What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say ‘travel’ – Vacation? Meeting new people? Or maybe, Instagrammable sunsets? It’s no news that travel is good for your physical wellbeing, but a significant amount of scientific research suggests that exploring a new place can do wonders for your mental and emotional health as well.
1.It’s a great stress buster. “The stress of work and daily demands can distract us from what we find to be actually meaningful and interesting, thus, taking a break from the daily hustle and bustle is essential for your mind to relax, recharge and rejuvenate.
And what better way to do so than to pack your bags and cross wanderlust-worthy destinations off your bucket list? Traveling promotes happiness and helps you take your mind off stressful situations. This leads to lower cortisol levels, making you feel more calm and content. “It also helps us reflect on our personal goals and interests”. It also The new events and experiences help rewire your brain, hence boosting your mood and self-confidence.
2. There is such a thing as ‘going on holidays’ and then there is ‘travelling’. They are not the same: the difference is that when you go on a holiday you have a limited time. Whereas travelling entails planning to go somewhere, whereby you are more free and are more spontaneous.
3.be it by yourself, with someone else, or in a group you get to interact with new people. You get to meet people from different culture and background. This can broader your view of the world. It can also make you less anxious to talk to the unknown, people and become more open as a person.
4. It enhances creativity – visiting a foreign/unknown place and immersing yourself in their local environment, increases your cognitive flexibility. It also enhances “depth and integrativeness of thought,” consequently giving a boost to your creativity. Although, it’s important to note that traveling stimulates creativity only when you engage with the local culture of that place. Additionally, extended traveling also improves your productivity, problem-solving skills and can even increases your chances of getting promoted at work!