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The Transformative Power of Travel: Why It's Good for You

The Transformative Power of Travel: Why It's Good for You

There’s nothing like planning a trip that's filled with anticipation and excitement to send your thoughts into dream mode. Did you know that traveling is not only fun but has so many positive effects on our well-being such as self-discovery, stress reduction, building relationships, and happiness? There’s even scientific evidence to back up the transformative power of travel, so lets’ take a look at why you should get packing!

"Travel is intensified living-maximum thrill per minute...Travel is freedom. It's recess, and we need it".

-Rick Steves

1. Broaden Horizons and Cultural Experience

Traveling exposes us to different cultures, customs, and people with different worldviews and expands how we view the world . Something as simple as tipping in a Paris restaurant not being customary or that butter is not served with bread expands your notion about how things are and are not done. It’s a crash course in becoming a more open-minded and tolerant human being.

2. Self-Discovery and Personal Growth

When you step out of your comfort zone and overcome challenges while traveling you find hidden strengths and abilities you didn’t even know you possessed. You might even discover new interesting ways to communicate non-verbaly when there’s a language barrier. 

3. Stress Reduction and Mental Well-Being

When you're stressed one of the first things that comes to mind is "I need a vacation!" Well there's good reasons why you feel that way. Scientific studies show that the positive experience of vacation translates into physical health benefits and even disease prevention. A perfect way to clear and relax your mind is to escape your daily routines and stressors and experience new places and activities. 

4. Enhance Creativity

Profound examples of travel inspiring creativity can be seen in the work of so many of the worlds great artists. Take for instance Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico landscapes, Van Gogh’s Provence night sky, and Paul Gaugin's Tahiti.

Shelley H. Carson, Ph.D. professor of psychology at Harvard University shows us the relationship between travel and creativity,  "When we are creative, our vision becomes broader and the world opens to us, similar to the way our perspective broadens when we travel.”


"Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." 

- Ibn Battuta 

5. Embrace Change

Travel usually involves navigating the unknown. When we try to interpret a foreign language, experience new customs, or navigate unkonwn roadways, we’re sharpening our problem-solving skills and resilience. The ability to adapt to new environments while traveling teaches us lessons that help us embrace change easier in all aspects of our lives. 

So there you have it! Whether you’re exploring your own neighborhood for the weekend or jetting across the world, the benefits of stepping out of your daily routine transforms the way you show up in the world.

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