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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL?

Benefits of traveling

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Summer is just around the corner and the list of places to travel is endless. Now that many more countries are opening their doors to tourists, it’s the perfect time to change scenery. Even if you don’t plan to travel across the globe, visiting a new city in your own country could be just as beneficial!

HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER 

Getting out of your routine can positively change your mood, and it’s even scientifically proven that traveling can improve your health. Many benefits have been linked to traveling, such as stronger antibodies, reduction of heart diseases and depression, and better sleep. Most evidently, traveling helps you feel less stressed and happier by discovering the new and the unknown. It acts as a sort of escape that allows you to break out of your daily pattern. It’s a fantastic way to disconnect and recharge.

DIFFERENT CULTURES AND NEW LANGUAGES

Traveling also exposes you to other cultures, which are all rich in foods, customs, and languages that are unfamiliar to you. This exposure can lead you to become a more culturally competent and open-minded human being. You’ll begin to feel more comfortable and tolerant when speaking with others, and you may even pick up new words from their language, boosting your brain.

Regardless of where you live, what language you speak, or what culture you come from, it’s very important to be understanding of others because, in the end, we’re all humans. Traveling offers you the door that connects you to the rest of the world.

NEW MEMORIES AND AMAZING STORIES

Do you feel like sometimes you don’t have much to talk to your friends about? Well, traveling will give you incredible stories to bring up during a conversation. These stories can offer a different perspective and information that others are not familiar with, making them an interesting topic to discuss.

Even if you’re not so interested in sharing your stories, traveling lets you create unforgettable memories. For instance, you could be eating something or trying a new activity when all of a sudden memories of that place that you visited come flowing back, and it’s like you’re right back there.

ONE LIFE IS ENOUGH

Mae West once said, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Although we mostly focus on finding the right job, the right partner, and making the right decisions, the world itself is full of opportunities and wonders for us to experience and enjoy, many coming from nature itself. Our social network can grow if we’re open to new friends from other cultures, while we find fulfillment in the memories we create. Traveling is more than just visiting a new place, it’s about connecting to this new environment with all of our senses!

Contributor: Ingrid Moreno