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Rarely Heard Strong Reasons Why You Should Travel
Besides the stream of motives for traveling that you've read on other sites, there is a profusion of other reasons why your should travel.
Yet, more reasons for you to set off and travel seriously...
Traveling is the ultimate experience: it packs adventure, challenge, it helps you find new friends and it's a great visual experience as well.
Of course, I'm not talking about holiday making, but traveling seriously...
In case you're deeply obsessed with traveling already - you should still read this.
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#1 Traveling is a Form Therapy
The effects of traveling are refreshing and they go very deep.
A satisfying trip keeps me fresh for weeks after. It refreshes my mind, soul and body. This is why traveling is like a therapy.
Traveling can help you mitigate serious emotional pain and it's also wise to hit the road when in the middle of a serious career change. The refreshing effect will make challenges seem easier.
The list could go on: bottom line is - traveling contributes to having a healthy mind, soul and body.
#2 When Traveling, Your Emotional Stimuli Changes
New stimuli will replace the ones you're normally exposed to day by day.
This is part of the reason why I believe traveling has a therapeutic effect.
The boring grey ugly daily routine and soul-shredding stress will be replaced by thrilling new enjoyable experiences.
Whenever I traveled intensely, I came home like a new person. In a way "new", but actually I felt closer to myself.
Traveling is the emotional-cognitive-spiritual equivalent of a refreshing shower. Just that it happens mentally-emotionally-socially...
#3 Traveling Gets You Closer to Yourself
Of course, it also depends on how you travel. Ideally, if you take traveling seriously, it will improve your self-esteem, make you get closer to your inner code.
Shortly said: traveling put you to the test. It is one of the best ways for testing yourself "in the World".
When traveling, you expose yourself to the pure real World in multiple nuances. Pleasures, opportunities and threats are as real as they can be.
#4 You Get to Escape From Toxic People
Are toxic people polluting your life back home?
Cut them out - travel!
It's one of the best ways to escape from negative influences, such as toxic people.
Trust me, it will feel refreshing!
Leave toxic people behind and open your mind to new relationships, fresh influences, shiny new opportunities.
#5 Traveling Burns Fat
If you do it the right way, it's like a sport. And it's one of the best fat burners that I know.
If you're an active traveler, then you'll go on long urban walks, climbing and descending stairs, take beach walks and even hikes... swimming, diving, cycling, jungle trekking, skydiving... - you name it!
Traveling is a healthy activity - if you couple it with a healthy low-fat diet.
#6 When You Travel, Your Home Utility Bills Will Shrink!
Traveling costs indeed, but at least you won't be consuming utilities back home.
So, by the time you'll return, your utility bill will come "at a discount"!
(Have you thought of disconnecting or pausing certain utility services when traveling for longer periods of time - for instance, when being away for 1-2 months or longer?)
#7 Enjoyable Traveling Helps Heal Wounds
I'm speaking from experience. If you enjoy yourself, it will help heal your physical wounds.
I had two experiences, which stunned me...
Once I had a large open wound on the palm of hand - as a result of tripping when jogging.
It was healing very slowly and even 2 weeks after my fall, it still looked ugly. Then I had to travel to Madrid...
After a single day of enjoyable urban exploration and visiting art museums, I noticed my healing process had accelerated tremendously.
The joy and happiness has sped up the healing process.
My hand healed more in those 24 hours than in those 2 weeks prior!
My other experience came a year later, when I accidentally sliced a small piece of my thumb with a box cutter when packing for a flight to Istanbul.
Only 3 hours later I was about to embark my plane and I could barely stop the bleeding.
I arrived to Istanbul that day and I immediately went out exploring.
Early at night I noticed that my wound had almost completely healed. It seemed unbelievable, but feeling good has helped the wound heal.
Do what you love and if it's traveling, then don't hesitate. It even helps healing wounds.
#8 You'll Have Less Time For Your Own Bad Habits
When traveling, you'll waste less time - many would agree that most people are wasting too much time on Facebook.
You'll have vast amounts of time to spend the way you like.
Cut the bad habits out while you're on a trip or you'll end up ruining the experience yourself.
#9 You'll Appreciate Beauty in Your Home City More
A real traveler will see beauty at every street corner. If the "travel bug" is in your blood, you'll reach higher levels of enjoyment than the average holiday maker.
Street art, vehicles, details of architecture or the colours of the sunset or, mere moments... they can all be uniquely beautiful. Priceless experiences.
Perhaps you didn't take enough time and energy to experience these pleasures while you were living your routine-based life back home.
Traveling can indeed be an eye-opener.
After traveling abroad, I did in fact feel the urge to go on urban explorations, looking for beauty. Sometimes mere architectural contrast, decaying walls, graffiti art, vehicles or just photographing moments.
Explore your home city - there are more hidden attractions than you'd think!
#10 Traveling Adds More Memories, Content to Our Lives
Add memories to your life, it will make you feel more whole and when you'll get older, you certainly won't regret pleasant memories.
Experiences are the content of our lives.
You have a trip idea on your mind? It might as well be the trip of your lifetime.
Because time is the best resource, make sure you're not wasting it. And traveling certainly isn't a waste of time!
One more thing: I recommend reading Chris Guillebeau.
About the Author:
Escape Hunter, the young solo traveler in his early 30's explores the World driven by curiosity, thirst for adventure, deep passion for beauty, love for freedom and diversity.
With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...
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