Why Travel Makes Us Happy

Updated: Sep 28

Travelling is great for morale and there is good evidence that travel is one of the best ways to experience the joys of life. Going on vacation puts smiles on our faces, before, during and after our departures. The benefits and unforgettable memories we gain while travelling are countless.


A recent study by Cornell University found that we tend to be more happy when we spend money on experiences rather than material objects. They indicated the reason behind this is that we "adapt" to physical objects, meaning that the happiness we had when we purchased an object fades away as days pass once we get used to it. Think of the clutter in your life and all the useless things you have acquired. They indicated that travel in particular brings us a lot more joy, even when we think of the travel decades past.


Travel is also a great way for young people and children to boost their confidence in everyday life. According to a study done by psychologist Amandine Legrand, 65% of people who travel abroad boost their confidence levels significantly and this led to leading better lives at home and at the workplace.


Travel also allows us to develop and use skills that are very useful in the workplace. Many travellers find that they gain skills like adaptability and creativity when globetrotting. In fact, employers look for people who have travelled extensively because they perceive travellers as resourceful, adaptable, independent and brave.


Travel also is also very introspective and allows us to find deeper meaning within ourselves. Travel allows us to broaden our horizons and discover or break our own limits. Visiting new places allows us to look and experience the new wonders, but also allows us to explore ourselves.


Not only do we have a chance to reflect on our own soul, travel also allows us to be more open-minded. We can visit other cultures and religions across a diverse landscape and come to appreciate where they are coming from and how they are trying to fit in the world. Travel allows us to become worldly and more sensitive to topics that affect the world.


And for those of us getting on in our age, travel keeps us young! Yes, travel is the truly the fountain of youth. This was revealed by a study done by the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies in collaboration with the U.S. Travel Association. According to the results, reported by the Los Angeles Times, women who vacation every six years or less are, for example, more likely to have a heart attack or develop heart disease, as opposed to those who vacation at least twice a year.


Travel not only keeps us healthy in body, but also in mind. If we travel often, we usually pick up a few phrases here and there of a foreign language and according to the Journal of Neurolinguistics, picking up a new language is excellent for our brains and there is evidence that it delays the onset or eliminates the effects of Alzheimer's disease.


And if you want to feel better in mind, body and soul, travel also has you covered. According to a study done by the U.S. Travel Association, after one or two days, 89% of travellers observe a significant decrease in their stress levels.


Travel is priceless and travel memories are indeed priceless as well. And with these memories we can become happier, healthier and overall a better person!


Happy Travels!



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