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".
1. Broaden Horizons and Cultural Experience
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.