When you travel to foreign countries, you're forced to step out of your comfort zone, and that and these are really self-confident “steps”.
Travelling has many benefits: it enhances mental well-being, helps us gain deeper insights into a foreign culture, makes us happier because it gives us more self-confidence, new experiences and impressions. It helps us break out of everyday routine and meet people from all over the world whose culture and tradition differs from ours in so many ways,
Here are some reasons which show why traveling can make us happier:
You learn a lot of new things
Through learning, our brain becomes more active and that creates happiness - especially when we learn something we enjoy.
No matter if you want to learn a new skill, such as Asian cooking, or a foreign language, traveling will help you to expand your knowledge and learn new things.
You meet new people and make new friends
Interaction with others makes us happier and we expand our social environment. This means that we communicate more and get to know new, interesting people, which means: we still learn a lot.
When traveling, we are often less inhibited to make new friends, and thereby expand our social environment.
Dealing with unexpected situations boosts self-confidence
Anyone traveling will sooner or later face an unexpected situation. Even if you plan your trip in the smallest detail, something unforeseen can suddenly happen. No matter what, there is a solution for every problem. And the experience of coping with such situations boosts self-esteem immensely, which makes life better and happier.
You can spend time alone
When traveling, we can treat ourselves to respite, which is usually too short in everyday life. When we enjoy peace and silence for a moment and can simply “be”, stress and tension come off us and we enjoy the moment - meditations work this way.
If you drive away, you appreciate your family even more
If we leave behind everything that we take for granted, such as our family, close friends or our home for a while, then we tend to appreciate it all the more. Nobody is more pleased about your travel stories than your family. So a phone call with your parents is a wonderful opportunity to have an excellent topic for conversation about the place you just fell in love with.
Time out from social media
Social media has both positive and negative sides, but it's good to take a break from the internet from time to time. Often we do not even notice a charming place in front of us, because our eyes are constantly on our cell phones, and we’re scrolling through our Newsfeed on Facebook or check our emails. It is not easy to disconnect completely, because there is Wi-Fi almost everywhere. But, try it! Turn off everything. Find the best place to stay without Wi-Fi, so you are not even tempted. It is liberating and you can enjoy the "here and now" better.
Sunshine and warmth for better mood and health
Sunshine and sun warmth definitely put us in a better mood. On a trip to the beach, we can relax and enjoy the health benefits of a warm climate. When sunlight strikes human skin, the body releases more and more endorphins, i.e. happiness hormones. This includes, for example, serotonin. The hormone which is responsible for many complex processes in the human body, is also referred to as an activity hormone or as a messenger of happiness. It increases the general well-being, regulates the metabolism of sugar and dispels depressive moods and fears.
Long-term experiences and memories
Traveling not only makes you happier for a while, but also makes you happier and more relaxed in the long run. But even when we're at home or just cannot go anywhere, our memories of traveling still make us happy at home, and improve our self-confidence, open-mindedness, and sense of cosmopolitanism.
“The day she realised, it was not about the world but was all about her, she grew the wings. The day she understood she was not answerable to any of them who always blamed and pointed her, she had the fire blazing in her eyes. She raised and soared towards the sky. The whole world looked at her in awe and wished if only they could be her. She was not confined to be on the ground anymore. She had the wings of fire and she left a trail everywhere she went, for other to follow.”
― Akshau Vasu