During the global pandemic, we are living in a very different world. We haven’t been able to travel as much as we used to. Throughout history, people have always traveled, but suddenly it all came to a halt. The new limitations in our lives have affected us in many ways. We might find our thoughts wandering on places we dreamt of traveling to. Or maybe we start reliving all those good memories of times when we were traveling to our dream destinations. Quickly we might start feeling a bit devastated because nobody really knows when we can travel again. It makes us think, why are we so passionate about traveling in the first place and why we feel so stuck without it. Why are we so impatient to pack our bags and book that next adventure again? There are seven benefits of how traveling changes our life for the better.
People travel for work and other compelling reasons, like medical treatments or to see their families. Leisure traveling is still a big part of the travel industry. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy holidays and trips abroad? The reasons why traveling and holidays are so important to us are diverse. Many different factors make traveling such a fun experience, but those factors vary depending on our individual preferences. What is a great adventure for one person might be boring for another. That’s why traveling is, in a way, a very personal event.
1. Expanding perspective
This might not be a conscious choice, but expanding your perspectives is an important reason why we get so thrilled about traveling. The human mind always seeks new things for us to think and experience. An inbuilt system in our brain makes it only natural for us to want to go out in the world and increase our knowledge. Traveling to new places expands our perspective significantly. We get to see things we have never seen before, meet new people, taste exotic food, and explore cultures. We get to hear languages we have never heard of. But why is all of that important? Because it helps us to see our home environment in a new way.
We learn to appreciate things that we used to overlook. A new perspective can also inspire us to start a change in our life. Traveling makes us see the world from a different point of view. We start recognizing the similarities in people all around the world. It creates a feeling of unity in us. When we have more understanding of humanity, also our insights get deeper.
As discovering new experiences, human nature is also keen on discovering new skills. Traveling is the best way to explore new cultures and lifestyles. Interacting with native speakers is an effective way of learning a new language. Understanding the native culture helps us to comprehend the language better. If we want to learn different cuisines, traveling is a great way to do that. We might live in a region where it is difficult to find anyone to teach us some new skills. So it is important to travel to a place where those skills are known better and finding a teacher is easier.
If we seek to change our lifestyle, it can be done easier somewhere else than home. Who knows, we might discover something unique we want to acquire. There are many things of which we are unaware. They might stay undiscovered if we never traveled. Finding something new to learn is one of the reasons why traveling feels particularly essential to us. It grants us the chance to develop old methods and update existing skills. The opportunities to learn are limitless!
3. Self-search and growth
Even more important than learning new skills is what we can learn about ourselves. This is not something we actively think about when we plan our trips, but it is a fundamental reason why traveling has such a strong influence on us. We are investing in ourselves. Traveling is not only a physical event but benefits our personal growth. It pushes us forward on our inner journey. Challenging ourselves. It helps us to understand who we are.
No matter if we traveled alone or with someone, there will be challenging situations. In those moments, we have an opportunity to find our hidden talents and skills we never knew we had. Exploring new places and cultures makes us realize how little we actually know. It might encourage us to discover new ideas and drive us to become more innovative. Traveling makes us think about what is really important to us and what is not. We might even discover our purpose in life! Of all the reasons why traveling is important, that might be one of the greatest ones.
The main reason why most people think we need to travel is probably to relax and rest. The modern lifestyle is very hectic, and people get easily stuck in routines. All the days with busy schedules start to feel similar. Life becomes a constant struggle to accomplish all the tasks listed in our calendars. Something is required from us all the time. We feel unable to relax even at home anymore. Traveling helps us to unwind, and that’s why no other reasons are needed. Sometimes we have to escape routines to take time for ourselves.
Going somewhere where no-one knows us has a rejuvenating power. When nobody wants anything from us, we have time to concentrate on ourselves. Having fresh air to breathe helps us to clear our thoughts. For some people, it means going to a beach. Others may need more exciting adventures to distance themselves from their routines. In any case, the key is to forget your problems and responsibilities for a moment. Many times also our bodies need time off from all stress and hurry. Nothing heals us better than a good old holiday!
5. Improving quality of life
There are multiple reasons how traveling improves the quality of our life. Getting away from daily routines and tasks always feels like a luxury. When we are tired and stressed out, the feeling of not needing to do any housework is simply amazing. Trying new restaurants on our travels is an excellent way to enjoy not only the food but the luxury of someone else cooking and doing the dishes for us. Without the need for cooking and cleaning, we can feel more liberated.
Even if we traveled moderately, traveling itself always has a sense of extravagance in it. Visiting places with better weather conditions improves the quality of the experience significantly. Beautiful scenery and breathtaking sites are such enjoyments that motivate people to travel. We form lifelong memories, and those travel stories keep improving our life quality for the rest of our life. Indulging in traveling makes us happier and lifts our mood. Happiness is good for our health. All in all, traveling benefits our overall health because it helps reduce stress and encourages us to take more walks while sightseeing. NBC listed 5 scientifically proven health benefits of traveling abroad.
Traveling is a great way to incorporate more adventures into our lives. People don’t experience a lot of exciting things during their average days. Curiosity and excitement are good reasons why traveling is so important to us. We might have seen interesting places on TV or heard of them from our friends. There are places in the world that we need to see ourselves and not only read about them. Although, we can never be sure what we are going to find. It makes traveling such an exciting experience.
Wanderlust means a strong desire to travel. It is related to our need for adventure. Back in history, people were living in nomadic communities. They were constantly moving and searching for new sources of food and livelihood. The urge to wander and change our environment has not disappeared anywhere. It is still there deep in us. In modern days we don’t need to travel to find food. On the contrary, food is more often traveling to us. Our fundamental need for searching and finding food has become vague, so now we desire adventures instead.
Quality time with family or friends is something we never have enough of. On top of the other reasons listed above, people enjoy traveling with their loved ones. Sharing the adventures with people we love makes traveling an even more fulfilling experience. It is a great moment to focus on our family and relationships when we have cleared our schedule from other responsibilities. We can dive into conversations and also have time to listen to each other.
Solo traveling has its own benefits. But traveling with family and friends enables us to create unforgettable memories together. Those memories make our relationships stronger and bring us closer to each other. Traveling together helps family members and friends to learn about each other. Experiencing challenges and exciting moments with someone grows our understanding of them. We don’t really know people before we travel together. Families and couples often travel to celebrate life events. Birthdays trips, honeymoon, and babymoon are good occasions for traveling together.
These seven benefits of traveling are the primary reasons that make us feel passionate about it. Traveling has a lot to do with our feelings. Traveling is not only a fun event in our lives, but it has multiple other emotional impacts, too. While the covid-19 pandemic forces us to stay home and restrain from traveling, we start to observe those emotional impacts. We can feel the lack of positive influences that traveling has on us.
Read also my blog post on how to tackle the travel deficit!