With the world going through a number of challenges right now, it’s more important than ever to prioritise your wellbeing. A great reminder to do this is the annual UN International Day of Happiness. With international travel picking up speed, it’s time to remember how and why travel can bring you so much joy. This is why we have brought you five reasons as to why travelling can bring you happiness.
1. Travel breaks you out of your comfort zone
A new destination brings several new factors to figure out that are different to your norm. From a potential language barrier to driving on the other side of the road, it can be a challenge to navigate. We love that accomplished feeling at the end of the day having ordered a meal using a mix of gestures and a few local phrases!
2. Travel makes you more open minded
Each new destination has its own culture, traditions and quirks – that’s what makes it special! Make a concerted effort to learn about the history, pick up some local lingo, and try new food. There’s no better way to immerse yourself with a smile while travelling and locals love to share their culture with you.
3. Travel reminds you why you’re grateful for what you have
You may not realise it until you’re about to land in your home city or you’re back in your own bed but returning to your home comforts can also bring you happiness. Travelling is a great way to remind yourself why you’re grateful for what you have in your everyday life.
4. Travel can be the ultimate way to unwind
Travelling isn’t your usual everyday life so leaving it behind can be the ultimate way to unwind and relax. The only problems you may have are where to go for your next meal, or whether you should visit that museum or this landmark! Sometimes spontaneity or having no plans can be the best medicine to destress, and there’s a good chance that you will come home feeling refreshed and recharged.
5. Travel is an instant mood booster
Sometimes we can get stuck in a rut. Breaking free and travelling can bring you happiness and be that breath of fresh air that you didn’t know you needed. Having all your senses challenged at once can be an instant mood booster, clearing the fog from your everyday life.