Why should we travel? Why it is becoming increasingly important that we occasionally change our environment and travel outside our country? Why is it sometimes a necessity for our emotional health to travel?
The importance of travel is underestimated by many people. Traveling is not only fun, entertaining and enjoyable. With our current lifestyle and working conditions, travel has become more than an option. It’s more than just having fun. As Augustine of Hippo said: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”â€¨ Traveling allows you to do things that you normally do not do. When you travel, you get out and away from computers and TVs and you are likely to mix with different people and cultures. People travel for different reasons. Some travel for fun and to have fun. Others travel as a hobby. Traveling can be an escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Some travel just to change and move, as Robert Louis Stevenson said, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel to travel”. Some people like to learn from different cultures, as Mark Twain said, “Travel kills prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Traveling gives the person the opportunity to discover, explore and feel the sense of adventure.
Many people around the world are discovering the benefits of travel to the extent that the tourism industry is growing globally and has become one of the major profitable sectors in the global economy. No wonder travel is growing year after 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 global GDP through direct and indirect impact. In 2012, for the first time in history, 1.035 billion international tourists reached.
These are the main benefits of traveling:
1 stress relief: As you travel miles from your surroundings, you are able to be free from your responsibilities and then start relaxing and resting. You not only rest your body, but also your mind. Knowing that you can wake up at any time without an alarm clock, without having to be physically available at work, will take away a lot of mental stress. Here you can taste the freedom. Stress relief is a major reason to travel. The moment you think you are heading to Hawaii or Bali, you immediately get a sense of excitement and stress-free feelings. It is this mental peace that makes traveling a very good stress relief. Sometimes traveling can be stressful if you visit a lot of sights or meet a lot of people during your trip. But travel stress is different from home stress because it is positive stress. Travel stress is not accompanied by fear or worry.
Traveling is a great way to connect with nature, which is very helpful for your relaxation, mentally or physically. Nature is a stimulus to activate your right hemisphere. Predominance of the right hemisphere is an important cause of stress reduction. Also, while traveling, there is no sense of urgency, which is usually associated with behavior at home. Change of scenery is helpful in itself to relieve stress.
2-Physical Benefits: You move more when you travel. You walk more often, whether you’re riding the subway or exploring the streets of a historic city or even visiting a museum. By swimming or lying on the beach, you get a high dose of vitamin D from the sun, something that is very good for your bones and also for your positive emotions. Outdoor activities related to travel can lower the risk of diabetes, lead to weight loss and lower cholesterol levels. Some medical experts recommend traveling once every six months for cardiovascular health and for the heart. Some studies show that traveling actually improves sleep.
3-Cultural Benefits: Sometimes we need to be anonymous. Sometimes we want to be free from any responsibility. Traveling allows you to play sports as well as meet new people and experience new cultures. You will know how different people achieve their goals in different ways. You will learn new ideas that you have never thought of before.
Benefits of 4 Relationships: Traveling with a travel companion and sharing the same experiences and situations together will strengthen your mutual bond. 93% of young people between the ages of 8 and 18 consider traveling as “quality time” spent with their parents. 3 out of 4 parents say that family holidays are very helpful for the family. Meeting new individuals in new locations can result in a long-lasting relationship for many.
5-Happiness: Many people associate happiness with travel. More than 50% of adults buy souvenirs to remember their vacation. Most travelers save photos of their destinations as a way to remember those trips that are about tasting new food, beautiful sights, historic landmarks, and new music. This is one reason why traveling can be addictive, especially if you have enough time and money. It has become a hobby for thousands of people around the world.
Remember that you can travel and have fun on a budget. Plan carefully and spend wisely. Read and learn savings tips.