To travel is to take a journey into yourself. – Danny Kaye
There are much philosophy and discussion about all the benefits that travel offers us.
To see the world through new eyes, expand your awareness of life, to open up to an understanding of the complexity of our global humanness despite the physical and cultural boundaries to name a few.
Often, the most powerful benefits are uniquely personal, they point to how we define ourselves, how we motivate ourselves to evolve and embrace the world as our own. The simple impacts of travel are often silent, they can be hidden from our conscious travel agendas, we think we travel for a new adventure, but we are often receiving more benefits than we can imagine.
Here are 4 Benefits that Travel Offers Us:
When we experience and connect with the world outside of our environments our eyes can be opened to a new perspective, one that confronts our personal and cultural myths and beliefs. This has the potential to open our minds to a universal consciousness, one that echoes our philosophers, poets and sages wisdom. An awareness of a universal truth that transcends our physical universe. Spiritual growth is one of the great benefits of travel.
Enhances your Creativity:
Creativity is based on the ability to connect original ideas into form, but we’ve all experienced the frustration of creative blocks at some point in our lives. Recent research at Columbia Business School has shown links between creativity and travel that increase cognitive flexibility, depth, and integrative thought. But the most important factor is being purposeful about engaging with the world and its people while traveling.
“The key, critical process is multicultural engagement, immersion, and adaptation,” said Adam Galinsky professor at Columbia Business School
“Someone who lives abroad and doesn’t engage with the local culture will likely get less of a creative boost than someone who travels and really engages in the local environment.”
A simple walk in nature can have a similar effect, but the power of engaging in new cultures can develop powerful new neural connections that trigger original and creative ideas that supercharge your creativity.
Research has shown that people who travel at least twice a year show improved happiness levels, and even more interestingly a study from Cornell University proved that happiness increases when just planning the trip!
So, plan that trip now, and keep on planning them all the way to your happy place!
You’ll Realize this Moment is a Gift:
Ever since Eckhart Tolle showed the world the power of being present, and the gift it is to live like this to improve every area of your life a movement began that catapulted us into the power of now. Travel throws you right into the center of the moment and brings you into the present begging you to respond authentically.
One of the greatest benefits of traveling is that moment when you look out at a stunning or unique landscape, take a deep breath and remember that every second of this life is a precious and wonderful gift.
An excuse to travel is often not needed. But remember, when you are planning your next trip, your health, well-being, and spiritual growth are waiting for you to enrich your experiences, and will also benefit you in life-changing ways.