Traveling used to be a luxury that is only accessible to a few. Right now, with the plethora of cheap fares and affordable accommodation, traveling has become a standard leisure for many and, in a way, has also become a necessity. When you travel, you see new things, learn new things, and in the process, you discover more of yourself and of the world.
Here are top 10 reasons why you should travel at least once every year.
- It reduces mental stress.
Stress can accumulate within your consciousness, especially if you are bombarded with it every day at work. Although you may not notice it or you choose to ignore, stress will slowly seep into your cognitive aspect and affect your attitude and behaviour in many ways. Traveling once a year can allow you to reduce and let go of this mental stress that has collected within you.
- It alleviates depression.
Some cases of depression are caused by lack of socialization and exposure to the outside world. Traveling at least once a year will allow you to meet new people and see more of the world. This will help alleviate forms of depression and open your mind to positivity.
- It lowers your risks of heart problems.
Studies show that traveling can lower your risk to heart diseases and this is linked to the reduction of stress and depression – two of the causes of heart problems. In an emotional perspective, traveling will allow you to become more positive and appreciate the world more, thus giving you a happy heart.
- It increases cognitive health.
Cognitive such as mental, emotional and intellectual – traveling at least once every year will expose you to the many cultures, languages, beliefs and practices of other places. This will develop your adaptation skills and learn more about the different cultures around the world. It increases your knowledge on history, culture, socialization and a lot more.
- It helps overcome fears.
Traveling is not complete without trying extreme activities and sports, especially the ones that are popular in the area you are vacationing in. For example: bunjee jumping, cliff jumping, hiking tall mountains, surfing and other daring activities that will allow you to face your fears. Being able to overcome your fears is a personal success to be proud of.
- It increases your ability to solve problems.
Problem solving is another benefit you can get from traveling. From simple accommodation issues to flight issues, your ability to think rationally and solve problems one by one will be tested and developed when you travel often. Strategic thinking is also another benefit that allows you to see a solution to issues presented, especially if you are in a foreign land.
- It makes you creative.
Creativity can be developed when you travel often in many ways. Seeing the beauty of nature will inspire anyone to somehow imprint the beauty they saw in their memories. Thus, you learn to draw, paint or even take up photography to keep a souvenir of the beautiful views from your travels. You also develop creativity by being exposed to the rich culture and history of the places you visit.
- It increases intimacy (for couples).
For most couples, traveling is one of their annual goals. They save money to take their vacation and they see new places together. This increases intimacy from the beginning because saving money together for a goal means you desire a future with them.
Also, traveling with your partner lets you see the beauty of the world together. You visit beautiful places with beautiful and romantic views. You spend the whole day together and learn more about each other. This allows you to grow your affection and intimacy for each other, which will also strengthen your relationship.
- It develops skills on planning and budgeting.
Creating a goal of traveling at least once every year will develop your skill of planning and budgeting. Of course, although you save money for your trip, you would want to be strict on your budget and spend as less on accommodation and fare as possible. Thus, you learn to plan ahead and make a strategic planning on your budget.
- It improves social skills.
Traveling often will expose you to different people from different places and culture. It will expose you and let you learn to adapt on their way of living, personalities and routine. You will also get to meet new people where some would even continue as friends. Social skills are improved when you go out and socialize more.
In many ways, traveling has proven to be an effective strategy to bring positivity to your life. Travel while you are young and able; travel alone or with friends, family or loved ones; and travel because the world is out there waiting for you.