It’s a stress reliever!!
Whenever I’ve been working my booty off and then get on an airplane for a trip, I take a deep breath and sink into the seat, staring at the tiny world below me with a huge smile on my face because I don’t have to worry about it anymore (well, at least for the duration of my trip) anyone else?! Traveling takes you out of your every day routine and puts you in new environments and situations, helping your mind and body reset. For a small period of time you can escape to another land, put home and work behind you and be present in a new location. That ALONE boosts your mental health.
It gets you more active!
Generally speaking, your body is moving more when you’re traveling than you are sitting at your office desk from 9 to 5. Think about it: your out exploring, hiking, on a tour, shoot, just going to Disneyland for the day you can rack up 20,000-30,000 steps! Try including something on your trip where you can intentionally be active!
So far we’ve got travel going for the body and soul so I’d say we’re doing pretty good.
It opens your mind!
I think I’ve learned more traveling the world than I have in any classroom. I can’t explain it, but being in another part of the world immediately expands your horizons and opens your eyes to different cultures, peoples and ways of life. My wisdom is more well rounded because I’ve met people in other countries and learned to respect their differences and love them just the same. We may be from different parts of the world, but at the end of the day, we’re all human.
It challenges you!
Especially if you travel alone. But even if you’re traveling with a friend, there are always challenges! Figuring out where to stay, what to eat, how to read the bus schedule because you missed the last pickup. Very few trips end without bumps and hiccups along the way, which makes for an even more exciting time because you get to figure it out. Like when you order the wrong airline ticket that doesn’t come with a checked bag and you have two suitcases to get back to America. I believe when you do hard things you become a better person for it. You’re stronger, more resilient, determined, confident the list goes on and on.