Travel gives us our most cherished memories, enables us to tell our greatest stories and leaves us with countless irreplaceable learnings that we can choose to pay forward to others.
It teaches us about each other and ourselves, it vastly broadens our horizons and it forces us to refocus on what really matters.
In today’s tech-focused world, social media may well be the perfect platform to showcase the world’s beauty to couch travellers across the globe, but travel is so much more than just getting that picture-perfect Instagram image. For us at Flight Centre, we want to open the world to those who want to not only see, but to also, fall in love with travel, because…travel should be meaningful, it should ignite passion, it should excite and inspire you, ground and rejuvenate you, open your mind and challenge you.
We’ve listed our top 10 reasons to fall in love with travel below. So read on and discover why travelling has become so much more than simply getting from A to B.
A demanding job. The loss of a loved one. A bad breakup. We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. A break from the old routine and a fresh perspective can be a great relief from the stress and unhappiness that come along through difficult times. Most of us are looking for our travels to be what we don’t have at home: nicer scenery, better weather and the freedom to do what we want when we want to.
We seek experiences that we don’t normally have, a slower relaxing pace.
Chilling on one of Mauritius’s sandy beaches or admiring masterpieces in an art gallery are wonderful breaks from the regular 9-5 grind.
Travel is particularly helpful for workaholics who have trouble switching off. Stepping away from the workplace is good for you both physically and mentally, and when you return to your job, you’ll have had the space to start with a renewed sense of energy.
One of the many side effects of a pandemic, apart from not being able to travel? Surely it’s missing the chance to celebrate those special milestone occasions with your nearest and dearest.
No doubt you’ve had to postpone celebrating a big birthday, an anniversary or even a significant life milestone with family and friends due to the restrictions on gatherings and overseas travel.
There’s never been a better year to make up for lost special moments from the last few years to finally tick off that big holiday you’ve been dreaming of for years. If you can’t currently travel to your bucket list destination don’t despair. Savvy travellers are booking now for later, snapping up the early booking specials to plan their trip for later in the year or next year when they’ll be able to travel and there’s always a happy reason to take a holiday!
It could be a landmark birthday or anniversary. A wedding or pre-wedding party. Graduation. What about a promotion? Even a babymoon before the little one arrives on the scene. A special occasion is made extra special by celebrating away from the hectic pace of life at home.
Everyone benefits from a break from the usual day to day routine. Holidays were invented for this very reason. All too often, we don’t even realise how much we need to disconnect from the never-ending, ever-present pressure of being constantly available by WhatsApp, social media and email. A restful holiday is just what you need to renew yourself. What makes for a perfect relaxed holiday for you, maybe completely different to someone else.Wellness retreats are an ideal solution when you are looking for the ultimate relax-cation. But everyone’s idea of a perfect rejuvenating vacation is different.
Travel helps your body and mind reboot in a way you can’t at home. In fact, 86% of people believe it improves their mood and outlook on life.
Whatever you need to recharge your batteries, do it! Let the new scenery charge your senses and you’ll soon start feeling alive again! Live day to day and focus only on what you are pursuing, then sit back, relax and feel the load being taken off.
The past two years have been a challenge, no doubt about that. But challenges come in two sizes, one where you are challenged one where you are the challenger! The latter means you’re craving new experiences.
Travel is the ideal place to test yourself. It pushes you straight out of that comfort zone and gives you a sense of freedom.
Something is liberating about discovering how resourceful you are when you’re exposed to new experiences, people and places. Maybe it’s finding your way around a busy city, ordering a meal off a menu that’s not in your language or even zip-lining? The pride you’ll feel will bring you joy and energy for future tests in life and you’ll realise just how capable you are!
Not all classrooms have four walls and travel is the best way to immerse yourself in geography, history, culture, gastronomy, languages, biology, sociology, the list goes on. It’s a crash course like no other. Travel enriches the mind and educates us far beyond any textbook or travel guide.
People may travel to learn something specific: a new language, a new cuisine, aspects of a different culture, or a deeper appreciation of faith or spirituality. Curious travellers learn about different landscapes, languages and lifestyles but they also learn about themselves (and each other) along the way.
By being exposed to new places, cultures and people you’ll develop a wider world view.
Learning is a strong reason why people love to travel. They want to experience something unfamiliar and leave with new skills, understanding and knowledge. Seeing the world is very educational, Every destination has something unique to teach visitors and when you are there, learning in a completely different world, it’s the best learning experience you’ll get!
You’ll gain a deep sense of satisfaction with the new skills you’ve learned – and new insights you’ve gained.
Conquering new territory is exhilarating - and one more reason why people love to travel. Humans crave discovery and travel lets us tap into that craving. An adventure awaits, every single time you take a trip and it is the perfect time to do something new, different and exciting.
The thrill starts the minute you arrive in new surroundings with a sense of the unknown. Conquering that territory could come in experiences like; trying spicy Asian street food or conversing in another language. It may be a more physical experience, like scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef or hiking the Inca Trail. No matter what adventure you seek, you are guaranteed to have lots of fun.
You’ll revel in the rush you get from your exploits.
And having your adrenaline pumping again is good for your body, mind and soul. You’ll gain a sense of accomplishment and return home with the best souvenirs of all: memories of an incredible adventure.
7.Expand your horizons
We open the world to those who want to see it, but when you travel more than the world opens up…so too, does your mind. Meeting people from other places will show you that your worldview isn’t the same as everyone else’s.
You realise that there’s not only one way to live life.
For starters, you can’t truly imagine how different life is in another place until you experience it for yourself. Every aspect of daily living, from work to family to beliefs to interests is not what you might expect from your own experience of these things. A different setting will also help you discover and consider fresh ideas and create new ideologies. You can enjoy a hosted dinner at most places with a family around the world these days and you’ll come home with different notions and possibilities. By being exposed to new places, people and cultures, you’ll develop a wider world view which in turn, make you a better-rounded global citizen.
Getting away from the stresses of daily life allows you to reflect on your own life. Now you have the much needed time and space to let your mind take stock. Travelling is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself. Every day travelling brings time to be with your thoughts and let your mind wander. It creates a world of thought-provoking ideas, a meditation into your life. At home you may tend to keep yourself busy to avoid spending time alone with your thoughts, this is not the case when you take a holiday.
As the mind starts to unwind and the body starts to relax, this is the perfect time to focus on your thoughts.
Road trips, plane journeys, relaxing in your hotel room or even sunbathing on the beach create ideal chances for you to consciously think without the distractions of the day to day drill. You’ll come home knowing yourself better, often with a fresh perspective on what you want to achieve out of life.
When you’re stuck in your daily life, it’s easy to lose sight of what you have. Work-life balance is a chore and throw a pandemic in the mix and it’s hard to appreciate the abundant blessing bestowed on you. Your eyes aren’t open to what’s really special about your life at home. Exploring another place will give you a fresh appreciation for your country, people and upbringing. Trust us, once you’ve returned, you’ll feel lucky to live where you do and have what you have.
There really is no place like home and travelling away from home proves just that.
There’s a great word that they use in Norway: “hygge”. This is the cosiness of your home. Sometimes it’s things you can’t quite define and other times it’s elements like candles, slippers, and throw blankets that create a soft, warm place to reside. It can be a feeling you only get when you’re home and that’s worth appreciating every day!
Shared experiences of travel bring people together. A family getaway, a romantic weekend or a long weekend with the girls or guys can strengthen important bonds. And with the demands of modern living, and loved ones spread across the country and world, families don’t have much time together.
Whatever it looks like for your friends and family, travel is a great opportunity to connect with each other. Couples, too, need to bond with each other away from home and work demands and sharing travel experiences can ignite fresh sparks that last long after the holiday.
Travel is also a great opportunity to make new friends – either fellow travellers or locals.
Meeting and befriending new people is a valuable travel benefit. And once you’ve bonded, new possibilities for future travel unfold – either to visit them or journey with them.
What’s your reason to fall in love with travel?
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