Have there been times in your life where you wanted to sit back, take a pause, and find relaxation? Have you ever wanted to backpack and travel the world for that much-needed break? Many a time, we find ourselves in a cliffhanger and choose the easy way out. But do you ever stop to wonder how great it would be to travel and find your purpose? Just a weekend off, traveling to a place that takes you on a journey of a lifetime, can work wonders on your mind, body, and soul.
For instance, we have all wanted to take a trip to our favorite places in the world, have the local food, explore their lanes, discover their music, and so much more. If you give yourself a chance, it won’t be long enough before you get to do all these things and, in the process, find peace.
These and many others can become your reason to pack up and explore the mighty world. And now it’s justified too! Thanks to the plethora of studies and researches done by psychologists and scientists across the globe – do it for yourself – your mind, body, and soul.
The minute you take off until you reach your destination, the journey itself stirs up emotions and thoughts that one may find bewildering to verbalize.
If one had to put it eloquently, “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain.
Whether it’s taking a sabbatical, a gap year, or making a weekend out of something, it will do you a world of good when you step out, ready to explore Mother Earth and its vast bank of diverse worlds. Disconnect yourself from your daily routine and reconnect with yourself and take away a truckload of memories for years to come. Given that there’s so much out there yet to experience for you.
We might know or have seen how exciting and exhilarating traveling can be, but it is much more than sipping on your favorite drinks on a sun-soaked beach. So, here is a slew of reasons (evidence-backed) how and why traveling makes your mind and heart happy and keeps you healthy.
Traveling helps relieve stress.
The demanding workload and daily chores can drain you physically, mentally, and emotionally. It takes you away from what you find meaningful and captivating, like traveling. Taking a break from the everyday hustle and bustle can help your mind and body relax, recharge, and rejuvenate. The adrenaline and excitement that you get from traveling keep your curiosity alive and kicking.
And what better way to go stress-free than to pack up and cross wanderlust-worthy destinations off your travel bucket list? In the end, traveling promotes contentment and happiness, taking your mind off stressful situations. The lower the cortisol levels, the more calm and composed you feel.
Traveling helps you live in the moment.
As writer Patrick Rothfuss said, “A long stretch of road can teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.” Traveling can expand your mind in a way you never thought possible. The lessons you learn along the way add value and perspective to your life, making you open to trying new things and living in the moment. The different cultures and customs of every place you visit help you become mindful and sometimes give you a fresh start.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac.
Traveling helps value experiences
Traveling teaches you to savor every moment and soak in every experience. You will learn to appreciate simple things after seeing some of the most picturesque sights. There’s at least one sight in the world that can move someone who does not know when or how to let their hair down. So, whether you’re sipping wine from your beautiful hotel’s balcony and admiring the sea, or just having a cup of coffee and enjoying the warmth and smell in the coziness of your room, knowing how to enjoy the moment will make you a much happier person.
Take a pause. Take in every moment you spend in solitude. Come back refreshed!
Traveling makes you mentally resilient & enhances creativity.
If you take yourself out of your comfort zone and travel to a place unknown, it forces you to adapt to a new life and learn. It teaches you patience, flexibility and makes you emotionally and mentally strong. When faced with an unpleasant situation, even back at home, you will find yourself be able to deal with it calmly and come out of it a winner.
Traveling is also said to enhance your cognitive flexibility, consequently boosting your creativity. However, if you keep to yourself during your travels without immersing yourself in the local culture and getting to know its people, you will find yourself returning the same as you were before you left. Going to a new city or country doesn’t cut it; it is the experience that counts. And sometimes, it might improve productivity and problem-solving skills too.
Traveling inspires you.
If we can find inspiration in the books we read or the movies we watch, imagine how inspiring it would be to travel and experience the multitude of cultures and traditions every city or country has to offer. Finding and embracing yourself wholly, celebrating your individuality, and becoming a better version of yourself can make you feel purposeful. Dive into the myriad cultures and soak in the wonder this world is and find a way to live more sustainably and accepting.
Traveling breeds inspiration and inclusivity. It breathes life back into you, leaving you with contentment, confidence, motivation, and the varied hues of life.
Unwind, meet new people, share lives with them, and create a culture that spells beauty and health – of the mind, body, and soul. It will change the way you look at the world, literally.
Let your eyes soak in the charm and splendor every place has to offer. Find comfort in the uncomfortable. Explore this wonderfully hued world in all its glory and depth. Allow the traveling bug to spread like wildfire because all it takes is your will.
Are you wondering where your travels will take you next?
Now that you know the health benefits of traveling, it is time to greet strangers and experience places you have never visited before. Gain that much-needed perspective, which will help you appreciate life in its entirety.
Pack your bags already!
Let’s leave you with an inspiring travel quote that will make you want to get up and chase your travel dreams.
“I urge you; go find buildings and mountains and oceans to swallow you whole. They will save you, in a way nothing else can.” – Christopher Poindexter.