6 Reasons to Travel ASAP
There are as many reasons to travel as there are exotic locations around the globe. Some travel to learn and grow while others travel to escape the mundane, create new friendships and find adventure at every opportunity. Travel is often looked at as the key to happiness and an opportunity to change yourself for the better, but don’t just take our word for it, countless philosophers and travellers throughout history will tell you the same. It was the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux who said, “You go away for a long time and return a different person – you never come all the way back.” If you ask anyone who’s spent a significant time travelling they will tell you that Mr. Theroux was completely correct. Travel has a way of changing people for the better and permanently.
Travel Relieves Stress & Benefits Mental Health
A vacation is one of the very best strategies for dealing with stress. Travel will literally move you away from whatever it may be that’s bothering you and place you in a location you’ve chosen for relaxation. Often travelers will spend their days outside breathing in the fresh air and absorbing sun rays. This is great for our health. Fresh air increases the amount of oxygen found in our blood which translates into more energy for us. The freedom inherited from travel allows us to catch up on sleep and break routines we’ve become accustomed to. A recent study by The Global Commission on Aging, The U.S. Travel Association and The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies have conducted a poll that resulted in the conclusion that travel aids in the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, especially in retirees. What we all need every so often is prescription for travel to help with our overall health and happiness.
Travel Boosts Creativity
Perhaps a less obvious benefit to travel is that many believe it can make you more creative. The famous American novelist Ernest Hemingway found the majority of his inspiration from the time he spent in France and Spain. Although as with many of travels benefits, it’s considered anecdotal, many psychologists and neuroscientists have been investing a large amount of time and energy studying how spending time abroad affects the brains functionality. Studies have found clear correlations between immersing one’s self in a culture and creative output.
The Best Education Money Can Buy
From cooking local cuisine or having a conversation in a foreign language. There is no shortage of opportunities to learn new skills around the globe. When you communicate with people from around the globe you’ll have the unique chance to really explore cultural differences such as cuisine, manners, and social expectations. You’ll also have a chance to discover cultural similarities that you may not know existed. Perhaps you and the new friends you’ve made share a mutual love of certain music or art. Of course, history plays a big role in travel education, finding ancient ruins or artifacts or even digging into other cultures history can be a thrilling experience.
Shifting Your Perspective
Mark Twain famously remarked “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and the things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” In today’s digital world, social media and the internet make the world feel less vast than one might have first thought yet viewing images of iconic landmarks on social media isn’t enough to satisfy those who yearn to touch, smell, see and experience the cultures of the world for themselves. While it may not feel like it the world is still a large place with countless nooks and crannies to explore and the only way to truly immerse yourself in another culture is to see it firsthand. Living in a developed first world country many of us take for granted simple luxuries, traveling abroad will often give globetrotters empathy and a chance to see how lucky we are to live where we do. Travel not only shifts your perspective of the world but of yourself as well… Many people are able to gain extra self-confidence and a sense of connectedness by stepping out of their comfort zone.
Happiness is Contagious
A smile can travel further and faster than we as individuals are able to. When you are greeted with a beaming smile, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to resist mirroring the friendly demeanor. This is a common sight all over the world as you arrive in cities and villages and find smiling locals waiting in hopes that you’ll support their businesses and possibly create lasting friendships. Many of our tour partners are particularly skilled at getting you up close and personal with your destination and take you to secret locations and local hotspots allowing you to gain a perspective shared primarily by the locals. With any luck, you’ll bring one of those infectious smiles home with you and pass it to someone else so it can continue on its journey.
Everything we’ve mentioned above will benefit you in the short term, but it doesn’t end there the memories, experiences, and skills we gain while traveling will stay with us for life. If you’re anything like we are when we return from a trip, you can find us talking with our well-traveled colleagues already planning our next grand adventure. When we are home for an extended stay we get to treasure the skills, memories, and souvenirs we’ve collected across the globe from our time abroad.
“People forget years and remember moments.” – Ann Beattie
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