More and more young adults choose to spend their money on experiences. Indeed, the most common expense for Millennials is not the latest iPhone or the most popular fashion items. But, Millennials have a discovery-friendly attitude that encourages them to travel more than other generations. As a result, travelling is the most significant part of their budget, after the necessary bills and maintenance costs. The reason that makes travelling so popular among the young generations – and many seniors and families too – is the long list of benefits you can enjoy from seeing how things are done on the other side of the border. Travel doesn’t only change you. It improves you, the people around you, and the planet.
It helps you to conquer your fears
For a lot of people who are not used to go abroad, travelling can be synonymous with fear. You’d be surprised to know how easy it is to convince yourself that travelling is for others. You can create excuses to stop yourself from exploring the world. So, it’s fair to say that you’ll have to work hard on yourself to start your travel journey. However, there is no denying that travelling is the best tool to conquer your fears. If you’re worried that your finances are not in a stable position, the desire to travel can encourage you to look for alternative solutions and keep your budget in control. If you’re worried that you don’t have it in yourself to go solo, you can learn to get out of your comfort zone and find self-confidence, independence and courage.
You can support international communities
When you start exploring the world, you begin more and more aware that people don’t live in the same way all over the planet. The more you travel, the more you begin to understand that several local communities rely on you to maintain their existence. For instance, you can buy handcrafted products that support the local community instead of picking chain-made souvenirs in shops. Similarly, you can also buy your groceries from your local community when you are in self-catering accommodations. Ultimately, by supporting the locals everywhere you go, you help them to keep the place attractive and picturesque, which resorts and tourist parks fail to do.
You can learn new skills
Travelling improves your knowledge and education. Of course, you can’t travel your way up to a Ph degree. But you can get a grasp of new languages, which can be useful in your professional career. Additionally, you can develop a better understanding of cultural differences between countries. For instance, knowing about the Spanish siesta after lunch time or the extended lunch break in France can be helpful when you’re working with international partners. You can also increase your general knowledge in history by visiting famous landmarks and monuments. While this might sound silly, knowledge is money, as several contestants of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire have already proven. The first winner of the show in the UK knew the answer to a question because she’s been on holiday in Aquitaine, for instance.
You understand why saving the planet matters
Discovering breathtaking landscapes and free wildlife doesn’t only make excellent holiday photos. It always makes you aware of the need to protect the planet by embracing sustainable habits. You wouldn’t want the tropical coral reefs to be submerged in plastic waste. You have no intention of letting animal species go extinct. Now that you understand how your choices can affect nature all over the world, you are more likely to develop sustainable travel and lifestyle habits. Slow travel by train is popular, not only because it decreases your carbon footprint but also because it lets you experience more of a place.
You can cure your mental health issues
Your everyday routine can create chronic stress. The pressures of your job, the financial struggles, or even a difficult relationship, many factors can gradually contribute to a general feeling of unease. You might not notice it, but te modern lifestyle can encourage a depressed state of mind. When every day feels like the endless repetition of the previous day, it can seem like there is no escape. The relationship doesn’t improve, the job still sucks, or the debts are still a burden. Travel may not be the solution to your problems, but it can give you the way out you need to look after your mental health.
In conclusion, it would be foolish to say that travel can save your life. But it can change it for the better, and act as a positive catalyst for nature protection, local economy, and professional skills. So, what are you waiting for to pack your bag and give it go?