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5 Fantastic Ways Travel Changes You

I travel to see the world from different perspectives. I love watching people. Does that make me weird? A stalker? Even your next door neighbor’s house will be run completely different from your own. Travel has a way of breaking barriers. You can see just how different people are from you. And you can learn things along the way.


Social skills are not the only benefits of travel. Beautiful landscapes and wild animals have a way of putting the mind at ease and helping the body naturally reset. Read on to discover the hidden benefits of hitting the road.

1. Travel Enhances Your Ability to Tackle the Unknown

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.
-Mark Twain

When we think that we know it all we become narrow-minded. Likewise, each of us is prejudice to our own way of life. Travel opens our mind to the possibility of better ways to accomplish things. We can then face the unknown with courage from multiple direct examples of mentors on the road.

2. Travel Improves Your Ability to Connect and Communicate

Visiting a foreign country, especially one where you don’t speak the native tongue, really forces you to go out of your comfort zone. For those who hate talking with people, it’s a great way to conquer this anxiety. By connecting with people who are vastly different you build confidence in your ability to socialize. This transfers to life at home and at work.

3. Travel Physically Improves Your Health

A recent study by the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica found that travel leads to better heart health. This is important because in the U.S. alone heart disease is the number one killer and has been for quite some time, ending 614,348 lives in 2014 alone.

The study revealed that men who do not take a vacation once a year are 30% more likely to die from heart disease than those who do. It only takes one to two days for the vast majority to see a huge reduction in stress. (1)

4. Travel Reduces Stress & Improves Job Performance

Boss getting on your nerves? Hate your day job? Take a vacation. You know you’ve earned it. And even if you didn’t, it may be for the best.

One study examined 87 blue-collar workers before and after a 4-week vacation. Researchers found that not only did travel reduce stress, it also helped drop absenteeism. Companies lose thousands every year because of unmotivated employees. One of the best ways to get a reset is to travel and take a break. (2)

5. Travel Boosts Creativity

When I’m stressed to the max I find it really hard to create. Or think for that matter. It’s like the stress puts you in a dark cave and it’s impossible to find the light.

Insert travel. Columbia Business school professor Adam Galinsky says, “foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms.” (3) In other words, when we travel we open our mind to new ideas and cultures which allows us to make new connections.

Maybe you can’t fly to that dream destination today, but you could take the bus or subway to a different part of town. Every new meaningful contact mad through travel broadens your perspective on life.

It’s time to use travel to reset both mind and body through new experiences.

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Sources
Crane, B. (2015, March 31). For a More Creative Brain, Travel. In Atlantic. Retrieved January 24, 2018, from https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/03/for-a-more-creative-brain-travel/388135/
Erskin, C. (2013, December 17). Travel is the best medicine, study finds. In LA Times. Retrieved January 24, 2018, from http://articles.latimes.com/2013/dec/17/news/la-trb-travel-best-medicine-study-20131217
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