Traveling refers to the movement of humans between different, often long-distance, geographical locations. Travel can usually be done by car, bike, foot, train, plane, bus, boat or other mode, with or without bags, and is usually one-way or round-trip. People typically travel for a variety of reasons, from business to leisure, from academic to recreational, from vacation to relocate, and just for fun. But the primary reason for anyone traveling is for pleasure.
There are several health benefits associated with Travelling. Firstly, Travelling allows you to expand your horizons beyond your usual environment, since you’re literally taking your eyes off of the same scenery each time you drive down the road. You’ll get to experience new cultures, discover new things, meet new friends, have long conversations with people you’ve only known for a short while, and you’ll feel refreshed after a long, hard day at work. In addition, if you enjoy walking and hiking, you can definitely derive some health benefits from Travelling.
Travelling also gives you the opportunity to develop and strengthen your communication skills. If you spend most of your day communicating through text messages and emails, or through phone calls and video conferencing, then you’ll gradually develop poor verbal and written communication skills, and may even find that you’re getting better at it as you age. On the other hand, if you’re travelling by foot, bike, foot or bus, then you can actually get better at communicating, as you’ll be out in the field, under pressure, trying to communicate with people you may not even know. And if you develop good communication skills, you may even find that you develop better understanding of the local culture and daily life of the region in which you’re travelling.
Travelling also lets you expand your horizons. You may be used to settling down and relaxing in your comfort zone every day, but travelling lets you travel outside of this comfort zone, into new areas, meet new people and develop a taste for new things. The best way to do this is to do it with others. When you go on a long road trip, whether it’s across the country, or across the city, you can surround yourself with other travellers. It’s not easy to do alone, especially if you’re used to staying in your own little bubble, but you can make friends along the way, form lasting relationships, and expand your horizons.
Finally, travelling is great exercise. Whether you prefer hiking, camping, cycling, swimming, boating, hiking, etc., you will feel more fit, healthier and happier when you’re travelling. Just spending time outdoors and going about your normal daily activities will provide the necessary workout. And travelling provides the required mental and physical challenge that makes you feel good, makes you want to come back home with more energy than you had when you left home.
So, if you’re a person who enjoys exploring, the outdoors, meeting new people, going out and spending time with them, then maybe you could benefit from some travelling. Don’t worry if you can’t travel around Europe by car every week. Just take a plane, fly over to London, spend three days soaking up the culture, meeting new people, taking in the night spots and sightseeing, and then take a train back home. You’ll still have lots of time to explore Europe, get back home and feel refreshed and rejuvenated. So to make it easier on you, whenever you need some advice about travelling, or anything else that you think might help you be successful while travelling, just email me and let me know what your favourite European adventure is and I’ll give it to you!