If you’re like me then you will feel familiar with this: the sensational feeling of happiness that spreads through you once you’ve booked your next trip, as you know that you’ve got lots of exciting and fun experiences to look forward to.
Personally, I’m an avid traveller, and just in 2016 alone I went to 35 countries. Currently though, as I’m really focusing on getting my startup projects to scale here in Hong Kong, I don’t travel as often anymore — but every trip I do take is equally amazing and full of happiness, and it puts a great smile on my face seeing my photo wall in the bedroom every day when I wake up.
Anyways, so here I’ve compiled the major reasons why travelling makes you more happy.
1. Relax & disconnect
When you’re travelling then having access to Internet is not always available, and that has its advantages. Put away the phone and enjoy not being available 24/7. To disconnect from social media can do wonders for your state of mind and make you feel happier. You’re on an adventure — Instagram can wait.
2. “Live in the moment”
Related to the aforementioned, it’s about getting a break from the daily routine and the everyday stress. On a trip you can put all that aside and forget about the “should have”, “could have” and more. Just seize the day and live in the moment, and be glad over the fact that you’re on vacation — that makes you happier.
3. New knowledge and experiences
No matter where you’re heading, you will become home a lot richer on experiences and knowledge; whether that is learning to surf in Bali, dance salsa in Cuba, trying Peking Duck in Beijing or whatever. Seeing other ways of life also greatly broadens your mind as you inevitably will compare culture and contexts to your home country. Overall, traveling is just an awesome way to try and learn new things.
4. Increased confidence
While travelling you’re bound to encounter unforeseen situations no matter how nitty-gritty you had planned your itinerary. When you experience that you neatly can handle such situations then that will give you a great boost to your confidence. Simultaneously you’ll develop invaluable problem-solving skills.
5. Joy is contagious
You’ve likely come across people who spread joy with their great mood and friendly manner. Well, when you’re travelling you’ll have the chance to meet local people all around the world who do just that. In most cases, the local population are happy when they get to socialise with tourists — so be sure to talk to them, listen and get infected by their enthusiasm.
6. New friendship
It’s much easier to meet new friends when you’re out travelling. People are generally more open and interested in meeting like-minded individuals when they’re in a new place. And we know by science that socialising makes us happier — thus, travelling makes you happier 😉
It doesn’t necessarily have to be sun, but a change of scenery and climate from what you’re accustomed in your home country to is likely to give a positive impact on your mood. As a Norwegian where we got dark and long winters, then it’s especially nice to travel to a warmer place with sunny days — preferably with a nice drink and picturesque beach 😉
8. You become more interesting
The more you travel, the more fun, bizarre and exciting stories you can tell your friends, family, and coworkers. When you make people laugh or react to your exciting stories, it won’t just make you feel more interesting, but also boost your confidence significantly.
9. Good memories
To travel is one of the utmost best methods to create everlasting memories. A big part of travelling is about experiences and sights — whether it be spectacular nature, wild animals, amazing structures, unique food — and you will feel the joy you felt during those experiences every time you think back about your trip.
I’ve also written a specific post about how to truly retain travel memories. You can read it here.
10. You become more tolerant
When you’re travelling to new places and meet people from other cultures with a different background and religion than you, then you will learn that “different” is not synonymous with “dangerous”. To travel will make you more tolerant and ensure increased awareness and understanding of cultural differences, which will make you more relaxed and happier.
11. + When you come back home
And, at the end of the day, when you’re coming back home from a trip. Then you’re more likely to appreciate certain things at home that you may have taken for granted. Also, seeing our great family and friends again after having travelled will bring happiness to the most of us.
That concludes the major reasons why travelling makes you more happy. Do you agree? Did I forget any other great reasons for why travelling makes us happier? Let me know in the comments below.