a deeper understanding of other cultures.
    Being more understanding and tolerant about a culture different than ours is part of being smarter, but I consider it as a benefits of traveling in itself. There is a quote by Saint Augustine, which goes “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page”. You could think of it this way: if you read what’s in the news or watch the news on TV and don’t question it, you’re missing on a ton of information. You might think that it makes you smarter and more aware of the world, but it’s the exact opposite: it narrows your mind to a unique and biased perspective.
    Sure, you probably feel comfortable where you are, but that is just a fraction of the world! If you are a student, take advantage of programs such as Erasmus to get to know more people, experience and understand their culture. Dare traveling to regions you have a skeptical opinion about. I bet that you will change your mind and realize that everything is not so bad abroad.
  5. Traveling Makes You More Interesting
    I have no doubt that you’re quite the conversationalist. That being said, including a few stories from abroad is likely to grant you even more attention. Mentioning something that most people aren’t familiar with or bring a new perspective is always a good way to shine in a social situation. No need to write a whole travel essay, just discuss what you’ve seen and where you’ve been: people who are accustomed to their daily life will travel with your words.
    During my trip to Egypt, my Airbnb host and I went out for dinner. He had been to some many different places, the conversation lasted all night long, and I wasn’t bored for one minute.
    If you’re not yet an Airbnb user, use this link to get a few free credits and check out this post on how to get started.
    Who do you think people want to listen to: the guy who spent his vacations at home doing some gardening and reading the newspaper, or the one who spent a week in Cuba, driving an old American car, swimming with dolphins and tasting deliciously spicy food? I know which story I want to hear about…
  6. Traveling Allows You To Try Amazing Food
    Speaking of food, I bet you’re one hell of a chef and your home meals are delicious. But there is no such thing as trying a typical local dish from another country. Don’t trick yourself into going to the Sushi shop next door: you don’t know what sushi tastes like until you’ve been to Japan. As you travel, you discover the real thing, and discover that it’s usually very different from what you’re used to.
    Eating local food in a new country is an entirely new experience. All the flavors are different. Here me out: I’m French and I love our local recipes. You do to. But let’s not kid ourselves: some change would be more than welcome in our daily diet. If only because we’re naturally curious. Some food bloggers travel thousands of kilometers for a specific dish! The least you can do is travel to the next region and try something new.
  7. Traveling Makes You Feel Like An Adventurer
    Despite the fact that the world has never been as well connected as today, there are still places that are little known to the average tourist. Setting up a list of places you want to visit is extremely motivating. You have something tangible to go after. I’m currently working on my own bucket list, and I think I’ll never see the end of it, with all these amazing destinations.
    The benefit of traveling to a new place is that it forces you to face the unknown and think differently. You don’t need to go spend a month in the jungle! If you live in a large city, just going on a hike over the weekend will make you feel different. Adventures require novelty, so get out of your comfort zone. It might be scary, but in retrospect, you’ll see it as the best decision you ever made!
  8. Traveling Expands Your (Real) Social Network
    Believe it or not, social networks was once like a real thing – in real life. Crazy, I know. One of the main reasons why I love traveling is that I believe that establishing connections and building a network abroad is one of the smartest things you can do in today’s world. It is sometimes hard to build long-lasting relationship with the people you meet abroad, but it doesn’t mean it’s not worth meeting new people!
    Take this example: I’ve spent last year’s New Year’s Eve in Tanzania. I slept for two days at the flat of an Egyptian expat. I met him on Couchsurfing, once of the best ways to find cheap accommodation when you travel. Now, a year later, this guy invites me to his wedding in Egypt! How amazing is that?! Some connections you make over your travels are surprisingly strong.
  9. Traveling Let you Create Lifetime Memories
    My grandfather was an amazing story-teller and he used to tell me stories of the trips he made when he was younger. One of my favorites is how he tried eating with chopsticks in China for the first time. He regretted not traveling more as a young man. Years later, he still remembered everything in details: because traveling made a real impression on him. And it probably will on you too.
    No matter how insignificant it may seem, the fact that you’ve had an experience abroad, something that was out of the ordinary, creates a memory that you will remember for a long time.

dnd 5e – My DM wouldn’t let my character use Acrobatics to escape an Ankheg’s grapple, even after it was asleep. Can my DM do this, or am I overreacting?

It’s normal for the DM to improvise new rules to make the game more interesting. I’ve never told somebody that they couldn’t use acrobatics to escape a grapple, but I’ve said similar things.

For example I’ve said: “After the wolf knocks you over, it moves onto you and now it’s standing on your stomach, so you won’t be able to get free just by spending half your movement, you’ll need to make a check.” That’s not an official rule, but I wanted being tripped-by-a-wolf to have more game impact than just spending half your movement on your next turn to stand up.

I’ve also done the thing where I improvise new rules simply because the environment seems to call for them. For example, when someone jumped onto a roof, I’ve said: “you’re pretty heavy, and this roof isn’t very well built. Give me an acrobatics check to see if you fall through the roof.” There are no rules for that, so my player might have viewed it as “changing the rules to punish the players”, but I wasn’t trying to punish him, I just wanted to make the game interesting.

I’ve also done the thing where the group kills all my monsters too quickly, so I narrate that actually there were more monsters hiding somewhere and now the group has to fight them too. It sounds like this might be what your DM did.

My guess is that, when doing this, your DM forgot that someone had high passive perception. (Or they decided that passive perception wouldn’t work on a creature that was hiding underground.)

The DM is allowed to do things like this, so long as they are doing it in order to make the game more interesting and fun. The DM should be doing this in order to change “that combat was too easy” to “that combat was about the right difficulty”.

In this instance it sounds like the DM could have handled it better. For example, instead of saying “there’s an ankheg and none of you noticed it so it gets a surprise round”, the DM could have said “there are TWO ankhegs and your character who has 21 passive perception notices them so there’s no surprise round”. It sounds like either of those choices would have led to about the same combat difficulty, and the second one avoids nerfing a character’s perception ability.

The DM also should try to avoid improvising new rules in a way that consistently hurts one player, because then that player might feel like they’re being treated unfairly.

We can’t tell you whether you should stay in your game — it’s up to you to decide if you’re having fun. But, if I were in your shoes, I’d stay in the game and try not to let it bother me.

If I started to feel like my character could never do anything useful because the DM was always improvising rules to thwart me, that would be when I would leave the game.

If everyone is supposed to be equal, wouldn’t bringing back affirmative action give automatic preference to some people?

You are missing the point. “supposed to be equal”. If starting very much unequal, some have advantages they were born into through no merit or accomplishments of their own. Affirmative action is not supposed to be in its original form but is instead meant to give EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, which does not exist today.

There is a massive skew of wealth in the USA. Donald Trump started with avoiding military service, entry into a fine graduate school with family connection assistance, a “small” million dollar loan from a parent (today five times that in buying power in its industry). Donald Trump was NOT equal to start. 

Is a person born into poverty “equal” to one born into a palace?

ANYONE not seeing this is simply being purposely ignorant. I’m sure you can see this, that some preferences improve society as a whole.

If everyone is “equal” why are USA Republicans in leading government positions 90% white non-Hispanic males? Executive branch of President and Cabinet, US Senate and House, Governors. Is this a sign of equal?

Did China release Coronavirus on purpose so Donald Trump wouldn’t win re-election?

no … Trump didn’t create the virus. He ignored it, denied it, minimized it, joked about it, weaponized it, politicized it and exacerbated it. He is culpable for the chaos, unnecessary illness and yes, even preventable deaths because of it -AND- his supporters are too. This is the human cost of the MAGA cult delusion and we’re all paying for it now equally.

dnd 5e – Is there any way for a character to create a magical disguise that wouldn’t be automatically defeated by a creature with Truesight?

I’m attempting to come up with a solution to the question in the title, but have been unsuccessful thus far.

Some monsters have the Truesight ability which states the following (emphasis mine):

A monster with truesight can, out to a specific range, see in normal
and magical darkness, see invisible creatures and objects,
automatically detect visual illusions and succeed on saving throws
against them, and perceive the original form of a shapechanger or a
creature that is transformed by magic
. Furthermore, the monster can
see into the Ethereal Plane within the same range.

This seems like it’d be nearly impossible to utilize any kind of magical disguise against this creature, however a means to thwart players’ using Truesight would be to rely on additional coverage via the Nondetection spell, which says:

For the duration, you hide a target that you touch from divination
magic. The target can be a willing creature or a place or an object no
larger than 10 feet in any dimension. The target can’t be targeted
by any divination magic or perceived through magical scrying

and Alter Self’s Change Shape option, which says:

You transform your appearance. You decide what you look like,
including your height, weight, facial features, sound of your voice,
hair length, coloration, and distinguishing characteristics, if any.
You can make yourself appear as a member of another race, though none
of your statistics change.

As written, this spell combination would defeat players taking advantage of True Seeing spells. However, monsters do not follow the same rules as players, so I don’t think this would work if the players were to attempt to deceive a monster with the True Sight sense as the ability is not inherently divination magic (to my knowledge).

My question is twofold. Are there any rules which specifically state that the monster True Sight ability is considered a magical divination effect that could be countered by Nondetection? If not, is there another combination of spells that could be used to counter a monsters’ True Sight ability for the purposes of effectively passing off a magical disguise?