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Why Travel is Good for You

  • April 28, 2017
  • By 50 Shades
  • 12 Comments
Why Travel is Good for You

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.

Why Travel is Good For You

Cruising is a great way to travel

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.

Food tasting experience in Cozumel, Mexico

So here is a list of twenty reasons why I think travel is good for you:

  1.   You learn to live with less.
  2.   You learn that the best experiences are often not scheduled or anticipated.
  3.   You learn to enjoy the moment.
  4.   It forces you out of your comfort zone.
  5.   It forces you to slow down and learn some patience.
  6.   You learn that you can’t assume anything.

    Exploring Halong Bay in Vietnam by Kayak

  7.   You find a new found respect for the life you often wish to escape.
  8.   You will create lasting relationships.
  9.   You will develop skills you never knew you had.
  10.   You may learn a new language.
  11.   It provides you excitement and adventure.
  12.   Seeing the world provides a source of education that you would never get at school.

    Hiking the Murchison River Gorge in Kalbarri WA

  13.   It challenges you in a hundred different ways.
  14.   You meet the most interesting people.
  15.   You will have many interesting travel stories to tell your friends.
  16.   You experience different cuisine.
  17.   Seeing countries’ hardships, customs and attitudes can inspire you to give back in a variety of ways.
  18.   It open your eyes to see how things are different outside your home country so that you have a better understanding of how the world works.
  19.   Traveling to new places and soaking up other cultures makes you a more well-rounded individual.
  20.   The memories of travel experiences will stay with you forever.

A day tour out to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA

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:

Why Travel is Good For You

 

For more information on why travel is good for you read this great article 25 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Traveling

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By 50 Shades, April 28, 2017 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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50 Shades

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.

12 Comments
  • Jo Castro
    February 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!

    • Kathy
      February 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!

  • Jan
    April 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.

    • Kathy
      April 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 jan
    April 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..

    • Kathy
      May 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 Albom
    April 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

    • Kathy
      May 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 eTramping
    May 4, 2017

    Travel is one of the best things to invest your money at, Kathy! This is an excellent post!

    • Kathy
      May 10, 2017

      It certainly is! I’m currently on a holiday travelling around Italy and the experience is incredible. Thank you for dropping by. :)

  • Janet
    May 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!

    • Kathy
      May 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!) :)

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