Why does anyone go travelling? For the Instagram pictures, the memories or the change of scenery? For the past few years, travelling and having adventures has been a top priority for me- I’m always on the lookout for new places to visit, sights to explore and countries to tick off my list as the travel bug has ingrained itself into my personality. So as well as this being a major passion and love of mine for obvious reasons, I truly believe that travelling is good for your overall wellbeing and can help to open your mind to new ideas and cultures. Particularly in your 20s, travelling is something that you should prioritise and here’s why.
Get yourself out of a rut
It’s all too easy to get stuck in our everyday routines and feel like we’re in a rut, perhaps going through the motions just slightly or never straying from our schedules. But planning a trip in itself can help you get out of that rut as you dream of new destinations and change your focus. Yet physically going on an adventure can help bring you out of it completely, as you’re taking a step back from your regular routine and mixing things up a little. No one should be stuck in a rut so get on a plane instead.
The stress of your work or daily life as a whole can lead you to forget about the things that you’re passionate about or the things that truly interest you, simply because you don’t have the time to address them or satisfy your personal cravings. Sadly, this can increase your stress levels even more than normal, making things just seem a little bit ‘grey’. But removing yourself from a stressful situation to go to a new destination can promote happiness and lower your cortisol levels (or so science tells us) as you give yourself and your mind a break, whilst trying something new of course. Even though you may be busy on your travels snapping pictures, walking to new places and generally exploring the area, even just taking a few days off can help calm your mind significantly.
Achieve your goals
Where were you meant to visit this year? We’re all guilty of promising ourselves that we’ll do something soon or visit our dream destination and never getting round to it, for any number of reasons. This can obviously make us feel like we’ve let ourselves down and quite frankly, missing out. You might find that making a bucket list can be very helpful to give yourself a little travel inspiration and to prioritise where you really want to go. If you’re able to tick off a few destinations and allow yourself to feel like you’ve achieved something, travelling can make you feel accomplished and can provide a little direction.
Give yourself a new perspective
We can all be guilty of having a few blind spots and a lack of knowledge about the world and cultures around us. However, seeing more of our little planet can help you to understand different cultures a bit more, especially when you talk to and engage with people from different countries to your own, which may even spark an interest you’d never even considered. Also, there’s truly nothing better than seeing the world for yourself and making your own opinions based on your experiences. So get out there and re-evaluate your perspective.
Experiences are better than things
Having the latest products and changing up your wardrobe regularly can be very appealing especially with our ‘fast-fashion’ culture, but it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to afford all of the commodities that your heart desires and still be able to travel to your dream destinations too. However, ‘things’ will go out of fashion and can be forgotten quite quickly, but experiences can leave you with memories that you’ll treasure for a long time. Think of that next time you go to purchase that expensive handbag.
As humans, I think we’re not simply made to stay in one place but curiosity is what drives us forward, helping us to discover new places and new experiences that can fill our lives with that bit of happiness. Travelling is all too often an expense which slips down the list of priorities when money or time gets tight, but it’s important to remember how much of an impact it can have on your overall mood, wellbeing and life experiences. Plus, it can give you some pretty great stories to tell. So, when are you planning your next trip?