While travel is an exciting, fun thing to do, it’s also something that’s good for your health and happiness. It can open up your mind to world’s you never knew existed, help you understand other cultures, and perhaps help you come to the realisation that no matter where we happen to live on this planet - we have more similarities than differences....
Stress Relief and New Relationships
The benefits of travel are immediate. Travellers have been found to experience a significant reduction in stress after just a day or two away, as well as a more positive outlook on life over the long term. Spending money on travel also brings more long term happiness than buying “stuff.”
When we buy things, we’re often soon bored with them, but buying experiences actually becomes a part of our identity. It may even open up new relationships because you’re more likely to bond over mutual experiences, like taking a road trip through Ireland or going sailing in Greece.
A More Creative Mind
Travel can’t help but inspire creativity, in fact, it’s always inspired writers and artists… Author Hunter S. Thompson was inspired to write Rum Diary after escaping to Puerto Rico, author Ernest Hemingway traveled the world and Van Gogh went to France. New experiences spark different synapses in the brain, which is known to enhance creativity, this is especially likely to occur when you immerse yourself in a new culture.
And on that note. While you may think that taking time off from work to travel will hurt your career, it’s actually more likely to benefit it. When you’re away from home, you meet new people and may even discover all sorts of networking opportunities. You’ll become more inspired, more creative, and you may come up with better solutions and new ways of solving problems. It also allows you to see the bigger picture and let go of the little things so that when you return from your travels you can go back into the working world with all guns blazing.
A Change in Perspective
Travel can change and broaden your perspectives, not only of the world but also of yourself. It often brings about unfamiliar situations that you wouldn’t normally experience. When you have to live outside of your comfort zone, even if it’s a bit uncomfortable, it brings about a transformation in the way you see things.
A travel adventure is made up of moments which force us outside of our comfort zones and enable us to see our full abilities, which is why it can truly transform us. Allowing ourselves to become immersed into unknown territory brings a recognizable internal shift in self-confidence.
Anytime you do something new, whether it’s as small as impulsively venturing off a pre-designed itinerary, or embarking on a solo trip for the first time, we are presented with the chance to improve confidence in a way you may never have known before.
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