Personally, travel has always been of huge importance to me. I’ve learnt more while travelling than I ever thought possible.
As a family, we have prioritised experiences over possessions for many years, and it has contributed immensely not only to our personal growth but to our happiness.
Here are the reasons why it could contribute to your happiness too:
I’d like to add that the memory of experiences while travelling will last forever; a new sofa or smartphone definitely won’t!
Visiting countries that experience poverty can be humbling and life-changing.
Our small complaints seem irrelevant when so many others have so little yet are still able to smile.
Doing what we want, eating when we want and sleeping when we want brings great freedom.
It makes us realise how much we ‘clock watch’ in our daily lives and reminds us that it feels good to let time be irrelevant occasionally!
Can you even imagine the effect it has on us when to travel to immerse ourselves in nature?
Doing what other cultures do encourages us to think in different ways and create new ideas. Scientist refer to this as cognitive flexibility.
If you are more cognitively flexible, then you will be more creative.
If you wonder if you should travel more, then my question to you is, “At the end of your life, will you remember your cultural experience or the smartphone that bought at the age of 40?”.
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