As I have mentioned in a previous post, 4 years ago we left our home country of the UK and moved to sunny Spain for a happier life! Even before this we were big believers that travel and new experiences make you happy, and in recent years we travelled abroad at least once per year.
Now I appreciate that travelling abroad is not attainable for everyone, and for many years it wasn’t for us. But you don’t have to go to another country to experience the many benefits of travel, it can be done closer to home.
However, if you are lucky enough to go further afield, travelling away from home is an amazing experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore new cultures, meet different people, and see exotic landscapes. But it is not just all about discovering new things; travelling has actually been scientifically proven to make people happy.
So, if you’re debating whether to splurge on that trip of a lifetime, read on to find out exactly why travelling makes you happy and the many benefits of travel…
1. Traveling makes you more creative
One of the many benefits of travel is that it enhances creativity. Studies have actually shown that people who travel regularly are more creative than those who don’t. Not only that, according to a study at the University of British Columbia, people who have lived abroad are more likely to come up with creative and innovative ideas. This is because travelling exposes you to new experiences, cultures, and different ways of thinking, which stimulate the brain and increase creativity. I’d better get those paintbrushes out then!
2. Traveling reduces stress
Another great benefit of travelling is that it’s an excellent way to reduce stress…once you’re out of the airport anyway! Travelling gives you the much needed opportunity to break free from the monotony of everyday life and lets you escape from your usual daily routine. Whether you decide to travel to a new city, an idyllic beach, or a remote location in the mountains, the change of scenery can be incredibly refreshing, and really help you to relax, recharge, and switch off for a bit.
3. Traveling improves mental health
Did you know that travelling also has positive effects on mental health? Travelling is a natural mood booster that can help improve your overall mental health and sense of wellbeing. According to a survey conducted by Booking.com, it was found that more than half of all travellers feel happier and more relaxed when they are on holiday. Travelling allows you to focus on the present moment and forget about the worries of daily life, which can lead to a decrease in symptoms of depression and anxiety.
4. Traveling enhances your social skills
Need a helping hand being a bit more sociable in your everyday life? Well the good news is that travelling helps improve your social skills. When you travel to a new place, you’re exposed to new people and cultures which allows you to step outside your comfort zone, interact with different people, and understand new cultures and lifestyles. This exposure improves your communication skills and helps you become more confident and comfortable in social situations.
5. Traveling helps you gain a new perspective
Another great benefit of travelling is that it helps you gain a new perspective. Travelling exposes you to different cultures, lifestyles, and traditions, which can help you broaden your horizons and appreciate different viewpoints. This new perspective gives you a deeper understanding of the world around you and helps you become more tolerant, empathetic, and respectful. It might even give you another perspective on your current lifestyle and inspiration for bigger changes!
6. Traveling creates lifelong memories
Finally, and very importantly, travelling creates lifelong memories. Exploring new places is an experience that stays with you forever. Whether it’s the gorgeous sunsets, the exotic foods, or the thrill of adventure, travel memories are something you’ll cherish throughout your life. As you look back on your travels, and scroll through your photos, you will be able to relive those amazing moments and share your experiences with others.
Well… are you inspired to head off on a new adventure yet? Travelling is an incredible experience that can bring numerous benefits to your life. It enhances your creativity, reduces stress, improves your mental health, enhances your social skills, helps you gain a new perspective, and creates lifelong memories. So, if you’ve been putting off travelling, now is the time to start planning your next adventure. Remember, traveling not only makes you happy, but it also enriches your life in countless ways.