Benefits of travelling

Beautiful photos on your social media, fun and relaxation.

These are just a few and the most obvious benefits of travelling.

There are quite a few more. And that’s also one of the main reasons why it’s so hard for all of us, who love travelling, but can’t do it right now, because of the whole COVID situation. Studies show that travelling can improve your health, your communication skills and boost your confidence.

What are other benefits of travelling? Read on to find out.

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Benefits of travelling

1. Travelling expands your horizons

Travelling is one of the best classrooms.

It allows you to learn more about the world and other cultures, and develop love and compassion for others.

You leave home and embrace a completely unknown culture. It isn’t just good for you to witness how other people live on the other side of the globe, it also helps you think about your own life and even rethink the values on which you have built your life and rethink “the meaning of life”.

Traveling improves your understanding of other cultures.

What you see on social media or TV isn't always 100% true.

And you’ll understand it even better while travelling.

Travelling also allows you to try amazing food you haven’t heard about before.

All in all, travelling will help you get “real-life education”.

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2. Travelling improves your communication skills

Travelling challenges you every single day.

It puts you in situations you wouldn’t have ended up otherwise.

This makes you think outside the box and communicate with other people more.

Are you lost and the battery of your phone is flat? You have to ask a stranger for directions. At first it may seem scary, especially if you are an introvert. You are forced to come out of your shell, even if it’s not what you want.

But after a while it feels more natural.

And you feel more confident in talking with strangers.

3. It boosts your confidence

Travelling helps you develop love and compassion for others.

But in order to develop love and compassion for others we must first develop it for ourselves. Travelling will help you with that, too.

How exactly travelling boosts your confidence?

These are just a few ways how travel can boast your confidence:

  • You will learn to overcome challenges on your own.
  • Travelling will push you to make your own choices.
  • Your decision making skills will improve.
  • You will become more independent.
  • You will feel more connected with yourself.
  • You’ll see people in all sizes and shapes, and you may feel better about your appearance.
  • Your language skills will improve.
  • Travel develops financial savviness.

4. It improves your language skills

Are you learning a new language?

Then travel to a country where that language is spoken.

It is the most efficient way of learning.

And even if you aren’t learninga new language, you will get used to picking up new words in a different language every time you travel. This may encourage you to learn another language at some point, and to improve yourself.

5. It gives you quality time with your family

Year by year we are only getting busier.

All of us are so occupied in our lives and sometimes we struggle to make time for our family. Travelling together is a great way of bonding and it can improve family time. Traveling helps you make memories with your family and family trips are educational. Both you and your kids will learn more about the world and other cultures.

New knowledge will come in handy in your kid’s classroom.

As already mentioned, travelling will expand your horizons and develop love and compassion for others. That includes your family members.

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6. Travelling is good for your health

Traveling lets you disconnect from your daily life and achieve peace of mind.

When you travel, there’s no deadlines, tasks and errands to run. All these things bring stress to your life. When you travel, you don’t have to worry about these things. Yes, there are other things to worry about (like transport and accommodation) when you travel, but it’s not an everyday routine which for many of us is boring and stressful.

Breaking away from your stressful daily routine is good for your health.

New surroundings and experiences will reset your mind and body.

Traveling also improves your physical health.

If you are not very active at home, chances are you’ll on a trip abroad.

7. Travelling increases creativity 

Travelling provides you with new experiences and new surroundings.

It resets your mind. Such occasional resets will keep your mind sharp and clear.

Travelling increases creativity and helps with personal growth.

This is especially important for artists which are in constant need of inspiration. Even a two-week vacation will fill your head with ideas for your new artworks.

8. Travelling helps you expand your social network

No matter where you go, you meet new people while travelling.

Travelling gives you the opportunity to establish new friendships that would never have otherwise been possible if you didn’t go on that trip.

While some are just brief encounters, some people will become your friends for life. Even though there are probably continents and oceans between you, you may feel closeness to the person you met on a trip to a faraway land. Because of your time together in that place.

Through social media you can remain connected to your friends overseas.

And a year, two or a few later meet again.

9. It is fun & helps you relax

Other people’s trips look fun, right?

Pool, beach parties, new friends, fun day trips. It’s all possible for you too if you pursue it. Do you want your trip to be fun? Meet other people by attending parties and CouchSurfing meetings. Go to a bar. Stay at a backpacker hostel. Take a course. Share a cab / boat with other people to meet people and reduce costs.

Do you want a relaxing holiday by the pool or beach? Book a holiday in a resort.

Want to try something different? Join a yoga retreat or attend a meditation course.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to have a great holiday. There are plenty of options — budget clubs, budget resort hotels, budget adventure tours, you name it. Just do your research before booking a trip. Choose the best option for you.

Don’t be afraid to try something you haven’t done before.

10. Travelling creates lifetime memories

Hiking to the top of the mountain for sunrise.

Admiring Paris from above, from the Eiffel Tower.

Island hopping in Thailand.

Admiring the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

Wine tasting the wine regions of France.

Seeing “the big five” in Africa.

Swimming in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

Hiking through Antelope Canyon in Arizona…

These are memories worth holding on to.

Go on that trip! (when it's gonna be possible)

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