Top 5 Benefits Of Travelling: Be Happier And More Open-minded
Whether it's a vacation, a business trip, or a family reunion—we're all grateful for the chance to travel. Here's why we love it, and why you doubtless do too!
1/5 You get to try new food
Honestly, it really is as simple as that: a new dish, an intriguing new street food, or a hole-in-the-wall speakeasy with dim lighting and amazing cocktails. While it's fairly easy to take our senses for granted, the ability to taste and try new food is one of the best things about life and about travelling—plus, you don't have to travel far to try new food outside your comfort zone.
Though international cuisine gets the best fantastic rep for exciting degustation, local cities and eateries are home to some of the best hidden gems we can think of. Next time you're outside your city, abroad, or simply on a different island, take a leap of faith and by trying something new, something weird, or something completely unpronounceable. You might just thank us later.
2/5 Travelling lessens prejudice
Mark Twain once said: "Travel is fatal to prejudice." While this sounds like any other run-of-the-mill inspiring quote, it turns out, there's a sense of truth behind it. A study done by researchers at Columbia University and INSEAD found that those who travelled more were generally more trusting of people. Participants who visited unfamiliar places were also more likely to be trusting than those who visited places similar to their homeland.
Exposure to different cultures allows us to appreciate these differences while also seeing how similar people truly are. If this isn't an inspiring reason to pack up your bags and head somewhere else, then we don't know what is.
3/5 Travelling promotes happiness
Travelling can be incredibly hectic, but unsurprisingly, it also boosts happiness. According to a Forbes article, travelling helps us take our minds off the mundane yet stressful situations we often encounter at home. This lowers our cortisol levels, which also makes us feel more content and less stressed. A 2013 study seemed to support this hypothesis, with 80% of United States responders saying they felt less stressed after a day or two of travelling!
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4/5 You get to make new friends
The Internet is awash with stories of summer flings and travel romance, yet meeting people while travelling is often so much more than that. You get to speak to people who have different ideas than yourself, who might even have witnessed a monumental international event. These perspectives are not only fascinating but incredibly important too, as stories from marginalised or developing countries are often left out of the mainstream. Simply having a conversation with people who are so different from ourselves is a fantastic (yet fun) learning experience.
5/5 It makes you more resilient, and forces you into problem-solving
Travelling comes with its fair share of bumps and rough patches. After all, it doesn't necessarily mean a fun vacation. Yet, when faced with problems abroad or in an unfamiliar locale, we often find ourselves becoming more resourceful than ever. Adapting to a new environment forces us to solve problems creatively and makes us more resilient towards what we can face. Emotionally, it makes us stronger and more patient, especially as we realise that no matter how glamorous or exciting the locale, life will throw us a curveball sometimes—we just have to learn to deal with it.
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