Why do we need to travel?
Why is it increasingly important that we, once in a while, change our environment and travel abroad? Why sometimes our emotional health has to travel?
The importance of travel is underestimated by many. Travel is not only fun, entertaining and enjoyable. With our current lifestyle and working conditions, travel has become more than just an option. It’s more than just having fun. As Augustine of Hippo said, “The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page.”â??¨ During the trip you can do things you wouldn’t normally do. When traveling, you go outdoors and away from computers, and TVs and you tend to mix with different people and cultures. People travel for different reasons. Some travel for fun and enjoyment. Others travel as a hobby. Traveling can be an escape from the hustle and bustle of life in big cities. Some travel simply to change and move, as Robert Louis Stevenson said, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.
Many people around the world are discovering the benefits of travel to the extent that the tourism industry is growing all over the world and has become one of the main profitable sectors in the world economy. No wonder if tourism is growing from year to year. According to figures published by the World Travel & Tourism Council WTTC, the world tourism industry grew by 3% in 2012, and contributed $6.6 trillion to world GDP through direct and indirect impacts. In 2012, for the first time in history, foreign tourist arrivals reached 1.035 billion.
Here are the main benefits of traveling:
When you travel miles away from your surroundings, you can free yourself from your responsibilities and then start to relax and rest. You not only rest your body, but also your mind. Knowing that you can wake up at any time without an alarm clock, without needing to be physically available at work, takes a lot of mental stress away. Here, you can feel the freedom. Relieve stress is the main reason to travel. The moment you think you’re headed to Hawaii or Bali, you instantly get a sensation of excitement and stress-free feeling. This mental peace is what makes travel such an excellent stress reliever. Sometimes travel can be stressful if your trip has a lot of sightseeing, or you meet a lot of people. But travel stress is different from home stress because it is positive stress. Travel stress is not related to anxiety or worry.
Travel is a great way to get in touch with nature which is very helpful for your relaxation, mental or physical. Nature is a stimulus to activate your right brain. Right brain dominance is one of the main causes for stress relief. Also, during the trip there was no sense of urgency usually associated with behavior at home. A change of scenery by itself helps to relieve stress.
You move more on the move. More often than not, you either take the subway or explore the streets of historic cities or even visit museums. By swimming or lying on the beach, you get high doses of vitamin D from the sun, something that is very useful for your bones as well as for your positive emotions. Outdoor activities related to travel can lower the risk of diabetes, lead to weight loss and reduce cholesterol levels. Some medical experts recommend traveling every six months for heart and heart health. Some studies show that travel even improves sleep quality.
Sometimes we need to be anonymous. Sometimes we want to be free from any responsibility. Travel allows you to exercise while meeting new people and experiencing a new culture. You will know how different people achieve their goals in different ways. You will learn new ideas that you have never thought of before.
Traveling with friends and sharing the same experiences and situations together will increase your mutual bond. 93% of teens ages 8-18 consider travel to be “quality time” spent with their parents. 3 out of 4 parents say that family vacations really help the family. Meeting new people in new locations can result in long-term relationships for many people.
Many people associate happiness with travel. More than 50% of adults buy souvenirs just to remember their vacation. Most travelers save photos of their destinations as a way to remember the trip about tasting new foods, beautiful sights, historical monuments, and new music. This is one of the reasons why travel can be addictive, especially if you have enough time & money. It has become a hobby for thousands of people around the world.
Remember, you can travel and have fun on a budget. Plan carefully and spend wisely. Read and learn saving tips.