Our lives can get so mundane most of the time. Household chores, piled-up office work, or bills can take their toll on our mental and physical health.
There are a lot of things we can do to de-stress. Go for a run, listen to music, eat, hang out with friends, or simply talking to someone gravely helps. However, another fun thing that always gets our blood flowing throughout is travelling.
Right from the planning stage until the end of your trip, you can’t help but feel ecstatic and lighthearted. Not only does travel make you break a sweat – think about all that running around, catching your flights, making it to the train stations, or walking around trying to find those tourists spots – it also keeps your mental health stable.
So if you’re thinking about missing that leave-of-absence opportunity so you can work on business proposals and submit deliverables, think again. Here are seven good reasons why travel is beneficial for your mental health and why you should travel more often.
1. It’s the ultimate stress reliever.
Maybe a small number of people find travelling nerve-wracking. All those plans and being in a foreign country might not be enjoyable to some. However, most people find a satisfying rush in unknown circumstances. Also, because traveling can give you a good workout, you also release endorphins. These are the hormones responsible for making us feel happy. Overall, traveling can make you forget about the stressors in your life – even for just a few days.
2. It makes you more self-confident.
I have a knack for being able to tell what people are like in their home countries. I’ve met people along my travels that always affirm all my instincts or perceptions about them. And over the years of traveling, I’ve learned that even the timidest of people can put their vulnerability out there and just have fun along the process. I’ve seen and talked to introverts opening up about personal stuff even though I’ve only met them for a few days. In short, traveling can make us feel more confident about our self and our capacity. Navigating through a foreign country with a language we can’t speak can already give us a sense of achievement.
3. It promotes open-mindedness.
We live in a world where the majority of society dictates what’s normal or not. More often than not, this is a very destructive system for people. Some characteristics are marginalized to the point of humiliation. And this is not good, especially for someone who is not exposed to a melting pot of things. Travelling in a different country, meeting different people, and knowing about the unusual ways in their culture can open our minds and make us see things in different perspectives.
4. It gives your life more depth.
Some people don’t have the luxury to travel, just like how some people can’t eat three full meals a day compared to others. Travelling will encourage you to immerse with other cultures. And we all know how other countries aren’t very fortunate compared to others. By being able to see what people from different countries are content with, little things like water or a pair of slippers, we will start to learn to love and appreciate the little things as well.
5. You’ll appreciate yourself more.
People sometimes suffer from low self-esteem. Even with thorough counselling or comforting, some people will never realize how important they are to others or how their strengths are extremely valuable. When you travel solo, you get to decide everything and get to know yourself a little better through the choices you make. You will begin to accept your weaknesses or appreciate your strengths in every challenging situation. This will make you appreciate yourself even more.
6. It enhances communication skills.
Asking for directions or talking to the locals are just a few of the ways you can improve your communication skills. If you’re travelling solo, you can meet other groups of travellers along the way and learn how to approach and communicate people from all walks of life. If you have difficulty talking or opening up to people, travel could be good for you.
7. It puts you in a happy mental state.
Whether you’re lost in a strange metropolitan city or enjoying a warm swim in crystal clear waters, traveling puts you in a happy mental state. It just boosts your overall mood and positive emotions.