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20 Ways Travel Makes People Happier Than Money

ShannonFebruary 28, 2020
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11. Building Confidence

When you travel alone, you encounter a lot of scary situations. You have to figure out a new public transportation system, walk unfamiliar city streets, and be on the lookout for pickpockets. The idea of dealing with this can be so anxiety-inducing that some people will stop themselves from ever trying in the first place. In your daily life, it’s easy to feel confident with your routine because you have done it a million times before. However, everyone is capable of overcoming challenges to get something done.  If you can go somewhere on your own and survive, it gives you this amazing sense of confidence you never had before. 

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Traveling helps to build your confidence facing new situations, but it also helps you feel more self-assured in who you are as a person. When you feel confident in who you are, it’s easy to ignore negative comments from haters. Confidence is one of the most attractive traits in another person, so it could potentially help you find a boyfriend or girlfriend if you’re single. It’s also considered to be one of the traits common among some of the most successful people in the world. We can’t promise that traveling will completely get rid of your insecurities,  but it will help you feel more confident than before. 

Traveling with your kids will help them be more open-minded as adults. Credit: Shutterstock

10. Kids Get An Amazing Experience

If you have kids, traveling can give them an amazing experience that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. They’ll tell the stories of their travels to their friends, which might help them connect with other people who have had similar experiences. 

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Your children will also always have that memory of going somewhere new and exciting. Children are like little sponges, absorbing information from the world around them. You could spend money to pay for the best schools in the world, but there is no substitute for real-life experiences. So by exposing kids to history, culture, and different ways of life, they’re going to be a lot more open-minded and curious about the world at large. In turn, they are more likely to grow up to be successful, well-rounded adults.

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9. Building Social Skills

When you are traveling, you might be going to a country where you don’t speak the same language. If you’re alone, and you need help to figure out where you are going, you may have no choice but to approach someone who can’t speak English. This seems like a nerve-wracking prospect to some people, but it forces you to get out of your shell. And if you’re young and on a tight budget, you probably have to stay in a hostel. This means that you will have roommates and kind of feels like going through the college experience all over again. If you have been resting on your laurels of adult life, it quickly reminds you how to be more social.

Some people make new life-long friends when they travel. Credit: Burst by Shopify

Overcoming difficult social situations will help you to gain confidence in communication. Once you return home from your trip, it will suddenly feel a lot easier to socialize with people in your normal life. Compared to living in a country where you can’t speak the language, speaking to people in your day-to-day life is easy.

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8. Gaining Real-Life Education

There’s no denying that getting an education is making an investment in yourself.  Most people who get a college degree put tens of thousands of dollars into learning the skills they need to gain employment. Traveling teaches you things in real life. This is especially true if you go to museums,  historic landmarks, and take guided tours. You’re far more likely to remember information that you learned being somewhere in real life than reading it from a textbook.

Take your kids to museums whenever possible, to help expand their education. Credit: Shutterstock

When we sit in a classroom, we are often learning about famous battles from war, the Holocaust, kings, queens, and much more. These facts are an important part of human history, but it can be difficult to absorb and really understand the impact of that information. Many of us live in a kind of bubble of our day-to-day experiences. But once you see these things in real life, it becomes much more real. This is mainly why kids who travel from an early age tend to do well in school if they can connect what they learn in the classroom to something they saw in reality.

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7. Fun

The most obvious reason why travel makes people happier than money is that it’s a lot of fun. You get to go somewhere new and have a new experience. Many people like to go to a famous landmark, amusement park, or museum that is something they have always wanted to check off of their bucket list.

Traveling creates amazing memories with your friends that will last a lifetime. Credit: Shutterstock

Sure, shopping can be fun too. Usually, spending money on things that you want is something that you do alone. But traveling is typically done with friends, especially if you’re going to a special landmark.  This can be far more enjoyable than doing something on your own and is a much better use of the money you have worked hard for.

Traveling can help you appreciate the simple things about being home. Credit: Burst by Shopify

6. You Appreciate Your Home More

Sometimes, daily life can feel like you are running in a hamster wheel, working really hard without going anywhere. So if you crave travel, you probably want to get as far away from your home as humanly possible. But no matter how fun a trip may be, there is no replacement for home. This is especially true if you come back to see your pets, family, and friends.

Home is the one place where you can truly relax. Credit: Kaboom Pics

As the saying goes, “home is where the heart is.” When you take the time to travel, you will certainly appreciate the smallest things about the place you live. It might be the local restaurant with the amazing food you crave or the comfort of your own bed. These are the small things that can make you really happy when you know that you should appreciate these tiny little details about your everyday life. Sometimes, it’s impossible to appreciate something until it’s gone.

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5. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

According to Psychology Today, traveling with your partner can strengthen a relationship. This is especially true for road trips where you might go through some challenging situations. If the two of you can get through a difficult time together, it only makes you stronger. And, obviously, when you experience something fun together, you now associating these beautiful memories with your partner too. You feel as though you will go on amazing adventures together throughout your life.

Being apart from your partner can bring you closer. Credit: Burst by Shopify

On the flip side, if you are traveling alone and leaving your partner behind, this could be either a very good, or very bad thing. Some couples find that when they spend less time together, they love and appreciate their partner more when they are around. As the saying goes, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

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4. Stress Relief

No matter how much you enjoy your daily life, you’re bound to experience stressful situations. For some people, they feel stress more often than happiness or relaxation. When you travel, you’re completely detaching yourself from your real life. You are physically surrounded by a new place, and you won’t have the ability to clean your house or run errands like you normally would.

If you go on vacation, you can truly relax. Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re on vacation, you have permission to stop worrying, because the things that stress you out are far away. This feeling of relaxation is amplified if you go somewhere like a tropical island resort where everything you could possibly need is provided for you, and all you have to do is lie by the pool or beach.

The excitement of anticipating your trip is part of why travel makes people happy. Credit: Shutterstock

3. The “After-Glow”

Researchers from Cornell University observed the fact people get excited leading up to their vacation, and they are happy while they are traveling. Even when they come home, they still feel a sort of afterglow in the happy memories of their trip. They might even have plans to travel again in the future, which continues their excitement about life in general.

Even after a vacation is over, many people experience an after-glow. Credit: Shutterstock

In theory, if you travel on a regular basis, you should always have this happy anticipation and after-glow. Of course, some people who travel full-time will feel burned out, because they don’t have any opportunity to decompress and enjoy being home. If you can master a balance between the two, you just might find that life is a lot more exciting.

Traveling has been known to boost your creativity. Credit: Kaboom Pics

2. It Boosts Creativity 

For generations, artists and writers have traveled the world in order to spark their creativity. Sometimes, it’s difficult to feel inspired when you see the same place every day. No matter how many movies and documentaries you see, there is no replacement for going somewhere grand. So many great artists were inspired by creators who came before them, and it wouldn’t be possible if they didn’t visit their work in real life.

Have writer’s block? It may be time to go on a trip. Credit: Kaboom Pics

Traveling forces you to use all of your senses, and take in more information than you may have otherwise. When you travel, you will open your mind, and it forces you to change perspective in order to see other people experiencing their way of life. Sometimes, having a perspective shift is the one thing that will make a huge difference in getting a project done.

At the end of the day, experiences are more valuable than things. Credit: Burst by Shopify

1. Experiences Are More Valuable Than Things

The last and most important reason why you should travel is that experiences are more valuable than things. Years from now, when you are old looking back on your life, what will you remember?  Most people look back on their relationships, regrets, and all the experiences that made them happy. They aren’t thinking about the things they bought. All of that money they spent to buy things they want in the moment doesn’t matter when your life is over.

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Maybe you will remember the special items that you owned, like a wedding dress or something else that really stood out. However, the objects that hold the most meaning to us are usually connected to a big event, like getting married, graduation, or the birth of our child. For everything else in their life that they purchased, it all sort of goes away. If you live your life in a more minimalist way and choose to spend your money on experiences instead of things, you’re far more likely to be happy.

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