Why should you? It’s a very simple question. Why would you want to jump out of your comfort zone, go to foreign places, and explore the world? There are many people who are just born with that innate desire to seek out adventure, but there are those who need a little more convincing.
Here are a few reasons why you should jump on the wanderlust bandwagon:
You Become a Better Problem Solver
According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, students who live abroad are 20% more likely to solve a computer task compared to those who do not. Think about it, when you are placed in an unfamiliar situation or environment, you learn to analyze the situation, adapt, and simply put- figure it out!
Your Relationship Could Last Longer
According to the U.S. Travel Association, couples who travel together report a higher satisfaction in their relationships compared to those who do not. Couples who travel together have a more satisfying romantic relationship. They also learn to communicate better and are more likely to have similar life aspirations and goals. Traveling together not only makes you a stronger couple, but also makes you best friends!
It Makes You a Happier Person
Most people say that money can’t buy you happiness. On the contrary, in recent studies at Cornell University, people who spend money on experiences, rather than personal possessions, will experience more satisfaction for a longer period of time. Since people are the sum of their total experiences, traveling and becoming a story teller gives individuals a jolt of confidence and fulfillment. The fact is, instead of buying the latest iPhone, purchasing that plane ticket to Bali you’ve always dreamed about will make you happier.
You Become a More Patient Person
Patience is indeed a virtue. Layovers happen. Flight delays happen. If you don’t get the “skip-the-line passes”, long lines at the Louvre happen! As a traveler, you are forced to be patient. You really don’t have a choice. Just embrace it and allow yourself that personal growth.
You just Feel ALIVE!
Have you ever had that experience when you walk off the plane, smell the fresh and unfamiliar air, know you are about to experience 100 different things and just cannot wait to get started?! It’s pure magic and really cannot be explained until it happens to you. It truly is a feeling of unadulterated and undeniable bliss.