9 Reasons Why We Should All Travel
Good afternoon all, I hope you have had a great weekend. Welcome to the first instalment in my new series '9 Reasons Why'. In this post, I am going to be focussing on why I believe we should all travel. Having worked in the travel industry for 25 years and having explored many, many destinations along the way, I think its safe to say, travel is a big part of my life and has been for a long, long time. There are so many reasons why travelling is important to me and I'd like to share a few of those reasons with you now - some of which I am hoping you can relate to.
Breaking the routine - This first reason to travel is a very important one. Our lives are built around routine. Although our daily routines may differ from one another, they very rarely change day to day and week to week. A very generalised example of this is that we wake up, we have breakfast, we start work, we have our dinner, we watch TV and then we go to bed. Breaking routine is very important as it allows for the element of surprise and allows us to jump away from our comfort zone and experience new things. A holiday is a break away from the norm which will have us returning to that unavoidable routine feeling refreshed and ready to go again.
Broadening our horizons - It is very easy to stay within our every day blinkered box. There is no real need for our minds to wander any further than they need to on a daily basis. Travelling allows us to think deeper. It allows us to appreciate other ways of life and other cultures. For a moment, it allows us to think a little further than our own four walls and take an interest in what else may be out there for us to discover. After all, the world is a very big place. We are just minnows in a very, very big pond.
Experience new tastes - Now for those of you that know me well, you will know that food has always been an interest of mine. Travelling not only allows you to try new foods but it allows you to experience the way different foods are cooked too. It allows you to take in new smells and taste foods that you would never dream of trying at home. I would advise everyone to at least try the local delicacy wherever you are in the world. You never know, you may return home with a new family favourite!
Quality time with loved ones - I think that we may all be guilty of complacency at times. Again, we come back to routine and as mentioned, routine is unavoidable but holidays allow for quality time with your partner or family which can see relationships rekindle and wounds heal. I have heard stories of couples falling in love all over again after a break away from the norm. Make time for each other. Take a break away from everything. Sit, with your loved ones, and talk over a lovely meal and a glass of your favourite tipple.
Travel is good for the soul - I am sure that every one of you has experienced this. How good do you feel when you've just returned from a break away? I know that I personally return with a spring in my step and a smile on my face. The common phrase 'you look well' is often used to describe someone who has returned from a holiday. There is a glow about someone who has recently returned from an overseas trip. A warmth and a sense of rejuvenation surrounds them - that right there, is their soul-shine.
A renewed appreciation - Depending on where you are visiting, you may experience a certain amount of poverty and a distinct difference in living environments. There are countries around the world that will have a lasting impact on you and have you returning home with a renewed appreciation for everything in your bubble. I remember returning from Sri Lanka with a real appreciation of everything that I have in my life. My house, the food on my table and the good health of friends and family. All of these things suddenly meant a lot more to me and I learned to appreciate them daily. Travelling opens our eyes to those that may be less fortunate and I never think that's a bad thing.
Change of climate - Whether you are looking for a beach holiday in the sun or a magical Christmas break to Lapland in the snow, we all need a break from the norm when it comes to weather. I know that I feel this quite often living in the UK with such a mixed bag of weather from day to day but that feeling when you disembark the aircraft and you are hit by the heat as the doors open, is priceless. The sun in particular improves our mood, soaks up Vitamin D and allows us to enjoy the great outdoors.
Something to look forward to - I have always said that one of the keys to happiness is to always make sure you have a break away booked. It doesn't have to be an overseas trip but having a break of some sort pencilled in gives us all something to look forward to. It helps us get through those dreary winter months and gives us something to focus on. I know a lot of people who cannot wait to book another holiday the moment they return from one.
Meet new people - Finally, travelling more often than not, introduces us to new people. Travelling and holidays is often a hot conversation starter and I am sure many of you have sat around the pool or sat next to someone on a flight and found yourself making conversation about where you are off to, who you booked through and where you have travelled to in the world. Life long friends can be made whilst travelling and the subject often brings people together to share stories of previous adventures and future travel plans. It's good to talk!
Thank you so much for reading as always. I am sure you'll agree that the 9 reasons above make for a very good excuse to secure that next holiday - not that you need an excuse to create memories. You know where I am should you need assistance in planning that next adventure. I very much look forward to hearing from you soon.