Like a lot of things, traveling can give you so many good things, too. It’s not just experiencing new things and having more joyful memories to keep. If you look at it on a bigger scale, the things you’ll get from traveling can affect you physically and emotionally, and most importantly, these benefits are not just a one-time thing, it changes you as a person.
Traveling is one of the most beautiful things we can do in the world. It awakens our sense to explore anywhere in the world – to learn different cultures, to taste new food, and to meet more amazing people. If you need more reasons as to why you should start traveling now, I present to you these four key benefits you can get from traveling!
- It makes you healthier
If you’re someone who’s been working tirelessly and treating traveling as a stress reliever, that is a perfect step because traveling can improve your health. It can have a significant impact on your mental well-being since you’re outside of your comfort zone more. Besides, it also cuts down your level of stress and lowers your chance of developing heart disease.
According to a joint study from the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies in partnership with U.S. Travel Association, women who take a vacation at least twice a year show a significantly lower risk of suffering a heart attack than those who travel only six years or never at all. Their study also goes for men, those who do not take annual vacation shows a 30 percent higher risk of getting a heart disease.
- It broadens your knowledge of the world
Well, there’s always some way we can learn things about each of the many parts of the world, may it be through watching television, reading books, or surfing the internet. But, it always feels better when we experience them firsthand; this is why traveling can broaden your understanding of the world.
There is knowledge from traveling that you won’t get in a university course, especially when you connect with locals. You get to learn more about how life is for them in their country, their traditions, and history. Traveling continually exposes you to new cultures, which can make a shift in your perspective of the world, too. Seeing different social classes and happening in other countries opens you to be more compassionate, it widens and deepens your knowledge about the world and its diverse people.
- It teaches you about yourself
Take traveling as an investment for yourself. It does not only teach you about the different people you meet, but you’ll also encounter more fractions of yourself you didn’t even know you had in you. It’s like a discovery of your self. Since traveling takes you out of your comfort zone, you encounter situations that test and let you know yourself more.
You will learn how capable you can be of change, traveling forces you to deal with change on an everyday basis since you’re in a foreign place. You can also learn more about your strengths when traveling. With the challenges you will face, you will be forced to let these strengths out like you would discover you have excellent communication skills. One last thing is it teaches you a new purpose for yourself. You’ll be opened to more insights into yourself and discover a new sense of life direction and purpose.
- It boosts your confidence
It’s not a lie that traveling offers you a lot of challenges along the way, but these are also meant to help boost that confidence of yours. There will be times that you find yourself into unexpected situations and sometimes get nervous about what can happen, or you can’t dare ask strangers for help, maybe because you don’t know their language. With cases like this, you are forced to be resourceful and independent to be able to cope with them. And when you overcome such obstacles, rather than getting more scared of going out there, it helps you more by having better confidence – by feeling like you’re prepared for the challenges waiting back for you at home or just life’s challenges, in general.
With traveling, you’ll realize that you can survive without the help you usually get at home. You will also realize how stronger and braver you can be.
Life is a beautiful gift and even more beautiful when you get to discover a different kind of life by traveling. I hope these benefits have now inspired you to go out more and give yourself that vacation you badly need. If you still doubt whether to travel or not, remember this quote from a famous writer, Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”