I bet you did not know that it has been scientifically proven that travel is good for you and that there are many benefits of travel.

Traveling the world or your own country is not just fun and exciting; there’s ample research to suggest it is highly beneficial for your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Let us dive in and look at some of the benefits of travel that researchers have explored and verified scientifically.

The Benefits-of-Travel

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  1. Improves Your Health

 Maybe the most obvious, or maybe the least obvious. One of the most important benefits of travel is your health. Specifically stress reduction.

According to a study by The National Library of Medicine: Three days after vacation, physical complaints, the quality of sleep and mood had improved as compared to before vacation.

Some will say that travel is more stressful than relaxing. I agree it can be when things go wrong, But, it does not need to be. If booking a trip is stressful for you let a professional do it for you. Use a travel agent or go on an organized trip with a group vs. a self-planned one.

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  1. Allows You To Relax and Decompress

Perhaps one of the most understood benefits of travel is relaxation!

In today’s fast-paced world, we all struggle to slow down. Taking a vacation is a great way for you to put everything on hold and relax.

Disengaging from the day to day of life allows you to clear your mind, rebalance, and refocus.

  1. Advances Social Skills

Have you ever been in that awkward situation where you do not have anything to say?

I think we all have at some point in our life. With a couple of trips under your belt, you will have much better social skills. A key benefit of travel that people often discounted.

Travel forces you to be social. People naturally ask where you are from, how did you end up in your chosen location, and so on.

It is not uncommon to be invited to local events. Attending will give you the chance to mingle with people that you otherwise would not have the chance to.

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  1. Improves Communication Skills

I cannot tell you how many times we have been in a situation where none of us could speak the local language and no one in the host country spoke English. A common scenario in some countries. And, a common reason people don’t venture overseas.

This has never been an issue for us. Believe it or not, you can muddle by with basic sign language or communicate in pictures.

I have described entire requests like I need to do laundry, or I would like to buy local art all by simply drawing the picture.

It is a lot easier today, we all have Google Translate which is great. But you will not always have wi-fi. If you get out and about enough you will figure out how to communicate without language.

Do not be afraid of not speaking the local language. Try to communicate as best you can. If you can pick up a word or two, you will be ahead of most others, score – another benefit of travel!

  1. Makes You Appreciate What You Have

Traveling helps us appreciate our lifestyle and it is humbling.

You really do not know just how fortunate you are until you get to see life in other parts of the world.

Simple things like running water and electricity suddenly have new meaning to you.

You may think to yourself, I don’t need to travel to appreciate what you have. And, you may be correct. However, chances are this benefit of travel will make you appreciate them even more.

  1. Strengthens Your Immune System

Yes, this is comical given I am writing this article in June of 2020.  The year of COVID. But seriously, travel does build your immune system.

While you will never escape the potential “Delhi Belly” incidents completely you will build up a tolerance for them.

And, in some cases, if you are unlucky and get exposed to something more serious, you will be immune the next time.

  1. Broadens Your Horizons

Connecting with different people from different cultures gives you the opportunity to see issues and daily life from a different angle.

Experiencing life at the moment rather than through television or someone else’s narrative is eye-opening.

You will develop a new curiosity that you did not know existed. And, you will become more open to the world outside of the US.

  1. Develops Your Tolerance

If you would have told me twenty years ago that I would understand how or why some cultures engage in point-blank bribery I would have said you are bonkers.

I am not condoning it. I am simply saying that in some cultures it is a necessity.

It was explained to me by a dear friend: Right or wrong if you do not take the money someone else will.

And, in some counties, if you do not engage you are not going to get far.

  1. Stretches Your Pallet and Taste

Food is like the universal language of love. Let’s face it – we all must eat.

Every region of every country has its own local cuisine. All locals want to showcase their dishes and traditions.

Eating around the world gives you a totally different appreciation for food.

Do not get me wrong here, I am not talking about eating bush meat or domestic animals. That is not for me and I am completely against how some counties cultivate their food. This aside, let us talk vegetables here to avoid any debate over the food source.

No two cultures are the same, no two cuisines are the same. Everything from available vegetables to seasoning varies and exotic choices await!

For example, sampling a vegetarian curry in Thailand is radically different than sampling a vegetarian curry in India or England for that. In fact, northern and southern Indian curries are very different.

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  1. Makes You Adaptable

You have all heard the expression “When in Rome” and we all know the meaning.

The reality can be a jolt of lightning to your social core or it can be the true test of your endurance and adaptability.

I am a firm believer that things will go wrong and I expect it. I also do not panic or freak out when things go wrong. Neither do the people that travel with me. I am known for keeping the calm in that I encourage all to chill while we figure it out.

Have I ever been in a situation that was not safe? Of course – many times. I am talking about experiences like this:

You are in India. It is rainy season and the sewer systems have backed up onto the main street. The choices are walk through the water and proceed on to a good time or stay hotel bound. Which in my case would have been for weeks. I chose to go out and deal with whatever came my way. I survived.

Or

You are in Cuba and the water cuts out and there is no water for two days. Do you stay in? No. Not at all. Simply get some bottled water and take a shower as you would normally and continue.

My point here is you can adapt to almost any situation. And, if you do with a light heart you will survive with no scars. In fact, you will be quite elated by your ability to overcome obstacles.

I bet you never considered adaptability to be a benefit of travel!

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  1. Boosts Your Confidence

After you have conquered a couple of trips, be it domestic or international you will get savvier. As with anything the more experience you get the more confidence you will acquire.

But the confidence translates far beyond the travel and into your day to day existence.

Being in a place where you do not know anyone helps you to gain confidence. And once you have it, you have it.

  1. Provides Real-life Education

I have said all my life that travel is the best education that money can buy. And, unless you are planning to be a doctor or some other specialized professional, pack your bags and go.

It sounds so cliché when an experienced traveler says this, but it is the truth.

You will learn about everything from:

  • Languages, language barriers and how to overcome them
  • Culture and what this means outside of the US
  • Politics outside of the US which is dramatically different
  • What non-democracy is and feels like
  • How different levels of poverty and wealth shape people’s lives
  • How different religions dominate regions

I could go on and on, but you get the gist.

Meeting different people from vast cultures and societies provides an education that is impossible to get from a textbook or course. There is no substitute for the real thing.

Even simple things like how news is presented in different countries will give you a wake-up call. Some counties oppress all news other than the government’s version. Aka, there is only one “truth”.  Some countries’ news outlets are so unbiased and neutral that it makes question what we consume here in the US (left or right).

If I had to give you one reason to travel or my favorite benefit of travel it is for the educational aspect of it.

  1. Traveling Makes You Smarter

Hand in hand with the education, the more you travel the smarter you become. I have learned so much from different places it would be hard to even start that list. A recent and prevalent experience for me was in Bogota Colombia.

I was fortunate enough to visit over Easter a deeply religious time for Catholics. I got to learn in-depth aspects of the Catholic Religion and the significance it has on the local culture and beliefs. You may read this and say blah, you can get that here in the States.

Well, yes and no. I can assure you that the Colombian adherence to religion and traditions is observed by almost all. And, rituals are not a la carte like they are here in the US.

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  1. You Become More Interesting

Think about it, you will always have a story, always have a tale to tell and if you get adventurous, you will have some narratives worthy of holding court.

A word of caution here. No one likes a showoff. And, almost everyone I know loathes the competitive conversationalist that launches into “have you been here”, “have you done this and that”. You have all met this character and it is annoying.

Be humble and share naturally as conversations evolve.

  1. Travel Makes You Love Your Home Even More

Traveling is fantastic, it is amazing. The only thing that competes is that first night back at home in your own bed.

I am a bed fanatic. I spare no expense on a good night’s sleep. You spend at least a third of your life in bed so a bed should be a good one.

Outside of getting in your own bed. It is always great to see your family, friends, and pets.

  1. Encourages You to Collect Experiences – Not Things

We cannot take all the material possessions we have collected with us wherever it is we go after this life.

Technically speaking, you cannot take the experience. I mean, you cannot package it up in a bottle.

What is for sure is rich or poor, good or bad health your experiences are yours and yours alone.

Most importantly, you get to keep them forever and onto the next place even if only in spirit.

  1. Let us You Create Memories

Brian and I often travel with friends and in a group. Over the years it has become a new norm for us.

I also travel with my family, my girlfriends, and my nephew. And, I am not opposed to solo travel and often travel for work alone.

If you travel with friends and family, you build lifetime bonds through your experiences.

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  1. Ensures You Have Fun

Who does not want to have some fun? After all, this is probably why most people travel. Or, perhaps this is what most people would say is the main benefit of travel.

The options for fun run as far as your imagination will take you.

  1. Encourages Love

I do not just mean the love of your family and friends. What I am talking about here is you will grow to love the people you meet on your journey. You will love many of the locations you visit.

Heck, you will love your new life more.

  1. Gives You Something to Look Forward To

To this day I still get excited about an upcoming trip. The anticipation always creates an electric excitement for me.

For me, it does not matter if we are going to the beach for a weekend or a long multi-country trip. I still get excited and count down the days.

Knowing there are trips planned gives me something to look forward to.

We all need something to look forward to.

Closing Thoughts About the Benefits of Travel:

Traveling is one of the most liberating gifts you can give yourself or someone else. Travel will enhance your personal growth, it will enable you to come out of your comfort zone and it will give you a sense of independence to chase more of your dreams.

When was the last time you traveled? Where did you go and what did you experience? Where are you planning to go next?

What other benefits of travel have you experienced?

Just remember, you only get one life – now is the time!

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