The Benefits of Travel

If there was one piece of advice given to someone in order to experience true inner joy in life, it is that YOU need to TRAVEL more.

There are plenty of things you can gain from exploring different places. I don’t mean not going on a vacation or on any pre-planned trips, I mean taking a journey out to somewhere you’ve never gone before with an open schedule. Let life show you what opportunities are waiting for you, that you couldn’t have ever imagined before. When you discover new places, you have a broader knowledge of other lifestyles and cultures.

Studies show that traveling is the best medicine for life. Therefore, you need to take time out of your daily tasks, office responsibilities, hectic schedule, and everyday pressures at least twice a year.

I hope to inspire and motivate you to travel more by sharing these 7 benefits of traveling!

Social and Communication Skills

One of the main benefits of traveling, especially to unfamiliar places, is that you learn how to communicate better with other people. Brushing up your familiarity with the commonly used phrases or questions that tourists ask, can help you reach out and relate more effectively with the locals.

Life is a Wonderful Gift

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” Helen Keller.

It really is a wonderful gift. As you travel and experience more of the world, as well as life, you often become overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation for all the beautiful moments that you have enjoyed, and people whom you have shared them with. Rather than waiting until you’re saying “I wish I had”; live so you can say “I’m glad I did”.

Boost of Confidence

When you are in a place that you do not know anyone, you will develop the ability to cope with obstacles, which will make you a more confident person.

Memories of Life

“Travel is a fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” Mark Twain

If you travel with friends and family members, they help you build stronger bonds and make memories. This can be reinforced by creating photo albums, or saving the photos on a google drive folder that is shared with everyone.

A New Purpose

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” Danny Kaye

Traveling is an amazing investment in yourself. As you travel you are exposed to unfamiliar people, cultures, and lifestyles in comparison to when you are living in your city or homeland all the time. With all the newness in your life, you are also opened to fresh insights, ways of seeing the world and living, which often gives people a purpose for their lives. If you’re feeling stuck on what your drive is, what you want to do with your life, the career path you want to pursue, go travel—you might just be surprised about what you discover.

Original and Creative Thoughts

It is believed that if someone ventures out of their comfort zone, their mind gets more creative. It develops lively neural connections, which trigger original and creative thoughts. You must explore and break out of your normal routine.

Appreciation of Home

“All travel has it’s advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

When you spend time away from home, especially in a place where you don’t have the same comforts readily available to you—like a village in Mozambique that runs without electricity—you naturally become more aware and appreciative for the luxuries that you have back at home. In other parts of the world, for example, India and Ethiopia, people don’t have as much access to clean drinking water, especially straight from the tap. Traveling through areas like that make you really value what you do have, and often can spark the movement to support people living there to be able to experience a greater quality of life.