So. Why travel? It’s expensive, it’s time-consuming, there are hundreds of things that could go wrong, it could be dangerous…the excuses go on. However, my rebuttal to these arguments would be, there are many more reasons to travel as opposed to not travel.
The Huffington Post states that traveling can make you an overall happier person by: opportunities to learn new things; find your self-confidence through new experiences; making new friends; allows social media detox; and creating lifelong memories. In an article published on the Greater Good in Action website by Berkeley, studies show that happier people have lower blood pressure and heart rates, stronger immune systems, less stressed, fewer physical pains, and longer life spans.
In addition, traveling helps to widen your perspective of the world and how you view and interact with other people. Sarah Hansen, in her article 7 Reasons You Should Travel While You’re Young, states, “I grew up in a tiny rural town. If I hadn’t had the opportunity to travel when I was younger, I would have a difficult time envisioning much else outside my comfortable country bubble.” This is a common circumstance in America. Many people do not travel, for personal, financial, or time commitment reasons, and as a result they may be limiting themselves by preventing the widening of their perspective. Classic author Mark Twain affirms this by saying, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
So. Why travel? Because traveling broadens your perspective, makes you happier, and educates you. In my book, the positives far outweigh the negatives!