There’s a whole wide world out there, and it contains so many unknowns - but we all only get one life. We should travel the world while we have the chance. If you’re just starting to think about why you should travel, or you're looking for reasons to travel, then these 10 reasons why you should travel often are just for you.
1.TRAVELING MAKES YOU SMARTER
Get used to picking up new words in a different language every time you travel and you will see improvements in your brain capacities. Travel helps fuel your brain to function at a higher level. One study showed that retired people who travel have 75 percent higher rates of mental stimulation, and 82 percent have an increased ability to “get things done,” versus 57 percent of those who don't travel.
2.TO MAKE MEMORIES
This is a little cliche, but it’s true: no one looks back on their life and wishes they’d upgraded their iPhones more regularly. They think back on the unforgettable train ride in your country, the time they got lost in Brazil and found the best cake pastry, or how they met their loved one when walked along the sea. Your travel experiences will always be with you, and when you need a pick me up, they can be a valuable resource for reminding you how good life can be.
3.TO EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS
You can stay in your little corner of the world, or you can experience millions of other ways to live. Truly authentic travel experiences can open your mind to life’s endless possibilities. Travel allows us to do away with ignorance and prejudice, and find common ground with people who might appear to be very different from us. When you explore other countries, you start to understand why the people there might do certain things or act in certain ways. One of the most amazing things is that strangers are, more often is willing to help when you ask them for it.
4.TRAVEL BOOST HAPPINESS
Travelling makes people happier, because it makes you grow. Your mind is stretched, your perceptions are challenged, and your perspectives change for the better. Your experiences can define your reality - what better way to shape your life than by experiencing all that the world has to offer? Once you go on your first trip, you will not want to stop.
5.TO SEE AMAZING NEW THINGS
You could read about the Wonders of the World online, or you can go and see them with your own eyes. Wherever you go, you’ll find incredible new things to marvel at - whether it’s the Niagara Falls, the Great Wall of China, or the pyramids of Egypt, you’ll be in awe at the magnificence of our planet. When you come back home, you'll be proud of yourself. Trust, it’s much better than looking at a computer screen.
6.TO REGAIN YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR WORK LIFE
Traveling is refreshing and revitalizing. Relaxing at home during the weekends isn’t always enough to truly unwind. Taking periodic trips help to recharge your batteries and better handle the stress at work. After a break, you’ll feel more energized to return to work. Without these breaks, you may suffer work burn out.
7.TRAVEL CREATES MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS
Making friends is one of the top reasons why people travel. You’ll make great friends from around the globe and you’ll get to see things from different perspectives. You’ll keep in touch with them over time, and they might even let you stay at theirs the next time you get itchy feet! You'll have the opportunity to visit their home turf, to see their way of life like no other tourist would. They’ll want to show you their world, and luckily for you, you'll get to see it through the eyes of the locals. Just make sure to return the favor!
8.TRAVELING DEVELOPS SKILLS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD
Sometimes it’s only far from home that you realize you you’ve got skills you’ve never used. It’s travel that brings them to the surface and makes you smile, satisfied to have reached the mountain top, or crossed a gorge or helped a villager clean up after a storm, or fix the stroller from what is available.
9.TO TRY NEW FOODS
Travelling is calorie burning. It's absolutely the best way to get to know new tastes. Speak to locals to find out how they cook certain dishes, and what ingredients they use. If you ever want to remember your favorite sights and sounds from travelling, you can use similar ingredients to cook up something new! Use the tastes and smells to remind you of your travel experiences, and take them with you wherever you go.
10. TRAVELING REDUCES YOUR RISK OF HEART ATTACK
Cases of heart attack have continued to rise over the years and it’s interesting to note that scientific studies have found men who do not take a vacation for several years are 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack. Those men who go on vacation regularly are 21 percent less likely to die of such an attack, while women who go on holiday only once every six years are eight times more likely to suffer a heart attack.
As surprising as these findings may be, upon closer inspection you can see why that’s the case. Travelers tend to be more active than those who spend most of their lives sitting in an office chair all day.
Tourists can walk as much as ten miles a day, sightseeing and soaking up attractions in faraway places. Travelers are also more inclined to try new activities while on their travels, such as hiking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. These activities boost physical and mental health.
We hope that these reasons makes you want to travel more in 2020. As you travel, you realize that the world is a much better place than what you can see on TV when watching the news.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the memories you didn't make than by the things you did not buy''