Almost everyone has traveled at least once in their lives. A huge number of people go camping, travel to different cities or even to other countries for a summer vacation or a business trip. And surely each of us sometimes dreams of going somewhere far away to change the familiar environment, at least for a time to forget about the problems or just relax. So why do we want to leave home? What are we looking for in a faraway land and what do we return with from a trip?
The benefits of travel
In a new environment, under the influence of new impressions, people are freed from the influence of the familiar environment. There is a new attitude towards what they left at home and even the person begins to think differently. The main benefits to be gained from traveling are as follows:
Before traveling, you thought your abilities were limited to a well-established cycle of work-home. But when you find yourself in an unfamiliar environment, you discover new qualities in yourself that were not noticeable in the home habitual environment. Overcoming difficulties in new, unexpected situations reveals in you such character traits as the ability to adapt to a changing environment, rapid response, and creative approach to problem-solving. Thus, travel is a kind of real psychological training.
The effect of the anticipation of travel
Psychologists have found that the anticipation of vacation and the upcoming trip causes a lot of positive emotions and improves mood. During this period people evaluate the quality of their life, financial situation, and state of their health more positively.
While traveling you meet new interesting people. Among these, you may meet future business partners or the person who will become your lover. And many people make new friends while traveling and keep these friendships even after you return home.
Broadening your horizons
While traveling you are sure to learn something new and it will enrich your inner world, broaden your horizons. You can learn the history of the country, the manners, and traditions of the inhabitants, the culinary peculiarities of the food. Having mastered the preparation of several local dishes on your return from a trip, you can delight your loved ones with them.
New impressions received during a trip stimulate the release of “hormones of happiness” – endorphins. These hormones improve mood, prevent stress, slow down the aging of the body, and improve a person’s general well-being. The active lifestyle of travelers, sea and river bathing, sunbathing, hiking improve health and fill with energy.
Now popular pilgrimage tours to holy places trip to explore the spiritual-religious culture of the people of another country. Such a trip has a beneficial, soothing effect on the human soul. But that to feel it is not necessary to go to the famous centers of world religions. Perhaps very near you can find peace of mind and tranquility, admiring the beautiful scenery or enjoying a conversation with a wise old man near the temple.
Strengthening the relationship with your spouse
Traveling together has a beneficial effect on the marital relationship. When traveling, couples spend a lot of time together, plan travel itineraries, gain new impressions, set common goals, and learn about each other’s interests. Spouses overcome difficulties together, making common decisions and finding a way out of situations that arise. This has a positive long-term effect on the couple’s relationship, bringing the family closer together and making it stronger.