“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do”. For some people traveling is that thing. What makes people spread their wings outside their own country? Is it eagerness for adventure? Is it the monotony in their lives? Are they running away from their problems thinking that when you are away they don’t exist? On the other hand, what makes people stay at home? Are they afraid of leaving their safety zone? Are they afraid of meeting new people or do they just like the place they are? There is no right answer to either question, but it could be argued that you should try something outside your routine by traveling. You could benefit in one of the ways listed below.
One of the first reasons you can benefit from travel is from the fact that leaving home often broadens our perspective of poverty and wealth. The poorest people are sometimes the happiest people in the world. They can teach us what is important in our lives, which many of us have lost track of because we are preoccupied with unimportant things. Living without electricity, water or without the miracles of modern life make the poorest appreciate Mother Nature. Their treasure is in the simplicity of their lives. Sometimes, they have nothing to offer aside from their smiles but they do not complain and when you meet them you will grow to love them. After leaving all material things behind it is possible to enjoy the true meaning of living life as it is only possible to see clearly with the heart. Seeing how much happiness can be found in poorer countries is one way you can open your eyes to this.
Further, being in such an environment helps people enjoy the little things in life such as sleeping beneath the sky, eating only food products which can be found in nature, and drinking mountain spring water, all of which make people start valuing things at home which they previously took for granted. People should try to live a simpler life away from technology, which is easier to do when traveling. They’ll discover that there is a real life out there in the world when away from it.
Another reason why people should travel is that vacations are good for the health. One study showed that social isolation increases the risk of dementia. What we do when we travel is we exercise our brain because we are engaging with the people around us and moving around. As the body needs exercise, the brain needs it too, to keep it young. The brain does not know what its age is; it just wants to be stimulated. Another study shows that loneliness is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Taking a trip opens new environments to us; facing and resolving problems mentally stimulates our brain. Meeting new people on vacation can make us feel less lonely. Travel is wonderful exercise to stay mentally young and in good shape, so do not wait for retirement, take your chance now, go with the flow. Do not be burdened with exotic, far destinations, maybe happiness is just around the corner. Take a trip; you will see the benefits to your health. Your body and brain will feel younger and more energetic and you will feel that everything you have wished for is achievable.
Finally, the best reason to travel is because in these turbulent times travelling connects families. Spending time together is such a rare thing and planning and going on a vacation is a valuable source of connection as spending time together is often considered a gift. Experience is often better than material things. One day, your children will live lives of their own and only memories of time spent together will always be written in your brain. These memories can never be stolen from your heart. Do not get attached to things, they can be stolen at any time. Go on a trip as a family instead of buying your children new things. Smile, cry, run in the rain, take photos– these are the things which you will remember, as new i-phone models keep on coming out. And then by the fireplace you will be leafing through photo albums, remembering the moments together and being grateful you did not buy your kids new shoes instead of spending time together as a family.