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Having two very well travelled children and also travelled a bit myself, I believe that travel not only broadens your mind, but it is good for you. I can’t imagine a life without the travel experiences that I have very fortunately undertaken. There are so many wonderful travel destinations out there to visit and explore and this is just one of the many reasons why travel is good for you.
If you really want to immerse yourself into the different cultures of some of the most exotic places in the world then don’t just stay in luxury hotels. Stay at some of the cheaper boutique hotels, hostels, Airbnb’s, pensions or bed and breakfasts which are surprisingly very clean and comfortable. Walk the streets, get down and dirty, meet the locals and get off the beaten track and see the natural landscape. Be spontaneous and surprise yourself. Try as much of the cuisine as you dare. Breathe it all in. Don’t get caught up in the little annoyances of the day-to-day. Cherish everything.
So here is a list of twenty reasons why I think travel is good for you:
But I think the biggest advantage of travelling is that it is good for your health on both a physical and mental level. And to sum it all up here’s my favourite quote about travel:
For more information on why travel is good for you read this great article 25 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Traveling
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Jo CastroFebruary 3, 2014
I so agree with all those points! And travel certainly does get you out of your comfort zone. I’ve lived in Australia for 5 years and I’m getting rather fat bottomed and comfortable! Previously we never lived in one place for more than about 2 years at a time (no we are not Bonnie and Clyde or on the run from authorities!!), and I never had the chance to get comfortable. Time for a trip me thinks to remind us of all the things you mention!
KathyFebruary 4, 2014
Your nomadic life sounds idyllic to me. I wish I had travelled and worked abroad when I was younger. Travel really is an experience like no other!
JanApril 28, 2017
I so agree with everything you have said Kathy and would add that the anticipation of travel can brighten up a dull day and extend the benefits.
KathyApril 28, 2017
Sweet anticipation is definitely one of the best parts of the travel experience. Although it can be tiring and frustrating at times the advantages outweigh the bad parts. :)
budget janApril 28, 2017
Well said Kathy. I’m all for travel. If everyone could travel they would see that the majority of people the world over are basically the same. Hopefully it would in turn lead to more tolerance and less hatred between nations..
KathyMay 1, 2017
Wouldn’t that be nice Jan? I love meeting all different types of people from different countries. That is one of the most interesting things about travelling. :)
Rhonda AlbomApril 29, 2017
I love all your reasons, but the one that jumped out at me was number 2: You learn that the best experiences are often not scheduled or anticipated
KathyMay 1, 2017
Yes sometimes the spontaneity of travel is the best part and getting off the beaten path. All those backstreets and laneways in cities reveal some of the best kept secrets. :)
Agness of eTrampingMay 4, 2017
Travel is one of the best things to invest your money at, Kathy! This is an excellent post!
KathyMay 10, 2017
It certainly is! I’m currently on a holiday travelling around Italy and the experience is incredible. Thank you for dropping by. :)
JanetMay 7, 2017
A massive YES to all of these! When I was younger I was more interested in tangible “things” that would “last” ie furnishing our house. Now I know that the only thing that lasts is memories – hope there’s much more travel in my future!
KathyMay 10, 2017
I hope so too Janet. We are currently enjoying the magical sites of Italy and the Mediterannean and I have been overawed by the history and the beauty of this place. Travel is my most favourite thing in life (apart from my kids!) :)