1. Make your doctor proud
Traveling has many health benefits - from cutting down on stress, to lowering your chances of developing a heart disease. It’s also a great cure for depression - book a ticket, hop on a plane and explore an unknown city, country or a continent. Breaking up with routine alone is a huge plus for your mental well-being. So next time you’re wondering - just head anywhere, maybe even France - even if you’ve been there, I’m sure there are still things you haven’t done!
2. Expand your actual social network
Believe it or not, the social network was once like a real thing - in real life. Crazy, I know. Establishing connections and building a network abroad is one of the smartest things you can do in today’s increasingly globalized world. The Erasmus program was designed with this in mind, and remains one of the easiest and most affordable ways of spending some time away from home while studying, travelling, and even getting some work experience.
3. You sound smarter when talking to your friends
“I just checked my PNR to make sure my gastro-tourism trip was not a red-eye flight.” Doesn’t it sound kind of cooler than “I looked at my booking number to make sure I was not going to fly overnight on my trip to taste the local food”, right? You can actually learn a lot of words that will make you sound travel-savvy, and who knows - maybe that’s always a good way to shine in a social situation.
4. It’s the good way to spend your money
There’s a quote by St Augustine, which goes something along the line of “the world is a book and those who do not travel only read the first page”. There’s another one by Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.” So I don’t know if you’re much of a reader or not, but it’s never too late to start. Because as cliche as this may sound, the money you spend on travel, is an investment in yourself. Money doesn’t buy you happiness, but travel and coffee are pretty damn close!
5. Feel like a pioneer - discover new places
Despite the fact that the world has never been as well connected as today, there are still places that are little known to the average tourist. Setting up a list of places you want to visit is extremely motivating - you’ll have something tangible to go after. I’m currently working on mine, but I promise I’ll keep you posted, c’est promis!
6. Disconnect from your daily life
We tend to be so caught up in our daily lives that sometimes by simply sticking around we may cause 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’s best to take a step back, take a deep breath and take that Tower Bridge selfie. In all seriousness, travel is not a bad option - it’s the most natural way of inducing the feeling you miss someone or that you’re missed. Just make sure you’re not too impulsive or make some of these common travel mistakes.
In a nutshell, travel has many benefits, and I think I’ve just discovered one more - writing about it! So stay tuned and subscribe for more posts to come soon!