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The Hidden Benefits of Traveling
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The Hidden Benefits of Traveling
Written by Oliver Munro
September 5, 2022

You’re probably aware that vacations are a great way to relax, learn something new, and just have fun.

But those are only the obvious perks.

In this article, we’ll dig deeper into some of the things that make travel a truly enriching experience, and look at how exploring the world can mean so much more in the long term.

From mental health and personal growth to changing the way humans connect, we’ll go beyond the basics and break down the greater benefits of global travel.

Contents:

  • Why we travel
  • The personal benefits of travel

                 Improved mental health

                  Development and growth

                 Education

  • The global benefits of travel

                  Peace and understanding

                  Inspiring more creativity

                  Building a universal community

  • How to take the first step

Let’s get into it.

Why Do We Travel?

Humans have been wandering the globe since, well, forever.

We’ve built civilizations on nearly every habitable part of the planet, yet we still continue to explore.

In our minds, we leave home for the obvious reasons: For work, to avoid work, to visit family and friends, or to simply take a break from it all.

But what if there were a deeper meaning behind why, every year, people continue to throw their lives into a suitcase and jump into the unknown? 

Perhaps our curiosity knows something we don’t. 

Below, we take a closer look at some of the hidden benefits of travel - the perks that have the power to change our lives.

Personal Benefits Of Traveling The World

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore." 

  • Mark Twain.

First, let’s jump into how travel can help us feel better about ourselves, achieve great growth, and change who we are forever.

Mental Health

Taking care of yourself means taking care of your health - and not just the physical stuff. 

Looking after your mind is equally important.

Traveling can have many benefits for your mental health, including:

  • Stress relief
  • Increased creativity
  • Improved outlook on life
  • Less monotony (and more joy)

While it isn’t a be-all cure for mental illness, traveling can certainly help us to live happier and more peaceful lives.

By breaking up the monotony of a 9–5 work or study lifestyle with regular overseas breaks, you reduce the risk of being overwhelmed by stress.

Equally, meeting new people and learning about new cultures can help you to see the world in a new light - one that inspires you to keep going when things get tough.

"Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind."

  • Seneca.

Finally, saving for a trip gives us something to always be looking forward to. Sometimes, all we need in order to live a fulfilling life is a little bit of direction and something to aim for.

Development and Growth

You’ll often hear people say: “Travel made me a better person.”

And while it may sound cliché, it’s usually true. The experiences and challenges that we face when we travel are difficult to find anywhere else.

By trying new things, meeting new people, hearing different perspectives on the world, and pushing ourselves to do what we would never have attempted back home, we can’t help but develop into better versions of ourselves.

An amazing perk of this whole process is that, after we come out the other side, we are invigorated with a new sense of confidence and self-belief.

We’ve seen first-hand what we’re capable of achieving and now we’re now hungry for more.

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

  • David Mitchell.

Travel is an addictive hobby. The more we do it, the more we grow. And the more we grow, the more we want to grow.

Being the best version of ourselves is a goal worth chasing - one that feels good every step of the way.

Education

 "Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled."

  • The Prophet Mohammed.

There are some things schools and universities can’t teach. But travel can.

Experience is the ultimate educator. When we live what we’re learning, it sticks with us for life.

Whether you’re trying to pick up a new language, study the culture or history of a place, or even discover your purpose in life - getting out there and immersing yourself in the world is the way to do it.

Above that, travel teaches you things you never expected to learn

It teaches you compassion for all human beings, no matter where they’re from or what they look like. It teaches you to believe in yourself. It teaches you that there are so many more sources of joy in the world than you might have ever imagined.

Most importantly of all, travel teaches us how achievable freedom truly is.

Global Benefits Of Traveling The World

Of course, travel doesn’t just make you better.

It has the potential to change the whole world. Seriously.

Let us explain.

Peace Through Understanding

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

  • Albert Einstein.

It can be said that the reason for most of the world’s problems comes from misunderstanding.

When people see or hear things that are unfamiliar, they sometimes become hostile towards them.

That’s why it’s so important that all of us explore, experience, and patiently strive to understand other ways of living.

We all grew up with different circumstances, beliefs, and traditions. But at our core, we’re all humans. When you travel to foreign lands, it’s often not the differences that stand out but the similarities.

This is what destroys negative stereotypes - and therefore, destroys hate.

And when we see just how much we all have in common, despite our different lifestyles, it encourages a universal respect that transcends the need for conflict.

Exposure Inspires Creativity

One thing we can all benefit from is more art in the world.

Whether it’s murals, books, theatre, movies, music, or something else - entertainment is something almost everyone loves.

When more people travel, the total volume of creativity in the world grows.

Even when you’re not being inspired by your surroundings and the things you do, it’s very possible that you’re inspiring the people you meet with your personality and stories about your life.

The more connections that are made and sights that are seen by curious eyes, the more of that magic that is creativity manifests itself as art.

By traveling the world, you give your imagination the ultimate workout.

Creating a Global Community

Finally, connection is everything.

We all love to be loved. And the more love in the world, the happier we are.

It may sound a little cheesy, but building a global community through personal connections is one of the most positive things we can do for ourselves.

When we all work together on shared goals, they get done a lot faster.

Here at Flywallet, this step is exactly what we seek to achieve. We want to build those genuine, real-world connections that will make the world a better place.

If you’re ready to join us on this journey, keep reading to learn how we can help you live a more rewarding life.

Taking That First Step

Now that you’ve seen how much more you can really get out of travel, it’s time to make it happen.

We know traveling can be scary, especially if it’s your first time.

That’s what we’re here for.

Flywallet is designed to take the stress out of booking flights, from budgeting and planning to finding the best deals online.

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  • Our all-in-one budgeting and booking platform.
  • Friendly and expert travel advice around the clock.
  • A bunch of helpful resources for first-time travelers.
  • A global community of like-minded travelers.
  • …and more!

Sign up for free today to begin your Flywallet journey.

See you on the other side!

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Oliver Munro
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