One industry that’s really suffered as a result of coronavirus is travel and tourism. At a time like this, it can actually be difficult to see the benefits of travelling right now. It actually feels quite surreal to think that a few short months ago, it was possible to book a flight to anywhere in the world, get up and go. Lockdown restrictions all over the world mean this isn’t possible right now, but things will eventually return to normal and once we’re allowed to go travelling again, it’s something that all of us should do more of. Here’s why.
Benefits of Travelling
It teaches us new things
Travel encourages us to learn new skills as you’re in completely new environments. From navigating your way around a public transport to finding your way around a grocery store or restaurant menu in another language; to learning more about people and culture through festivals, museums and galleries. As adults, we don’t learn new things as much as we should, after we leave formal education we tend to stop pursuing new interests and curiosities. Travelling gives you the opportunity to learn new things, but in a completely fun and informal way. This extends to pushing the limits of our comfort zone to seek adventure and thrilling experiences.
It breaks up our everyday routine
Life can be busy and stressful for all of us at times (9+ Tools to Cope and Manage Stress in Lockdown: Talking Mental Health), work is hectic, raising kids is manic and looking after the home means there’s rarely a spare moment in the day. When you do this month in, month out it’s easy to feel burned out. Sometimes just having a break is all you need to totally revitalise yourself, one or two weeks where you can eat nice food, see beautiful surroundings, do fun things and not have to worry about the daily niggles is just what the doctor ordered. This is where the benefits of travelling simply never ends.
Just the fact of having a holiday to look forward to can make any stressful week feel a little better, and once you come back it’s easier to get back to normal routine as you’re relaxed and refreshed.
We can make memories with loved ones
If this lockdown has taught us one thing, it’s to not take our friends and family for granted. Most of us have deeply missed our loved ones, it’s shown us that spending time with them is one of the most important things in our lives. When you travel together, you can make memories and have fun with the people that matter most. Time is precious, and spending it together this way is genuinely one of the best things you’ll ever do. You could hire a villa in Florida together or an apartment in Marbella for rent, you could find a nice hotel for you all to stay at and kick back and relax with those that matter most. Take yourself away from the constant upkeep of social media and FOMO, just appreciate your time away with the ones that matter.
We’re all very good and buckling down and doing things we don’t really want to do. Work, chores, going to appointments and generally getting on with these things because we know we have to. What we’re all not so good at is doing things just because they’re fun. Not because they’re productive or earning us money, but because we want to have a good time. Travel is fun, and sometimes that’s what we need in our lives. When you’re old and look back on your life, it’s these memories which will stand out in your mind. One of my favourite benefits of travelling too is getting a great holiday deal! Not only will booking months in advance save a few pennies, but also give you something to look forward too.
What are your favourite benefits of travelling?
*This is a collaborative post*