Embarking on a journey at least once a year is an absolute must for everyone. Whether you’re in your 20s or in late 50s, traveling can leave a positive lasting in your life so many ways. Enriching and enthralling, traveling feeds our soul as well as open your eyes to the beauty and diversity of the world. What’s more, it makes us observers and learners, teaching us the value of life. To top it all off, traveling the world can boost our confidence, and even improve our overall well-being.
Still not convinced? Here are some reasons why you should travel at least once a year.
1. Travel is the best form of education
Seeing the world gives you an endless source of knowledge and an education that’s totally impossible get in a university. Take note, traveling teaches sociology, geography, historic, politics and economy in a rather hands-on, intense way. And, thankfully, the school of traveling is always accepting applications with no entrance exams needed.
2. You deserve a break
Everyone deserves a little break from the everyday life. No matter how much you love your work, your productivity will eventually decline, when you’re working non-stop. So, take a breather, and spend some time to recharge your batteries.
3. It’s absolutely possible
Traveling at least once a year is totally doable, even for budget-conscious and extremely busy folks. With the rise of cheap promo fares and low-cost airlines, there’s no reason why you book your trip in advance, and make your trip a reality. Plus, there are flexible options for accommodations like CouchSurfing that make it possible meet locals and stay somewhere on a shoestring budget or for free.
4. Push your limits
Traveling somewhere new, far and foreign will push your limits as well as test your social skills in many social situations. From figuring out a city’s public transportation system to fending off scammers, you’ll be surprised how hard and far your limits will be pushed. And believe me when I say that nothing can beat the satisfaction of doing something that you never imagined you could do.
5. Alleviates stress
Need to escape the alarming workload or endless parade of chores? According to a number of studies, stress reduction is, hands down, of the biggest benefits to traveling at least once a year. In a survey conducted by Expedia in 2012, researchers discovered that 89 perfect of vacation goers found out that they could relax and let go of stress, after a day or two into their trip.
So, how does traveling relieve stress? Getting away from your daily routine and stepping into a new surrounding will reset both your body and mind, resulting into considerable stress relief. Furthermore, leisure activities, like traveler, can greatly improve psychological functioning and lower depression leves, according to a 2009 study conducted by University of Kansas.
6. Travel helps open your mind
Traveling opens your mind and heart to a plethora of new experiences. To me, there’s just something about being a different place or foreign land that will make you forget almost everything you know. Then, you’ll finally get to free up some space in your mind, so you can embrace a lot of new things.
7. Improves heart health
Traveling is not just fun and exciting, but it also promotes physical activity. Whether you’re climbing a mountain, walking the streets of a foreign city or rushing through the airport, traveling involves a lot of physical movement that lower blood pressure as well as the risk of stroke and heart disease.
According to the Framingham Heart Study, women who take a vacation only every 6 years or less were 8 times more likely to have a heart attack or develop a heart disease, compared to females who travel at least twice a year.
8. Traveling will refresh your perspective
It’s easy to take the people and things in your life for granted, when you never step outside your comfort zone. Luckily, meeting new people and traveling into new places can cure this dilemma by giving you a new perspective in life.
9. You have the time
There are 365 days a year, meaning there’s no reason why don’t have the time to try something pleasurable and different. It’s mind-boggling to know that we dedicate most of our days to work, and give ourselves a tidbit of time, to do the things that what we want to do. And, make no mistake about – if you’re determined to make your adventure happen, things and logistics will ultimately fall into place.
10. It gives meaning to your life
Going to a new and far-off place, once a year, will give meaning to your typical routine. Somehow, it offers some kind of focus and purpose to your everyday life. Trust me, the rat race will become so much more bearable, when you know what you’re saving up and working for.
11. Develop skills you never thought you had
You’ll be surprised by the number of new skills you’ll pick up, when traveling abroad. From haggling and the art of miming to budgeting, you’ll quickly learn how to live a life that’s far from your quintessential routine.
12. Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Leaving the people and home for a new horizon will give the opportunity to miss the daily things that you take for granted. Your soft bed, the comfort of your car, walking to the loft of your best friend, being able to talk in your mother tongue, and other things that you’re used to, will seem more appealing, when you are away. And who knows? You might even miss the routine of your job.
13. Reflect on life
Traveling to a place that’s somewhere completely different from your home gives you the perfect opportunity to step back, and see your life from a different light. You’re going to discover things that you practically can’t see up close, when you’re busy with your day-to-day life.
14. Find your inner confidence
At first, traveling can be pretty scary, especially when you arrive in a new country on your own. But, you’ll get used to the culture and people fairly quickly. You’ll adapt quick than you originally thought. And when you get back home, you’ll be supremely proud of what you’ve become and the fact that you did everything by yourself.
15. You’ll learn more about yourself
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying that you’ll discover who you are and your life’s purpose on your quick 1-week vacation. But, you’ll certainly find a piece of yourself that you once thought you had lost. The thing is, travel tends to unleash your hidden talents as well as bring out your true colors. When you’re out of your comfort zone, you’ll be forced to do things and channel inner skills that you never thought existed.