Travel isn’t just a luxury only afforded to people with too much money and extra time. It’s an activity that everyone should work into their budgets and their lives. Why? Because studies indicate that traveling is a great way to improve your well-being because you “have more opportunities to detach from [your] work environment, to experience new things, and to control what [you] want to do during vacations.” Still not convinced? Let’s take a look at exactly why traveling is so good for you.
Travel is good for your job
Taking a break from work is sometimes the best cure for a lack of productivity. Travel is a great way to open your mind to new experiences and cure that lack of creativity you’ve experience. It can give you a new perspective on life and a new view of the world. Something as simple as going to New Orleans to enjoy cajun seafood in Louisiana, or spending a weekend sailing in the British Virgin Islands can provide you with a refreshed mind, well-deserved rest and new outlook. Taking even a short vacation can help you return to work recharged and ready to produce results.
Travel improves relationships
Working longer hours, varying schedules, and taking on multiple jobs have all become a way of life for so many Americans. There seems to never be enough time for family, friends, and leisure. Going on vacation together and taking that time to detach from your daily obligations and reconnect can be healing for relationships.
Marriages are the main relationships that seem to benefit from travel. Recent research concludes that there are “positive changes in work and domestic satisfaction following a leisure vacation.” There is now quantifiable evidence that vacations and marital satisfaction are positively linked. Even just leaving the city to explore Henry County, Georgia to explore the history and beautiful parks you don’t have during the week can be special. Couples can take in new sights, dine in romantic restaurants, and spend time talking about their future. If they can completely leave work and their mundane routines behind for just a couple of days, they can go back home and to work relaxed and reconnected.
Travel is good for your health
It might be hard to believe, but travel is actually one of the best things you can do for your health. The most obvious reason for this is probably that it can lower your stress levels. The effects, also, can last long after you’ve returned home. In fact, because of the reduced stress levels, travel has been proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks.
Additionally, travel can help you stay fit. Typically when we travel, we spend a little more time on our feet than we do at home. We might do some hiking, shopping, swimming, or sightseeing. And we are having fun while we’re doing it. And lastly, travel can help boost your immune system by exposing you to antibodies and germs that makes your body fight harder.
Travel is the ultimate classroom
Studies show that international travel results in “personal growth, increase in life skills, and knowledge.” While traveling, you are able to immerse yourself in other cultures and learn other languages. Learning to ask where the bathroom is in a foreign language because it is necessary is much more effective than learning it and never using it. And you also get to learn firsthand about other cultures. You get to see what they wear, experience what they do, and taste the foods they eat. While you can get most of these things from books, being there yourself is a unique learning opportunity you will never forget. And there’s no need to take a break from your formal education while you travel abroad. Many courses of study can be achieved through accredited online and continuing education degree programs. Your classroom can be anywhere in the world you need it to be.