What is Travel?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of travel is: to make a journey, typically of some length.
Some might agree with the simplicity of that definition, others might feel some extra clarification is needed. Either way, I think that definition is vague for a reason. Travel certainly means something different to everyone and whatever it may mean to you, that’s what it means. There is no right answer and naturally, there is no wrong.
I often wonder about questions related to existence and ask myself about the meaning of life and if there is a singular meaning that can apply to all of us. I have come to this conclusion that for me life is about having as many different set of experiences this life allows me to have.
Because you are a person living on this Earth, there is a 99.99999% chance that you really like taking trips.
But travel is so much more than stunning IRL sunsets and that #daydrinking life. It’s also good for your mind and your soul. Here are 5 amazing effects travel has on your brain.
1. It boosts your creativity.
A recent study from the Academy of Management Journal found that people who worked overseas were more imaginative and inspired than those who stayed in the U.S. Why? It’s all about cultural immersion.
“People who integrate a new culture into their identities are more creative in the long run” says William Maddux, Ph.D., the study’s lead author.
His logic: Doing as the locals do for an extended period of time opens up your mind, forcing you to think in different ways and bounce around between different ideas. It’s a concept scientists very fancily refer to as “cognitive flexibility.” And the more ~cognitively flexible~ you are, the more creative you will be.
2. It makes you more trusting.
Maddux also found in his previous research that wanderlusting your way around the world increases your faith in humanity. “The more foreign countries people travel to, the more their sense of generalized trust increases.”
Reason: Seeing all of the good that exists in the world makes it easier to trust that most people, for the most part, are just trying to do the right thing … most of the time. Aww.
3. It makes you less fearful of things.
You know how when you’re on vacation, you decide it’s a really good call to go cliff jumping, even though you are totally scared of heights? That fearless mindset sticks with you over time if you travel often enough.
Matt Long, a professional traveler who runs the travel blog LandLopers and has been to over 75 countries, couldn’t agree more. “Over time, I’ve conquered more and more fears, like the fear of getting eaten when swimming with sharks, and the fear of making a mistake when learning a new language, just by doing those very things. Traveling has made me so much braver, both on the road and at home,” he says.
4. It makes you kill it at work.
For real though. A recent study from the U.S. Travel Association found that people who take all of their vacation days have a 6.5% higher chance of getting promoted at work than those who stay at their desks.
5. It can help you get over a loss.
When you lose something — a job, a significant other, that Skittle that fell on the floor and totally vanished — you feel like you lost a part of yourself. Of your soul. And no matter how much you search and search, it is nowhere to be found …
…until you travel.
“Taking a trip can help restore your sense of self that you feel like you lost”. Placing yourself in a new situation with new surroundings will force you to get in touch with yourself because you simply cannot be on autopilot.
So next time something hugely disappointing happens in your life (and yes, there will be a next time, because this is life we’re talking about here), T-R-A-V-E-L. It WILL help. Pinkie swear.
Lastly, It just makes you feel more aliiiiive!!!!
That feeling when you step off the plane and know you are about to experience a thousand million new things and cannot WAIT to get started and omg you are so happy you have arrived because life is so AWESOME and the world awaits and how do you not do this more often and yes, yes, YESSSS?
IT IS REAL! and is..
So what are you waiting for? Jet Set Go!
Credits: Buzzfeed, @tommasoalberti