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…
Reasons to travel
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 there are many benefits of traveling. Travel in and of itself is actually good – good for you and good for the world.
So ditch the guilt, and check out these 5 really good reasons to travel!
1) Travel creates and supports jobs
About 1 in 10 jobs around the world are supported by travel and tourism – almost 320 million jobs in 2019, 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 swim with whale sharks in Mexico, explore Mallorca or spot Komodo dragons in Indonesia than buy a new car?
4) Health benefits of traveling
There are other benefits of travel too.
You catch up on your sleep (no alarm clock going off) and sleep quality improves when you go on holiday.
Studies also 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.
5) Why travel? It’s fun!
Do you need another reason why travel is important?
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…