Wouldn’t it be lovely to see the moon at the other side of the world? With all the commitment lying around – work, bills, family – you’d think it was impossible to escape if only for a weekend. But you should because travel is the number one mood booster according to a new study (if you ever had any doubt). And with that, here is a roundup of reasons to feel happier right now.
#1 You’re Living the Dream
Ah, yes. Sipping a piña colada by the beach, getting a relaxing Thai massage, taking a romantic stroll (by yourself or otherwise) — how does that sound? Wonderful right? Reality check – sounds like your boss is trying to snap you out of that daydream in a serious investors’ meeting. How you wish you were there. When it’s time for a getaway, you know it’s time.
#2 Travelling Opens Your EyesAs Ibn Battuta famously said, “Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. It’s a tough one to describe merely through words, but you never return home the same person you were. Seeing the world first-hand instead of through the pages of a book — or in this day and age, a vlog – shapes your perspective on everything in life. And if you’re still not convinced, book a ticket and find out yourself!
#3 It’s Adventure Time!
Don’t be such a moody Joe, come over to the
dark fun side and you might never want to leave. Step out of your comfort zone and do something that never in a million years you thought you would do. From bungee jumps to eating scorpions, the possibilities are endless. Everyone needs a bucket list – maybe you’ll get inspired by ours.
#4 Stranger Danger No More
Travelling means you get to meet new people along the way. Having new friends – whether local or wanderlusts like you – means you’re making connections. So stop swiping your phone, chin up and say hello to your new travel buddy.
#5 It’s Character BuildingWe’re firm believers in this one. You learn about the place you’re in, but you learn even more about yourself. And sometimes, travel throws you into new settings that force you to adapt… in a less threatening sense, more adventurous appeal. Steer the ship and sail it your way.
#6 The Culture ShockNot in a bad way. Aren’t you excited to see the mesmerising scenery, meet vibrant people, and learn their beautiful culture? Seeing them in your own eyes is your own personal inside scoop you won’t want to miss out. Get in the groove and walk the walk wherever you travel.
#7 And, Talk the Talk
While English is an international language, it’s hard when you only have ten fingers to negotiate that bedazzling ornament of a souvenir. Learning another language might feel a little daunting, but it’s a plus point to update your resume. Better yet, set up English lessons if you have longer staycations to break the barrier.
#8 You’re More IndependentThe best love advice we’ve ever gotten was something like this: “you have to be happy with your own life, to be happy in a life you share with someone else”. First, there are the trips to take before you settle down, and then, come the trips made for two.
#9 All the Thyme in the World
Rejoice food lovers, wouldn’t it be great if you could expand your taste palette? All those yummy delicacies around the world are just dying to get to know your tummy. Enough with that sushi parlour that claims to be fresh, head out to Japan to have that authentic smack of salmon sashimi and unagi. Now that’s a reason to globetrot.
#10 Something Cool to Tell the Kids
We all want great stories to pass down to our children. It makes your heart swell when their eyes light up in awe as you recall how you swam with the dolphins in Maldives, climbed the Everest Mountains, or found the love of your life – who’s now sitting right beside you. Adorable.