Statistics on travel:
- When students travel abroad they are more likely to complete a college degree and report higher earning.
- Workers who take time off are more productive
- Majority of leisure travelers say that they have more sex on vacation, which is also good for health.
- Travel and tourism generate enough revenue to save $1,000 more - taxes in each US household.
- Travel supports more than 14.4 million jobs in the US
The intangible benefits of travel
Expand your mind
When you travel you tend to see the world from a different perspective and hence it expands your mind. On the other hand, when we are consistently used to a specific way of living, then our mind tends to become closed to many of life’s possibilities.
Become more flexible
However, much you plan your travel, there is always an element of unpredictability. Most travelers need to allow for large margins for sudden changes in their itinerary. As a result, people who travel a lot learn to be more flexible, which is a great quality making life much easier in the long run.
Put things in perspective
To everyone, his or her problems are the worst in the world, however, when we see the suffering of others we realize we are much better off. When we see other people’s problems we don’t feel that daunted by our problems. As a result, a lot of our stress is reduced along with alleviating our depression that may be lingering in our mind and body.
Try new health foods
When we travel we are compelled to leave our comfort zones and try the local foods available at travel destinations. As a result, our bodies get different nutrients that we are not used to which adds an aspect of health to our travel.
Be more active
When we travel we indulge in sightseeing, walking, hiking or water sports. As a result, we are more active while we immerse ourselves in the new place. This also provides much-needed exercise to the body.
Build team synergy or family unity
When we travel with a group or with our family, everyone comes closer together by sharing new experiences.
We often face culture shocks and language barriers when we travel and then we are required to take a deep breath and not sweat the small stuff. This, in turn, builds on the quality of patience.