The “Eat, Pray, Love” effect is real. Every time you allow yourself to leave your comfort zone, it leaves you a little more room to grow. Travel opens the door to create new memories. Gain new experiences and grow feelings for places and people you might’ve not otherwise had. It offers an opportunity to be present in yourself, a break in your routine and the ability to get some distance between your daily sources of stress. Stepping back from your routine can ideally help you gain perspective and make you appreciate what you already have even more.
- The Calmness in You-time
One of the greatest gifts travel probably can give you is finding calmness and happiness in unplugging for a bit and focusing on what you need most: leisure and relaxation, the effects of giving yourself a vacation and traveling away from home helps your problems to seem a bit more manageable. The focus can be more about you and less about your obligations. It makes you appreciative for the new moments you were able to experience while away and allows you to be more open and excited for the continued journey ahead.
- Getting in Touch with New People and Ideas
The journey of taking a vacation and traveling to places you have never been is always bound to influence you in some way. It can help you gain new points of view about the way you live your life and also help you to better appreciate what you have. Learning about different cultures is enlightening and it shows you that the world is a lot bigger than you might remember to see it as. Traveling introduces you to cultural diversity and being immersed in the daily lives of people who might be far removed from your own, helps you to embrace all of the differences and appreciate human beings and life more in general.
- Provides New Experiences
Along with all of the other many positive aspects of happiness travel can bring, it’s also a new way to feel recharged and invigorated after your return. You are exposed to new experiences, be it through new foods, cultures and customs, traveling helps to expand your understanding of the world and different lifestyles. Traveling is healthy and beneficial for you, it allows you to experience sights, smells, and flavors that differ from what you’re expose to daily. This is all distinctive and invigorating for your mental health.
- Being away makes you appreciate your family and home
Traveling alone or with someone special to you is a great way to gain further appreciation for them. It can help solidify an already strong bond through your time together traveling or make you feel nostalgic to be home to spend time with them if they are not with you. Whether you’re creating wonderful memories together or apart from your loved ones, the act of getting away makes a home feel a little more special and gives you clarity how it all fits a little more perfectly than you might’ve realized before.