Everyone has different goals in life, but at the end of the day, we all want one common thing - to be happy. To celebrate the International Day of Happiness on March 20th, we decided to take a look at one of our favourite happiness-makers – travelling – and why it makes us better people in general.
There are ten keys to happier living and, no surprise, travel contributes to all of them...
Giving: Do things for others
Whether it’s volunteering locally while travelling, or just helping out local vendors and businesses with your patronage, your presence is benefitting the tourism industry that so many countries rely so much on. Plus, giving back is an unbeatable feeling that brings on all that positive karma, so you know, double win!
Relating: Connect with people
Strong relationships usually make for happier people, and you know we’re allll for making new relationships whilst on adventures. No matter if it’s locals or your fellow explorers, meeting people and forming lifelong connections is hands down of the best aspects of the travelling experience.
Exercising: Take care of your body
Treadmills and ellipticals are great and all, but nothing beats getting your sweat on by exploring a new city by foot/ bike, trying out adventure activities that get your pulse racing, and even just getting off the couch and exploring the world. Whether that world is your local city, somewhere new in your home country or on the other side of the world, get those sweet endorphins pulsing with the work out known as exploring.
"Happiness and fulfillment come less from material wealth and more from relationships; less from focusing on ourselves and more from helping others; less from external factors outside our control and more from the way in which we choose to react to what happens to us." - actionforhappiness.org
Awareness: Live life mindfully
There’s no better time to sit back, reflect on life and be in the moment than when you’re on a mental break from life/ school/ work. Travel has a magical way of putting everything into perspective.
Trying out: Keep learning new things
Living in a routine rut is one of the key contributors to a crappy mood. Spice up your life by not only seeing new places, but learning about language, culture, history and cuisine as you go. Every place you tick off your list is a life accomplishment.
Direction: Have goals to look forward to
Speaking of ticking off lists, there’s nothing more motivating than having epic #travelgoals to work towards. Whether it’s visiting one country or 30 by the time you’re 30, being excited and optimistic about the future is a definite happiness maker.
Resilience: Find ways to bounce back
You can’t be happy all of the time, and if things aren’t that great at home, a change of scenery is usually just the thing you need. Travelling is essentially escapism, but in the best way possible. Taking a break is absolutely key for a good self-care routine, so why not take your mental break somewhere awesome?
Emotions: Look for what’s good
If you’re looking ‘for what’s good’, vacations are definitely good, and travelling usually has a way of making us appreciate what we have. Focusing on the good things in life, such as the ability to travel definitely helps with the glass-half-full attitude. If your finances/ schedule/ lifestyle mean that you’re fortunate enough to be able to travel for leisure, that’s something big to be thankful for in itself.
Acceptance: Be comfortable with who you are
Self-awareness is a definite product of travelling, and while you’re learning about different places abroad and seeing how other people live you’ll be learning more about yourself as well. Travelling puts you into so many new situations that you can’t help but grow whilst doing it.
Meaning: Be part of something bigger
Have you seen life outside of your little daily bubble? Our planet is big and beautiful with SO much going on, and whether you find your purpose or discover the meaning of life abroad, you’ll have a better idea of where you fit into this giant mosaic of civilization, and learn what you want to contribute going forward. We get so wrapped up in our trivial problems, and travelling has a way of beautifully putting things into perspective.