The 21st century is a great time to be alive. The world has never been more accessible to those who simply decide to get out there and see it.

These 46 adventurers have made travel a priority in their lives and it has changed them for the better. Here’s how they have been impacted along with some of their favorite travel spots.

Chris Christensen - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice!Chris Christensen – Amateur Traveler

How travel has changed me
Even as a child, even though my travels were mostly domestic, I felt that travel gave me a wider perspective. There is nothing like a visit to a foreign place to show you that just because you do things like that at home does not mean everyone does. And that can be true if the foreign place is your grandmother’s house in Wisconsin or a mosque in Istanbul.

One of my favorite travel spots
There are so many. For some reason Crete comes to mind because I have not talked enough about how much I enjoyed that part of Greece. It is a beautiful island with some of the best beaches in Europe, wonderful food and also is the home for the oldest of the European civilizations – the Minoans.

Andrew EvansAndrew Evans - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice! – National Geographic’s Digital Nomad

How travel has changed me
Travel always keeps me guessing myself and what I know about life so far. It makes me raise my hand and ask questions everyday. It is the eternal kindergarten.

One of my favorite travel spots
One of my favorite spots I’ve visited is Lake Malawi, in south central Africa. Filled with tropical fish like jewels, the water and beaches of this freshwater inland sea are the definition of all that is right and beautiful in Africa.

Chris Guillebeau – Art of Non-Conformity

How travel has changed me
It taught me to stop making assumptions about other people. Before I traveled, I thought I was fairly open-minded, but I didn’t know much at all about other cultures or religions. Being confronted with the unfamiliar is very helpful in learning that not everyone is the same, and that’s OK.

One of my favorite travel spots
There are so many! But at the moment, I’m thinking of Vilnius, Lithuania. It’s at the top of my list of places to return after I finish visiting every country (188/193 at the moment).

Gary Arndt – Everything Everywhere

How travel has changed me
The biggest change has been how I view owning possessions. I am much happier now just having a bag of clothes and some camera gear. Having gone for so long without all the trappings of a house, I no longer need nor want to have too much stuff.

One of my favorite travel spots
As for my favorite places, I’d say Palau is pretty high up on the list. It has the best SCUBA diving I’ve seen anywhere in the world as well as having the jellyfish lake, which was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had.

Geraldine DeRuiter – The Everywhereist

How travel has changed me
My family is quite international – my mom came over to the U.S. from Italy right before I was born, and my father lives in Germany. My cousins and aunts and uncles are from all over the place. I feel like travel has enabled me to understand them all better. I see the places where they were born, where they grew up, and where their accents, expressions, and mannerism originally came from. It’s a crazy thing: the more I venture out in the world, the more I understand my family back home.

One of my favorite travel spots
I’m smitten with Italy. It’s where my mother and her family are from, and can’t help but feel at home there. In particular, I adore Venice. I know it’s touristy and a little over-hyped, but there isn’t any place like it on earth, and it won’t be around forever.

Yamile YemoonyahYamile Yemoonyah - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport – Creative Web Biz

How travel has changed me
Travel has been a huge influence in my life since I got on a plane for the very first time when I was just 16 months old. Seeing and experiencing different cultures and yet still recognizing the similarities we all share as human beings has made me aware of the fact that country borders are just imaginary lines drawn in the sand. In reality we are all children of Mother Earth and we all just want to love and be loved.

One of my favorite travel spots
I’ve been to many beautiful places but my favorites are always in nature. The national parks in the U.S. like Yellowstone and Redwood are just gorgeous. I also love the beaches on the west coast of Portugal and the surrounding mountains of Medellin, Colombia. All these places make you take a deep breath and forget about the ridiculous little problems you worry about in your daily life.

David Garland - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed PassportDavid Garland – The Rise to the Top

How travel has changed me
I could give the cliche answer here that I’ve realized the world is soooooooo big and has made me appreciate everything, but I’m not going to do that. Honestly, travel changes me by energizing me. I love taking in a culture, seeing what the people are like and in the end always appreciating home even more.

One of my favorite travel spots
Santorini in Greece. Most. Beautiful. And. Relaxing. Place. Ever.

Laura Roeder – LKR Social Media Marketer

How travel has changed me
I love visiting places that are more relaxed than the States. (That would be most places!) Seeing that you don’t have to rush, you don’t have to worry, that things will work themselves out in due time is freeing. When I’m feeling stressed I try to tap into that way of life!

One of my favorite travel spots
One of my favorite places was Cape Town, South Africa. I ended up spontaneously spending a week there by myself and it was my first time to travel alone. It’s a beautiful city with a unique design scene and inspiring nature.

Sean Ogle - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed PassportSean Ogle – Location 180

How travel has changed me
Traveling has taught me to be a more patient person. When you’re on the road, you get held up a lot, experience things beyond your control and you learn to deal with it and treat it as all being part of the process. This has benefitted just about every aspect of my life.

One of my favorite travel spots
That’s tough with so many favorites, but Buzios, Brazil and Railay Beach, Thailand are definitely up there on the favorites list.

Annie FitzsimmonsAnnie Fitzsimmons - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport – Hotel Belle

How travel has changed me
Travel has made me feel both more powerful and insignificant. Powerful because of what I have experienced around the world, things that have been both challenging and inspiring. And insignificant because I am only one of billions of personalities all living incredibly varied lives, with different beliefs and reasons for their choices. Nothing but leaving your home can do this.

One of my favorite travel spots
I recently spent a weekend in the Isles of Scilly 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall in England and fell in love. It’s a land where time has stood still, where everyone is friendly, funny, and engaging and the natural beauty is stunning. It’s a favorite of the royal family, yet barely anyone outside of England has heard of them. The Star Castle Hotel quickly became one of my favorite retreats. Out of 140 islands, 5 are inhabited. I just loved how I felt while being there.

Tyler Tervooren - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed PassportTyler Tervooren – Advanced Riskology

How travel has changed me
Travel has showed me how biased my worldview is. Seeing first hand that not everyone thinks the way I do and that there are many ways to look at the world has been a very humbling but important experience.

One of my favorite travel spots
I like every place for different reasons, but Russia was truly beautiful.

 Alexis Grant - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed PassportAlexis Grant – The Traveling Writer

How travel has changed me
It has certainly made me more thankful for all the opportunities I have in life. When you interact with people who aren’t quite as lucky, it makes you really want to take advantage of those opportunities! Now more than ever before, I want to make the most of what I’ve been given.

One of my favorite travel spots
Madagascar! Absolutely loved it — such a cool mix of African and Asian cultures. Lots of French speakers visit, but not so many Americans – probably also because it’s such a long trip for us to get there. But while the flight is expensive, traveling on the island is pretty cheap, and so worth it.

Andy Hayes - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed PassportAndy Hayes – Sharing Travel Experiences

How travel has changed me
Without question, I think travelers – myself included – have a bigger world view. Travel has changed me because I better understand others and better understand myself.

One of my favorite travel spots
The South Island of New Zealand I always note as one of my favorites. It’s one of the few places in the world where I’ve spent not hours, but days, not seeing anyone else. The outdoors and hikes are incredible, but so are the food and hospitality.

Bianca Gignac Bianca Gignac - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport– Italian Fix

How travel has changed me
Travel has given me two massive philosophical bents that have forever changed the way I live: gratitude and compassion. From my fist travel experience in my mom’s VW van to my last adventure in Italy, travel lifts me into new ways of thinking, communicating and living: and that is an incredible way to experience your life.

One of my favorite travel spots
That’s an easy one! My favorite spot in the world is the Cinque Terre in Italy. It has to be: I met my husband there, we have a beautiful daughter and living in the region for a couple years inspired me to start my Italian travel company. It rocks my world to see my guests faces light up when they get off the train in the Cinque Terre. It motivates me to help them travel in style and have an incredible experience that will be the highlight of their decade!

Corbett BarrCorbett Barr - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport – Think Traffic

How travel has changed me
Travel has helped me re-prioritize what is most important to me in life. I took a long-term traveling sabbatical a few years ago, and it dramatically changed the course of my life. Instead of thinking about career and life as two distinct things, I’ve decided to better integrate the two and to do it in a way that gives me the freedom to work from anywhere in the world.

One of my favorite travel spots
One of my favorite places in the world is Mexico. I don’t mean the big gringo-friendly resort towns, and I’m not talking about any one place in particular. Mexico has so much to offer when you get into the smaller, more interesting and real towns. It’s so close to the United States and yet people know so little about the real Mexico. Yes, it has an element of danger at the moment, but there are plenty of areas unaffected by the drug violence, especially if you stay away from the border towns.

Greg & Rachel DenningGreg and Rachel Denning - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport – Discover Share Inspire

How travel has changed me
Travel has helped me to become a better person – more compassionate, capable and caring. It has forced be to grow by pushing me out of my comfort zone, and given me an expanded view of the world.

One of my favorite travel spots
One of my favorite places in the world is Las Galeras, Dominican Republic. It’s at the end of the road – quiet, remote, peaceful and absolutely beautiful. White sand beaches, coconut groves and amazing sunsets.

Rachel RodgersRachel Rodgers - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport – Her Virtual Law Office

How travel has changed me
My first overseas trip was a summer study abroad to London after my freshman year of college. It was so inspiring to be in a different country encountering a new culture and different way of life. Taking in the scenery, the people, the food was exhilarating. When I went home after that trip I knew I had been forever changed. That trip led to many more trips from studying abroad in West Africa to doing volunteer work in Ecuador to backpacking in Thailand. That first travel experience created an insatiable desire to see and experience the world. When I am traveling, I feel like I am truly living.

One of my favorite travel spots
My absolute favorite place is Provence in the South of France. I am in love with the people, the language and the culture. Everywhere you turn is sensory overload – the beautiful visual from vineyards to old churches, amazing, fresh cheese from the Sunday morning market, strolling through fields of lavender and great conversations in my broken French at the cafe in the center of town. It really is a magical place.

Sean KeenerSean Keener - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport – Bootsnall Travel

How travel has changed me
It’s changed the trajectory of my life in every way. Travel has been the best “teacher” about life, love, and my small place in the world. It led me to co-founding the BootsnAll Travel Network which has been my primary professional and personal development outlet as an adult.

One of my favorite travel spots
India – It’s in your face. I love the fact that walking down the street is chaos. Some folks sh*tting on the side of the road, while a BMW drives by. Beautiful Mountains, beaches and wonderful people.

Cathy Goldner - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed PassportCathy Goldner – Solo Travelers Alliance

How travel has changed me
Travel has made me a more confident person and taught me that people are more similar than different.

One of my favorite travel spots
One of my favorite places is Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It has something for everyone. In the north you can go to the top of a volcano and freeze then go to the southern part of the island and sit on the beach and tan.

Chris Staudinger & Tawny ClarkChris Staudinger & Tawny Clark - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport – Captain & Clark

How travel has changed us
Travel has enhanced the way we view our world and the people around us. It’s made us more compassionate, understanding, and adaptable. It’s opened our eyes to new adventures and customs in ways that one can never get from a text book.

One of our favorite travel spots
A few of our favorite destinations have been Bahrain, the Galapagos, and South Korea. We hold a special place in our hearts for all of the countries that we’ve visited.

Katie PrentissKatie Prentiss - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport – Katie Prentiss Photography

How travel has changed me
Travel has changed me in the way it offers a new view on life. By seeing another person’s world and daily surroundings, I’m able to process more about my own life~ circumstances that were given to me that I don’t deserve as well as my own choices to live the way I do. Even the opportunity to travel is a gift that many in the world don’t have. I love stepping out of my life and looking into others’ in this way.

One of my favorite travel spots
One of my favorite places I have visited is Viçosa Brazil. I believe I have such fond memories of visiting there because it’s the longest I’ve ever stayed outside of the country. (We were there for two months.) Because of the duration of the stay, I was able to know the city and some of it’s people in a way that you can’t know a place when you visit for a week. I wouldn’t exchange that experience for anything. And now, I want to plan another trip like it if I can only figure out how to pull away from life that long…

Daniel Noll & Audrey ScottDaniel Noll & Audrey Scott - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport – Uncornered Market

How travel has changed us
Oh, this answer could be a book. Travel has changed us in so many ways, but perhaps most in the appreciation of the little things in life and the value of personal connections. We’ve been humbled so many times by people who have connected with us and given us so much even though they have very little as well. And often we’ve experienced this incredible hospitality in countries that are considered “dangerous” back home.

One of our favorite travel spots
This is another tough one. Can we go for a top 5? Some of our favorite countries have included the Republic of Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Guatemala and Peru. All of these countries have beautiful scenery, but what really makes them special to us are the people. That’s what has left the biggest impression on us.

Jeffrey TrullJeffrey Trull - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport – Money Spruce

How travel has changed me
Travel has really changed my perspective of the world and on life. It’s made me realize how large, diverse, and interesting our world is, and how without travel, I truly know and understand so little. Travel has really given me a better sense of meaning for everything I do now, no matter where I am.

One of my favorite travel spots
I’ll definitely always have a special place in my heart for Barcelona. Yes, I know it’s a lot of peoples’ favorite, but I loved just walking the streets and seeing all the amazing work of Gaudí and Picasso. Barcelona is the place that made me realize how important travel is to me and why visiting new places needs to be a priority in my life.

 Anita Horton - 46 Adventurers Share their Favorite Travel Spots and Advice - Frayed Passport