One of the activities we enjoy the most in the present times. Perhaps there are a lot of people who might disagree and believe that traveling is an unnecessary expense and that it would be better to save our money and use it to purchase material goods, such as a car or new clothes. However, you need to know that by traveling we are giving ourselves the possibility of seeing and discovering new places, experiencing, getting in touch with new cultures, and that will make us happier persons.
According to scientific research, traveling provides happiness. Many times, we get confused with the immediate pleasure of purchasing a material good, which in a matter of hours or days, will disappear. In the end, the only thing that will remain in our memory forever and make our life more joyful is acquiring new experiences.
Don’t you believe that? Here we give you five reasons why:
Forget about your routine
Traveling takes you away from your daily routine, your job, your chores, and errands, relaxes your brain and makes you feel new emotions, different from what you are used to. You can always do different things to break the routine, such as hanging out with friends, taking a route to work different than the one you usually take, but at the end, nothing gives you as much happiness as traveling
Renew your emotions
The expectation of discovering new places, tasting different flavors, getting to know new cultures, making new friends… traveling is an adventure, it doesn’t matter if you take a short trip, near to your hometown, or travel to a different country. Traveling provides us unforgettable memories, and every time we remember or speak about our trips, we feel excited and get transported to those moments.
When we travel, we sometimes face unexpected situations or obstacles that take us away from our comfort zone. That enables us to gain experience by dealing with new problems. When we return home, we do it with increased self-confidence, feeling stronger and knowing that we can easily solve any problem we may face. Additionally, as foreigners many times we have to get adapted to new climate conditions, cultures, ways of thinking, and at the end, that also makes us more tolerant and resilient to changes.
Value what you have
When we travel, no matter what is our destination, we discover amazing things that make us gain consciousness of the fact that for some people, happiness is not at all based on material possessions. It is not until we leave our home and our comfort zone that we become more aware of reality; we come to a place where we feel grateful for what we have and value it from a new perspective. When we are away from our commodities, we realize how lucky we are for having all we have.
Create new anecdotes
After an amazing journey, we love to share our travel stories through anecdotes, videos, and pictures of the places we have visited, and that makes us feel much better than showing our friends our car, clothes or new furniture. There is a saying that states “If something good happens to you, travel to celebrate, if something bad happens to you, travel to forget. If nothing happens to you, travel to get something happening to you.”
It is scientifically proven that in the long term, traveling will make you happier than all that designer clothing or the luxury car you wanted to purchase. The next time you think or hear that you are wasting your money on vacations, you can reply that you are not wasting your money, but investing in your happiness.