Travelling can help someone in many different ways. Most of all, travelling makes you happy. Hereunder I’m going to talk about 7 different reasons how travelling can make you happier! Enjoy, travel and be happy!
1 – Happiness is contagious!
When locals are happy, smiling and friendly, it has an immediate knock-on effect. Life thought me that looking at happy people during their holidays is a wonderful thing and it’s very contagious. When faced with those big beaming smiles, it’s hard to be annoyed at the hassling you might experience at busy sites; putting that knee-jerk irritation to one side instantly lifts your mood and is a good habit to take home.
2 – Makes you appreciate your loved ones more!
Being away from things we often take for granted — family, close friends, home — makes us appreciate them more. Calling home isn’t a chore, but something to look forward to: no one enjoys listening to your envy-inducing travel stories more than your parents, so it’s the perfect excuse to wax lyrical about whatever place with which you’ve just fallen in love.
3 – Enjoy your own company!
Traveling gives us breathing space that is often lost in our usual day-to-day existence. Having a moment to take advantage of peace and quiet and to simply ‘be’ allows us to let go of stress and tension and just enjoy being in the moment — a key focus of meditation and a practice you can take home with you. If you’re traveling with a partner (something which luckily I get to do all the time), it’s a chance to spend time with only each other for company, which is a thought that probably shouldn’t fill you with dread but should fill you with hope!
4 – Learning new skills!
Whether it’s learning a new skill such as cooking wonderful noodles or learning a new language, travel presents ways in which we can further our knowledge and education. Learning makes our brains more active, which psychologists have found increases our level of happiness – particularly when learning something we find enjoyable.
5- Enjoy the Vitamin D
Whilst it’s a bit of myth that you need to be on a sun-lounger for twelve hours to feel the full effects of vitamin D (20 minutes of exposure to sunlight is enough), there’s no doubt that in the same way that the cold and dark of winter makes us unhappy (feeling the effects of seasonal affective disorder or SAD), sunshine and warmth generally put us in a much better mood. A beach break is a great way to relax and enjoy the health benefits of a warm climate. Admittedly, this is more of a short-term boost, but a healthy glow makes everyone feels better and lasts for a few weeks after your trip is over. Also you can practice your sun-lounger selfies while you’re at it!
6- Make strange memories!
You don’t need to be a ‘travel bore’ to have a few interesting stories to tell. Traveling throws up a lot of bizarre, funny and sometimes serious situations that relating back to people will make you — at least — feel interesting. Making someone laugh is an easy way to instantly bump up your self-esteem, so hold on to those embarrassing memories — no matter how much they might make you cringe as they might be excellent conversation starters!
7- Broaden your world and become happier
Aside from making you happier in the short-term, traveling can make you a much more contented, happy and relaxed person in the long run, too. Of course, most travel enthusiasts are constantly planning their next trip, but when we’re at home or past a point of being able to jet off whenever we like, past travels leave us with the memories and personal skills – such as confidence, broad-mindedness, friends and a more worldly perspective — that make people happy. And that’s why travel makes you a happier person.