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Susan Ozei: 10 Reasons Why Travelling is Good For You

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Travel is important because it fundamentally transforms us. This experience of waking up to the power of your own transformation fires you up to be the change you want to see in the world.

By taking a break from your daily life, unplugging from the pulls and pushes of technology and engaging in new activities in new places, you have an easier opportunity to release unwanted habits. Also, it is empowering to surround yourself with people who don’t know the encyclopedia of your past. It reinforces your willingness to broaden your horizons, to get unstuck and to move in new directions.

So here are 10 reasons why you should travel!

Gives us time to heal, reduces stress and helps us regain enthusiasm for life
Travel simply makes you happier. You face your challenges and learn how to win your fears, you achieve your personal goals, and you feel satisfied with yourself. You become wiser and more relaxed. You create new memories, day by day. Can you imagine how great that feels? It’s about being pleased with your life. Even your bad times will turn into good memories that will make you laugh. Happiness will be your travel mate.

Gives us a break from our fast-paced lives
Traveling to other parts of the world, particularly less developed countries, is a way of simultaneously escaping your own problems and putting those problems into perspective. Seeing new things and meeting new people can help you get out of the cycle of working and worrying, and your own problems may not seem so large when you see the context of how most of the rest of the world lives.

Connects us to other cultures and people
There’s something satisfying about being able to throw around a few words of Greek, knowing how to say hello and thanks in Thai, pulling out that long dormant Spanish to book a room in Santiago, or simply hearing a language you didn’t know existed just a few weeks before.

Expands our awareness and introduces us to greater diversity
If you are open to it, travel will simply make you a better-rounded human being. Which is really the goal, isn’t it? The satisfaction you get when reaching the top of the mountain, or crossing a gorge, or helping a villager clean up after a storm, or simply getting what you wanted at restaurant in rural China, these things all allow access to skill sets you didn’t know you had

Helps us break habits: mentally, physically, and emotionally
When you travel, you understand how unnecessary some things are and you start filling your life with experiences instead of things. You are occupied with the beautiful serene that nature can make.

It helps you feel free full of energy and alive
Living a comfortable life, doesn’t mean being fully alive. But when you leave your comfort zone and travel, you feel better and lighter. You act by yourself and you live fully. It’s like an adrenaline rush and there’s nothing like it to make you feel alive. In less words? Travel to be alive!

Promotes patience by releasing heavy expectations of the “one right way” mentality thereby allowing life to flow more organically
When we travel we meet people who are not has privilege as we are and yet they are happy and hopeful that there is light at the end of the tunnel. You learn from the different customs and traditions of people that there is no absolute rule in life of who you can be but life is what you make out of it.

It helps improve couples sexual relationship
According to a survey, couples who travel together have a better sexual relationship than couples who don’t travel together. Traveling together cuts the work and stress into half, enough to spark romance and affection. According to the survey more than three quarters of those who traveled admitted that they have a good sex life.

Helps you get to know yourself better: the true you is rediscovered
Traveling with all the challenges it presents and opportunities, let’s you discover who you are in a way that only the road brings. While traveling you rediscover yourself and you figure out what really matters to you. You learn how weak you are and how strong you are. You learn your limits. You follow your instincts and start trusting in yourself.

Provides learning and education about places and history
Seeing the world provides a source of education absolutely impossible get in school.

Photo Credit: Dreamstime | Pablo Hidalgo

Susan Ozei is a writer with Aspom Travel Agency in Lagos(www.aspomtravel.com). Susan is widely knowledgeable and passionate about helping people with their travel needs. Her experience in the travel industry motivated her several articles on how travel can improve one’s personal well being, relationships and knowledge.

15 Comments

  1. Winnie

    November 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    True! I remember travelling to Berlin to clear my head from one otondo man *now ex* and coming to my realization that there’s so much beauty life’s got to offer so why kill myself on top one man when man is not the bread of life. And i broke up with him when I got back from clearing my head. I miss my globetrotting days.

  2. lolipop

    November 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    @winnie…..I wish I can love your comments 1000tyms….m so relating witu on dis

  3. JADE

    November 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Yes o! I love to travel, the joy of seeing new beautiful places, learning about the history and cultures different from that you grew up in is exhilarating to me, i remember back packing through Europe, i made friends from all over the world bunking in hostels, sometimes changing routes because one person has told you about this amazing place you just had to see, like Majorca! mehn those were the days. And yay! my leave starts on friday and me and boify are going to london and paris for 10 days!!! whoop whoop. My next holiday has to be a cruise though, to the Bahamas!!!!! Can i get an amen somebody?!?!?

    • lolipop

      November 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      amen ooo…but not paris for now!!!

    • JADE

      November 17, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      LOL Thank you ooo, well tickets have been booked and paid for already so yes paris!

    • Tafia

      November 17, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Pa whatttttttt? change your route my sister. you don’t want to be in a country where there is a state of emergency pronounce.. Amen to Bahamas!!!

    • Simi

      November 17, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      Paris is probably the safest place right now

  4. winnie lolipop & jade

    November 17, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Y’all from the same office.
    kontinu

  5. Dupe

    November 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Oga oh! I like to travel too. A lot, in fact. But where’s the money? *sigh* It’d be nice just to get away from everyone and everything, go on a break, vacation some place nice but… it is well o jare! I bookmarked this article. Will read it again when I have the means to travel.

    • Bolanle

      November 18, 2015 at 11:21 am

      lol Dupe , it is determination, booking ahead and grabbing discounts. Not everybody has rich family and oil job. Just be determined and have a friend to ginger you. Trust me it works. So start now !!!

  6. Suwa

    November 17, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I really need to travel from myself…

  7. o

    November 17, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I just got back from a trip in Sept, a trip that took me to 3 diff countries in 2 continents. And, hard to believe, but I’m already dreaming of my next trip. I must have been a nomad in my previous life, because I have itchy feet. And way before I ever stepped foot in a plane, I always wrote “Travelling” as my hobby. It has a way of opening your eyes to the world. A quote says “Travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer”- Unknown

    • amaa

      November 18, 2015 at 3:18 am

      It’s called wanderlust gene its genetic.

  8. Lolarae

    November 18, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Traveling is life
    To see people live differently and having things work for them shapes your mind in such a positive way I am doing Miami and Barbados.

    Tired of Europe Lol

  9. Alice

    November 18, 2015 at 10:35 am

    i want to travel but my wallet disagrees ….

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