The Emotional Benefits of Travel
The benefits of travel are many – you probably know that it’s great for your physical health as most people tend to do a lot more walking and take part in at least some recreational activities, but did you know it’s great for your emotional health too?
In a poll conducted by the Global Commission on Aging, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and the U.S. Travel Association, nine out of 10 respondents noted experiencing a significant reduction in their stress levels within only a day or two of being on vacation, and nearly 90 percent of those who travel were revealed to have a more positive outlook on life.
Whether you’ve recently undergone a stressful life event like moving after purchasing a new home in Colorado Springs real estate, or you just need a break from the daily grind, traveling can bring a host of emotional benefits to enhance your life well after the trip is over.
Stress can wreak havoc on your physical, mental, and emotional health, but taking a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life by traveling is an ideal way to bust that stress, rejuvenate, relax, and recharge. It allows you to take your mind off your worries, reducing cortisol (the “stress hormone”) levels to make you feel more content.
It Makes You Strong
While lifting that suitcase can help you have stronger muscles, we’re talking about a boost of mental, and emotional strength that comes with travel. When you’re in an unfamiliar place with new people, it naturally helps you to be more emotionally strong, patient, and flexible.
You’ll have to surrender control to things that aren’t controllable, which helps you to better deal with larger problems in life. When faced with inevitable stressful situations that come up, you’re likely to get over them more quickly and not see them as the major tragedy you might have otherwise.
Boosting Creativity and Solving Problem Skills
When you travel to a foreign country, immersed in a new culture and different language, you’ll naturally have to be more creative, solving problems that you wouldn’t have to deal with a home. All those new sounds, smells, tastes, sights, and sensations cause various synapsis in the brain that help build new connections and rewiring – the farther you travel from home, the more creative you’re likely to be.
Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and INSEAD, Adam Galinsky, confirmed this in his 2009 study focused on people living abroad. He found that the longer subjects spent living abroad, the more likely they were able to come up with creative solutions.
When you travel with someone, you’re sharing a unique experience that can help enhance the relationship. It can bring couples closer together by building lifelong memories, with surveys revealing that nearly three-quarters of adult travelers have credited the experience with helping improve their interpersonal relationships.
Of course, that doesn’t have to mean only romantic couples, that can be applied to siblings, a parent and child, friends, and all types of other relationships.