Why Wouldn't You Travel More When There Are So Many Benefits of Traveling?!

Mobicen89

New Member
Everyone keeps saying how important it is to travel. So what's all this fuss about? Why do people travel and love travelling?
More importantly: why should we travel more?
The benefits of traveling are not just a one-time thing: traveling changes you physically and psychologically. Having little time or money isn't a valid excuse. You can fly for cheap very easily. If you have a full-time job and a family, you can still travel on the weekends or holidays, even with a baby.
Here are some of the main benefits of traveling. And I'm sure that once you get started, you'll find some more yourself!
1. Traveling Improves Your Health
From cutting down on stress, to lowering your chances of developing a heart disease, the health benefits of traveling are huge. You may stay sitting on a chair all day long at the workplace: including some walking to your trip is sure to make your body feel better. For some people, wandering abroad is even a cure for depression and anxiety. Of course, it's not a foolproof cure, but it might help you feel better, both physically and psychologically.
Traveling more is likely to have a tremendous impact on your mental well-being, especially if you're no used to going out of your comfort zone. Trust me: travel more and your doctor will be happy. Be sure to get in touch with your physician, they might recommend some medication to accompany you in your travels, especially if you're heading to regions of the globe with potentially dangerous diseases.
2. Traveling Lets You Disconnect From Your Daily Life
This is closely related to my previous point. We tend to get so caught up in our daily lives that sometimes, by simply sticking around, we may do ourselves more harm
than good. Your boss is taking over your life? Kids are driving you mad? Your parents are trying to make you live the life they want? How long do you think you can handle this pressure before you burst and everything falls apart?
Sometimes it is best to take a step back, take a deep breath and take go that Tower Bridge selfie. In all seriousness, travel is not a bad option - it is the most natural way of inducing the feeling you miss someone or that you are missed. The trick is to leave with a bit of preparation to avoid making a mistake during your journey. Plus, if you're flying, you better start thinking about booking your tickets sooner than later.
3. Traveling Makes You Smarter
Get used to picking up new words in a different language every time you travel and you will see improvements in your brain capacities, as Dan Roitman wrote in the Huffington Post. If only this, start getting familiar with travel jargon.
Even more than "just" languages, traveling helps you learn about yourself. You might run into challenging situations where you need to be resourceful and think differently. I'm sure that you will develop a new set of skills that you didn't suspect you had within you.
4. Traveling Improves Your Understanding Of Other Cultures
Why we travel may differ from one person to another, but people travelling always develop empathy and a deeper understanding of other cultures.
Being more understanding and tolerant about a culture different than ours is part of being smarter, but I consider it as a benefits of traveling in itself. There is a quote by Saint Augustine, which goes “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page”. You could think of it this way: if you read what's in the news or watch the news on TV and don't question it, you're missing on a ton of information. You might think that it makes you smarter and more aware of the world, but it's the exact opposite: it narrows your mind to a unique and biased perspective.
Sure, you probably feel comfortable where you are, but that is just a fraction of the world! If you are a student, take advantage of programs such as Erasmus to get to know more people, experience and understand their culture. Dare traveling to regions you have a skeptical opinion about. I bet that you will change your mind and realize that everything is not so bad abroad.
5. Traveling Makes You More Interesting
I have no doubt that you're quite the conversationalist. That being said, including a few stories from abroad is likely to grant you even more attention. Mentioning something that most people aren't familiar with or bring a new perspective is always a good way to shine in a social situation. No need to write a whole travel essay, just discuss what you've seen and where you've been: people who are accustomed to their daily life will travel with your words.
During my trip to Egypt, my Airbnb host and I went out for dinner. He had been to some many different places, the conversation lasted all night long, and I wasn't bored for one minute.
 

x1heavy

Active Member
Ive had a lifetime of travel. Couple millions of miles worth give or take. There is no place in the USA I have not been. Parts of mexico and canada as well. Even the UK and Bermuda etc.

If I wanted to travel it will be with a vehicle that has a DOT sleeper in the back. No hotels to worry about and frankly I cannot sleep in those places unless they met my rather high standards. And maybe a number of places I would not mind visiting again. However... times change and Google Earth has shown me just how much they have changed. Enough to remove a place from a future travel.

When I travel on the highway I am a trucker. 700 to 1000 miles every 24 to 30 hours. Roll until arrival. I can and have crossed the USA 3000 miles straight through without sleep etc. Takes about 54 hours at 65. With my big 26 gallon tank it will cost me 12 fillups at about 100 each roughly on average. $1200.00 And there is the issue of about 20 hours of unbroken sleep to restore the mind and body after that kind of marathon.

Its not worth it.

What I do instead if I wanted to travel say to Lancaster on the east coast... call up a timeshared light jet. I think its about 3000.00 round trip from my level two Field nearby to Lancaster as long there is a strip large enough (*About 6000 feet for short take off and 2000 to land) to get the Jet in and out. About 5 hours from Arkansas to Lancaster and another 5 hours back when done depending on Washington Center which has changed a great deal since 9-11. You cannot penetrate that airspace without a prefiled and approved flight plan now and at 51,000 feet and mach .90 you are above most airliners lumbering along below you stuffed like cattle cars.

I rode my last overcrowded and stinky overflowing toilet greyhound years ago. I flew my last overstuffed commercial then as well. That leaves train as a alternative. 16 hours Texas Eagle to Chicago, sit two then another 16 to Baltimore via Weverly Sandpatch division (Harpers Ferry-DC) with a sleeper room and toilet etc. Thats about a thousand one way or a little more. IF I wanted to get to seattle or LA its about 3 to 4 days or a little more subject to freight traffic scheduling which will make your passenger train sit sidelined going no where for periods of time waiting on them.

Travel? Certainly. Where to?

Thats another thing. I am like the worst person to travel with. If you needed to stop every 5 minutes to camp wannapeepee... I would have you on a special urine catch system made for small planes. Empty that out at the end of the trip wherever we are going then sanitize it. When we travel we roll. And nothing like a trucker intent on a long way to go and a short time to get there to frazzle the poor passengers who are already carsick 4 hours in with another 40 to go.
 
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jjuliajul11

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I really travel a lot as it gives me pleasure. But there is no great opportunity because of the covid, and I am worried about my health. Last summer I was at sea, but before that on Canadian pharmacy I read about vitamins for prevention, because of this I was calmer. Fortunately, everything is fine with me. I'm waiting for everything to stop so that I can travel normally again.
 

Weshoulddo

Active Member
I really travel a lot as it gives me pleasure. But there is no great opportunity because of the covid, and I am worried about my health. Last summer I was at sea, but before that on Canadian pharmacy I read about vitamins for prevention, because of this I was calmer. Fortunately, everything is fine with me. I'm waiting for everything to stop so that I can travel normally again.
Exactly! I also used to travel a lot before but now no more. I really missed all those days.
 

saxxykitty78

Active Member
I used to travel by buses and light rail and bart but when covid-19 happened.. I had to stay home for too long.. but I hope things get better so I can make up for lost time... cuz it's frustrating that i don't go out on my own anymore. if i want go out must be with parents it is annoying.. yeah I always wear mask but harder to wear when I go in public tho.. I want go las vegas for deaf nation but probably I will go other time cuz this year no. cuz risk is invovled cuz not all are vaccinated till end of this year. tho
 
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