If I had unlimited budget, I would travel as often as possible and to every corner of the world. I spend my free time looking up cool travel spots, how to get there, how much it would cost, when is the best time to go and so on. I have in my mind to do lists for so many places I want to see but don’t have the time or budget for.
But when I do head for a new destination (or even one where I’ve been before), I feel a rush of adrenaline, I feel excitement and …happy!
Here are 5 reasons why travel makes you happy:
- Escape the routine
Even if you love your job and your daily routine, travelling puts a pause to is and refreshes your daily life for a couple of days or weeks. You find yourself realizing that one day will not be the same as the other. While I may start every day with a coffee, the rest that follows will be different each day!
- Seeing new places
Seeing new places sparks your curiosity and makes you want to learn more. Seeing a beautiful temple makes you wonder why is it built that way or why are certain colors used. Reading up about these things makes you learn and happy to expand your general knowledge.
- Going through new experiences
Figuring out how to go by public transport to Cinque Terre or visiting a cat café in Japan are both new experiences. While the first one is quite challenging and the second one is calming, they both leave you feeling accomplished, and happy for having succeeded and trying something new.
- The food and the drinks
This one is my favorite part! After eating pasta or sushi on a regular basis, it is amazing to taste those foods in their home countries. The quality of the food, the way it is prepared and simply being there and eating the local food makes the whole experience whole. It’s not just that you are trying new delicious meals, it’s the entire process and the atmosphere that gives you happy vibes!
- Coming back
This one gives me mixed feelings – while travelling is amazing and refreshing, it is also rather tiring and stressful. Packing to go back home makes you excited to share with the others your memories and look forward to some rest and old routine. When you come back, you are armed with different points of view because you have managed to go outside your daily bubble where everything is the same.
When you come back, you cannot wait to rest a bit and then go back to planning and traveling again. Ticking places of off your to see list and adding even more; or simply re-adding places you have been to before simply because you loved them so much you want to explore deeper or even revisit places that stuck with you.
Having this beautiful golden airplane choker from Stilnest always on me makes me feel like I am always travelling and soothes my wanderlust, Are you also a travel addict? What is it about travel that makes you happy?