Travelling is definitely something that is great for our morale. Taking a vacation puts a big smile on our faces and keeps it there before, during and long after the trip is over. Also, we receive many memories and benefits from travelling. The following are 10 reasons why travelling makes us very happy.
1. Science says that the secret to happiness is travel
That is at least the assumption we are making after we discovered the results of a study conducted in 2017 by Cornell University. Research has shown that spending on experiences instead of physical items, makes us happier. Why is that? We “adapt” to items meaning that the happiness we feel after making a purchase will fade over time after getting used to it. On the other hand, experiences continue bringing us joy and happiness each time we think of them.
2. Self-confidence is increased by travel
Booking.com conducted a study that showed that 65% of the surveyed travellers discovered that their first trips abroad increased their confidence. Blogger and psychologist Amandine Legrand thinks that the reason why travel boosts self-confidence is that it provides numerous opportunities to excel at your own pace and without external pressures.
3. Travel provides the opportunity to get to know ourselves much better
Travelling, and solo especially, gives us the chance to broaden our horizons and discover what our limits are. Visiting or experiencing a Kinabatangan river tour for example gives us the opportunity to make connections with our inner selves and the things that we truly want, without our entourage influencing us. It allows us to explore the world and explore ourselves at the same time. What we are attempting to say is that our inner journeys are as important as our physical ones.
4. It is easier for Globetrotters to adapt
For many employers, having the ability to adapt to various situations is an important requirement. The experiences we obtain while travelling also can be useful in our work. Generally, travellers are considered to be brave and resourceful.
5. Travel provides us with a feeling of open-mindedness
We quickly learn out on the road that cultural references help to form our view of the world. Placing ourselves in another person’s shoes can help us better understand them and broaden our fields of vision. When we engage with people with different ideas, values, and mindsets can initially be unsettling. However, over time, it can ultimately make us more open and stronger.
6. Travel gives us some distances
At times, getting away at times provides us with some much-needed distance to view a problem in a brand new light. That doesn’t mean running away from problems but instead gives us a break so we can solve a problem. When confronted with different realities, it is also a chance to learn how to put things into perspective and re-evaluate our priorities.
7. Travelling helps to keep us feeling young
Travelling is good for our health! That was revealed by a study conducted by the Global Commission on Ageing and Transamerica Centre Retirement Studies along with the U.S. Travel Association. The results showed that women who go on vacation every six years or less are more likely to develop heart disease or suffer a heart attack, in contrast to people who vacation twice a year or more.
8. Travel gives us a more zen feeling
A study conducted by the Global Commission on Ageing and the Transamerica Centre for Retirement Studies along with the U.S. Travel Association showed that 89% of travellers, after one to two days see a significant reduction in their levels of stress. The challenge is to hold onto this mindset after returning home.