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20 Ways Travel Makes People Happier Than Money

ShannonFebruary 28, 2020
Traveling has been known to help strengthen relationships. Credit: Burst by Shopify

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.”

Traveling can provide a lot of stress relief. Credit: Shutterstock

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.

Don’t live your life with regret. Credit: Burst by Shopify

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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