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5+ Really good reasons to travel

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You learn so much about other countries and cultures when you travel.

Travel helps you figure out who you are.

You make new friends when you travel.

And couples who travel have stronger romantic relationships.

One of the best reasons to travel? It helps keep the romance in your relationship.
Love is in the air for this couple in Thailand

How can you not fall in love even more with your partner when staying at one of the most romantic hotels in Venice or in a dreamy overwater bungalow in Bora Bora?

This reason alone should be enough to inspire you to travel.

But, wait, there are even more good reasons to travel!

Why travel? For one thing, it helps keep the romance in your relationship alive

Reasons to travel

At a local joint SATW and TMAC travel writers’ meeting, Katherine O’Shea-Evans, a journalist and former 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?

Don’t feel guilty day-dreaming in a Santorini pool – being there is helping the world

But there are many benefits of traveling.

Travel in and of itself is good. It’s good for you – so long as you don’t stress too much and actually enjoy your holiday – and it’s good for the world.

So ditch the guilt, and check out these 5 really good reasons to travel!

Be happy! Travel is good for you and the world

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?

Think of all the restaurant jobs you support when you travel, like this one in France
Think of all the restaurant jobs you support when you travel, like the server positions at this restaurant in France

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.

The Jewish quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City

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).

Temple guardian at the Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt
Temple guardian at the Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt

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?

Swimming with whale sharks in La Paz, Mexico (Credit: Manta)

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.

After sailing the Caribbean or hiking in the Canadian Rockies, you’re likely to return home refreshed and better able to tackle whatever the world throws at you.

Fresh air? Exercise? Stunning scenery? Hiking in the Canadian Rockies is good for the soul and the body
Fresh air? Exercise? Stunning scenery? Hiking in the Canadian Rockies is good for the soul and the body

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…

Janice having fun in Sorrento - just one of the many good reasons to travel!
Janice having fun in Sorrento – just one of the many good reasons to travel!

In the words of Pico Iyer

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.

We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.

We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed.

And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again — to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”

~ Pico Iyer, “Why We Travel”


Photo credits: 3, 6, 7, 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase


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Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Susann

Saturday 9th of January 2016

Thank you for the inspiration, these are really 5 good reasons for travelling. Regarding number 4, I think I read somewhere that even the planning of a trip could make you healthier. :)

Janice and George

Saturday 9th of January 2016

Well, we certainly spend lots of happy time planning our trips - and it feels good doing so! So, yes, we'd agree with you on that!

Irene S. Levine

Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

Absolutely loved this inspiring post---both the pictures and the text!

Janice and George

Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

Why thank you!