You have more and steamier sex when you go on vacation. Sex is better in hotels. And couples who travel together have a richer sex life and more romantic relationships than couples who don’t.
Are you racing to phone your travel agent now? This alone should be good enough reason to book that trip you’ve been thinking about :-).
But there’s more…
At a local joint SATW and TMAC travel writers’ meeting recently, Katherine O’Shea-Evans, Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure spoke on travel trends and the business of travel writing. Her comments on the guilty pleasure of travel resonated with us.
Sometimes it’s hard for us not to feel a little guilty pursuing our dual passions – travel (especially luxury travel) and travel writing/photography. Perhaps you too feel a little guilty sipping mai tais on Maui, when so many people in the world have so much less than us.
Shouldn’t we be doing more to help “save the world” instead?
But travel in and of itself is good – good for you and good for the world.
So here’s our list of 5 good reasons to travel:
1) Travel creates and supports jobs
More than 1 in 11 jobs around the world are supported by travel and tourism – nearly 266 million jobs in 2013, in fact. Now don’t you feel good slurping spaghetti in a Tuscany trattoria, knowing you’re supporting your server’s job?
2) Travel bridges cultures
Travel opens your eyes to new cultures and helps you understand the world better. It fosters tolerance and empathy. It also helps people in other countries understand where you come from.
You’re a good ambassador for your own country just by being a “nice” person when you travel (i.e., you’re patient with restaurant servers, you tip the chambermaid and you’re polite to touts and shopkeepers).
3) Travel supports the world economy
Travel and tourism represent 9% of the world’s GDP (gross domestic product).
The contribution to global GDP is more than double that of the automotive industry. (And wouldn’t you rather explore Spain’s prettiest town, twirl chopsticks in a Hong Kong noodle shop or spot Komodo dragons in Indonesia than buy a buy a new car?)
4) Travel is good for your health
You catch up on your sleep (no alarm clock going off) and sleep quality improves when you go on holiday. Studies show that active vacations (like golf and hiking trips) help reduce job stress. And getting some sun in winter (hello Mexico!) helps combat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) if you live in sun-deprived northern climes.
After cruising the Mediterranean or hiking Machu Pichu, you’re likely to return home refreshed and better able to tackle whatever the world throws at you.
5) Travel is fun!
Travel brings joy into your life and re-connects you with your family. Aren’t some of your happiest moments those of building sand castles on a holiday beach with your children, or exploring a new city, hand-in-hand with your loved one?
That happiness is contagious…