It is often said travel is one of the only things you can buy which makes you richer. Travelling has become so much more than merely a vacation from our work and home lives. It has become an opportunity for us to disconnect from life and become more aware of what we really want.
There are new people to meet, new foods to taste, new drinks to try and new experiences to enjoy. This is a time for us to think about our goals and dreams. Stretched out on a beach or hiking soaring mountain paths are where it is possible to connect with yourself in ways which are impossible while hunched over a computer keyboard. These are just some of the unexpected perks of travel:
You’ll be happier
Much research has been completed which shows we become happier before even packing our bags, by looking forward to the trip. “Four studies demonstrate that people derive more happiness from the anticipation of experiential purchases and that waiting for an experience tends to be more pleasurable and exciting than waiting to receive a material good,says a paper in Psychological Science.
You’ll become more adventurous
We all do activities while on holiday we would never dream of doing at home. Jumping off a tall bridge? Visit Bloukrans River Bridge in South Africa. Riding scooters through heavy traffic? Go to any city in Vietnam. Eat some deep-fried insects? Visit one of the roadside markets in Thailand. We’d never dream of doing these at home, but while travelling think nothing of it.
You’ll find some great bargains
Visiting the spots where the locals do their shopping is always a highlight of every trip. Finding that little boutique with handcrafted leather goods, the roadside stall with the freshest baked goods and the fishermen who wander the streets with their morning catch. These are some of the best reasons to travel. Often goods can be purchased for a bargain, particularly when you do your shopping at the airport. Duty free perfume, jewellery and toys always make excellent gifts to distribute once you arrive home.
You’ll be better at your job
If you take all of your leave days at work, you will actually be better at your job and more likely to be promoted. New research has found the majority of US workers don’t take all of the leave days owed to them. It also found more time at the office does not automatically mean you’ll be in line for a raise or bonus. “In fact, employees who left 11 to 15 days unused are less likely (by 6.5%) to receive a raise or bonus than those who used all of their vacation days,the study says.