Going about our monotonous daily routine isn’t very inspiring. That’s where travelling comes in! Travelling is a feast for the senses and can spur new ways of thinking, heighten your emotions and contribute to creativity. Immersing yourself in a new country’s culture and meeting different types of people from all walks of life during travel is vital for our brains if we want to stay sane. According to a study from the Academy of Management Journal: “By denying our brains a vacation, we diminish our ability to think creatively and strategically tackle complex problems … Breakthrough thinking commonly occurs when you just let your mind freely imagine and wander - removed from the context of your day-to-day grind.”
Have you ever come back from a holiday and felt like a new you? Well, according to Brad West, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia, travel makes people see themselves in a new light. They’re more likely to break away from their regular routine and engage “in actions and behaviours they wouldn’t normally engage in,” he told News.com.au.
If you’ve travelled solo, you know how beneficial it is to team up with other travellers. It not only makes you feel more at ease in a foreign country, it gives you a sense of community and a chance to form meaningful connections. This in turn makes you more trusting of those around you and of new situations.
Sometimes the country you’re visiting is completely foreign to you and you don’t know the people, the language and culture. As a result, you’re more likely to make an effort to go outside of your comfort zone and take risks. Whether it’s introducing yourself to locals or waking up at 1am to summit a mountain, travelling gives us the confidence regular activities home can’t.
If we don’t travel, we run the risk of being set in our ways and closed minded. Travelling opens you up and encourages you to be more accepting of other people, cultures and situations. The sensory experience travelling offers boosts your brain, keeps it active and makes you more likely to embrace change in the future.
There are a myriad of health benefits associated with travelling. According to research, travelling can increase life expectancy, benefit mental health, lower one’s risk of heart disease, heart attacks, blood pressure and diabetes to name a few.
Not only is travelling beneficial for the heart, it’s absolutely vital for a healthy mind. According to a study, spending money on experiences rather than material goods gives us more long term satisfaction. It’s more likely you’ll remember that holiday to Mexico than those shoes you once owned 10 years ago. In a world where many of us struggle to find happiness, it’s those everlasting memories from travelling that will give you meaning in life and make you the happiest.