7 Reasons The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Soul Is Travel
Does wanderlust call and you don’t answer because you’re too busy? It’s funny how your excuse to not travel is “life,” but you fail to experience life by remaining stuck and feeling trapped.
How do you know what you want and need from life if you don’t live it? The best thing you can do for your soul is travel. Here are a few essential ways that travel heals the soul.
Escape to Center
People call traveling to get away because humans tend to crave escape. It’s not always a negative signal. It’s a call to escape to center and press the reset button.
You spend life living out specific roles you play, and you forget what you mean to yourself. Find your center, and allow your inner child a moment of playtime.
Step out of the 9-5 Grind
You get caught up in the nine-to-five grind and become consumed with meeting the next deadline or achieving the next big win. You live your life from a quantitative experience, rather than a qualitative one.
Not many workers take their allotted vacation time, but taking those vacation days makes you a more productive worker. 55 percent of workers don’t take their vacation days, and once your basic needs are met — including the need to reset — you feel less tired and ready to do your job.
Shaking up your routine and seeing new sites sparks inspiration. You generate creativity as your five senses take in a new environment.
It makes sense. The more you brain gets exposed to new senses and activities, the more it generates new thoughts, feelings and innovations from the inspiration gained. Ernest Hemingway used experiences from Spain and France as inspiration to write much of his work.
Lift Your Mood
Many studies look at the mood-boosting high that getting away from it all gives you. One study found that vacationing significantly boosts mood and overall feelings of happiness and relaxation. Another study looked at the effects of leisure trips and found that taking a vacation reduces burnout and fortifies the mind against over-exhaustion once you return to work.
Appreciate What You Have
After enjoying the great wide world, you return home to appreciate what you have and let go of the little annoyances in life. Your patience and tolerance levels increase because you experience a different pace of life and practice these traits toward yourself as you travel and encounter differences in culture and linguistics.
You may also witness poverty and other concerns as you travel, making you more aware of the world and those in it. You appreciate your privileges and don’t take them for granted.
Widen Your Worldview, Deepen Your Trust
Cross-cultural experiences increase faith in humanity, or what’s also known as generalized trust. Many people believe that all humans share an underlying essence. The effect can happen locally, too. Take a trip to a new neighborhood to experience a new culture, but if you want to shake up your worldview, travel far and wide.
Feel moved by the different types of music in various countries. Wake up your taste buds with new spices and cuisines. See the joy and suffering in the world. Widen your worldview and deepen your trust. You’ll come to know yourself in new ways, too.
Travel encourages you to think on your feet because life happens — bags get lost. You get lost and need to ask for directions in Cuban Spanish or Mandarin.
One study found that students aged 18 to 78 who took a one week course in Scottish Gaelic experienced higher levels of alertness than others who didn’t take the course. Additional research supports a better ability to multitask, make decisions and retain memories in those who spoke more than one language.
You learn that you’re not as helpless as you think. You try activities you might never have back at home in your comfort zone.
Traveling Frees You – Travel Heals The Soul
Humans are explorers and wanderers by nature, with inclinations toward joy, sharing, cooperation and learning. Traveling frees you from the nine-to-five grind and enables you to do your job better when you return. Traveling liberates your mind, body and soul from “busy” distractions and stress. So, next time wanderlust calls — answer.