Traveling to new places and exploring unknown cultures have therapeutic powers that can truly make you feel better. According to a research conducted at Cornell University, people experience the same amount of happiness when they make a desired purchase as when they travel. However, the happiness you get from a purchase reduces over time, while the memories of your traveling experience will give you happiness for far longer; in fact well into your old age.
Here are 5 reasons you should not give up on your travel plans and should travel the world (to understand the precautions that you need to take while travelling now click here):
For the love of food
Are you a foodie? If you are a traveler then we say you are a foodie. Because enjoying food in different places across the world is one of the most enjoyable experiences of travel. Food is an integral part of any trip. Cuisines from different cultures are very different from one another and they tell the story of that culture going back well into the past, to times that sometimes even the oldest of landmarks cannot hark back to. And it is only if you travel, that you would be able to try out most of these cuisines in the countries/places of their origin with complete authenticity.
One of the great experiences of traveling is the people that you meet, people from a myriad of backgrounds and with different beliefs. And sometimes it is with these people that you would otherwise have never met that you form long-lasting friendships. It is these people that help you understand the differences between you and them, thus making your life that much richer and fuller. When you get close to a person from a different land and culture and interact with them they will add perspective to your life and will give you great insight into various traditions and cultures – something you cannot experience if you are not a traveler.
Traveling in itself is an adventure. The very fact of going to a strange place with different customs, traditions, food etc means that you are experiencing adventure. And it is this adventure that will add some fantastic stories to your life, stories that you will recall and smile for years after the fact. And the stories will take so many forms, from stories about the taxi driver that you met or that little shop in that little village somewhere or that story of when you decided to walk from the railway station to your rented apartment and found out that distances on the map and the ground are quite different. And what is life – without interesting stories. The more experience you gain, the wiser you shall be – and also more interesting as a person!
Traveling is practically education. You learn a lot from your experiences. Things that you cannot learn by watching TV or even reading a book, is what travel is capable of doing. Right from history and geography to economy and sociology to cultures and tradition, the knowledge you gain will stay with you forever. It is also this knowledge that will help you to truly become a world citizen and accepting of people that are not the same as you.
For your soul
While travel is an activity and a busy activity if truth be told, it is also something that will bring you inner peace like no other activity. Today’s busy and hectic urban life with all its demands has without doubt taken us away from that inner peace that we all are looking for, whether we know it or not. And it is only when you disconnect with your daily hustle bustle and go to some far place that you are able to reconnect with your innermost self and thus your soul. Physically and mentally, traveling will leave you rejuvenated and refreshed. It will help you get rid of all the stress and tension, it will help you connect with yourself making you feel like a new person.
If you are among those who have wondered whether to travel or not, wonder no longer. It is an experience like no other and once you get it you will want it again and again. It is time to start planning your trip. The pandemic is fading away gradually, places have opened up and safe travel is very much possible. So, let the planning start! For more information about places to travel to, visit www.feelitlive.com.