Although Traveling Costs Money… It Pays You Back in a Different Way

Humans have explored less than 5% of the ocean, and the ocean covers more than 70% of the earths surface…so, if you think about it, we know very little about the planet we live on.

There are 195 countries in this world, but many people only travel once a year. They make up excuses such as work, kids, and money and decide not to go. Many view travel as a time to get away from work or school, a time to get tan, a time to forget all the problems you have at home. Although, what many of them don’t know is all of the benefits of traveling.

 

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Health

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” — Unknown

A good health benefit of traveling is just exercising in general. Whether you are exploring NY city, walking along the beach, or hiking up a mountain… The distance you walk on a day to day basis while you are traveling is sure to be greater than normal.

Also, according to the article 4 reasons Travel is Good for You by Passport Health, the largest and leading provider of travel medicine, travel can lower your chances of having diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, depression levels and more.

 

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Travel helps you understand others

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” -Maya Angelou

By traveling to other countries, you see how the people live and see the environment they live in. By seeing the challenges of their lives, you can empathize and have a different understanding of those who live there. You also become aware that you are more similar to other cultures then you would ever think.

 

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It will develop skills you didn’t know you had

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” — David Mitchell

Traveling forces you to step out of your comfort zone and try new and challenging things. Whether its making it to the top of the mountain, canoeing across a strong river, ordering something in a different language, or just helping out those who need it, you will realize you have more skills than you thought and you will take that knowledge with you home as well.

 

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Gaining Independence

“I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” — James Baldwin

Traveling by yourself, isn’t such a bad thing despite what many people believe. Traveling by yourself can help you become more mature and not as dependent on others. You will discover more about your likes, dislikes, and interests. When you travel alone, you depend on yourself to make decisions on what you want to do and where you want to go, making you more self-sufficient.

 


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Tightening Relationships

“A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles.” — Tim Cahill

In complete contradiction to my last point, traveling with others is good for you as well. Traveling with others helps you learn to compromise; between picking the where to travel, where to go sightseeing, when the right time of year is to go… you will learn that its not all about you. Spending up to a week with someone in a foreign place will let you get to know them better and strengthen the bond between you and them. Traveling with others; keeps relationships tight.

 


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Sharpens your brain

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are used to going through the same motions everyday, you do the same routine so often that you don’t even have to think about it anymore. Although, when you travel, you are put in an unfamiliar place and put in different positions that you haven’t encountered in your daily routine. So, you use a different part of your brain, that hasn’t been used for a while and you sharpen that part of your brain.

 


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And lastly, most importantly, you should travel so you appreciate being home

“Nobody comes back from a journey the way they started it.” — Unknown

Being home all the time can make people unhappy, they get tired of the same-old same-old and start to not appreciate what they have. Traveling can make you take a step back from all of your problems and get a new perspective on them. If you are out traveling in nasty hotels, you will appreciate your own bed to sleep in. Also taking time away from your family will make you appreciate having them around… so, essentially traveling will make you happier at home.

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As proven by my blog, Traveling is more than hopping on an airplane… traveling will change you in unimaginable ways and I feel sorry for those who don’t have a chance to explore all that the world has to offer.

 

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