10 Reasons Travelling Often is Good for Your Soul

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10 Reasons Travelling Often is Good for Your Soul

Wanderlust can strike at any time, from the moment our last vacation ends to the middle of the workweek if we haven’t travelled in months. Taking time to travel often is essential to maintaining a sense of well-being as well as giving us a chance to get away from the daily grind. But don’t forget the mental and holistic benefits it holds as well! Frequent travel rewards you each day of your journey with new joys and wonders, making each day of your trip a vacation in itself. Check out these ten reasons you should travel more and how it helps.

  1. Gain Better Perspective of Faraway Places- Seeing a place in pictures does not do it the same justice as seeing it live does. Actually travelling to a distant city gives you the chance to see what it’s like in person. A picture can’t show you the city’s personality, how the people interact, how street food smells as you walk through a market or what landmarks look like up close and personal. Get to know a destination intimately by travelling there and spending a few days with it.
  2. Meet New People and Make New Friends- The strongest friendships can be formed through a chance meeting during a vacation. No matter where you go you’ll meet fascinating people who you’ll want to keep in touch with long after your vacation has ended. Not only that you’ll more than likely want to meet again prompting another trip in the future! Travelling often allows you to build a global friendship network with connections wherever you go. No matter where you travel you’ll always have a friend close by.
  3. Open your Mind- When we stay close to home and don’t travel we tend to find ourselves in a bubble where we aren’t aware of the larger world around us. Travel lets us explore worlds other than our own and shows us other goings on than we’re used to. We may be used to modern conveniences such as running water and electricity but have to learn how to live without them when we travel to a region that doesn’t have them. We learn to live a different way and open our minds.
  4. Ditch the Baggage!- First-time travellers tend to over pack while seasoned vacationers have learned that they only need the basics to survive. Travelling often lets you come to terms with why you need so much stuff over time, both physically and mentally. After a while you’ll learn how to travel with a lighter bag and heart, looking forward to the journey ahead and focusing less on what items you absolutely can’t live without. Travelling light lets you see the world as you are.
  5. The Food!- While vising your favourite foreign food place for dinner may be an exotic night out, it is nothing compared to eating a dish prepared in its home country. Tasting authentic food prepared in kitchens where it’s a nightly staple is an experience like no other, and an excuse you will make for future travel plans! Countless television shows are devoted to worldwide cuisines, so be sure you make tasting new food wherever you go a goal for all future travel plans!
  6. Experience Another Culture- While sampling the foods of another culture introduces you to the way they eat, learning about their customs, art and history is a great way to understand a new land as well while broadening your view of the world. Frequent travel allows you to learn about cultures other than your own first-hand. Learning new customs and values as you travel helps you to understand your own, teaching you about who you are as an individual abroad and at home. Travel nourishes the heart and soul.
  7. Learn a Place’s History- No matter where you travel there is sure to be a story that goes along with it. Whether you visit a mountaintop monastery with hundreds of years of history or a monument that has withstood thousands of years of weather, learning the history of a land that makes it unique allows you to understand what makes a place special. Places are connected to their landmarks so understanding why they’re important is key to knowing a place.
  8. Find Yourself on the Journey- Whether you’re travelling alone or with a group, frequent travel allows you to get in touch with the real you that has been hiding behind hard work at home. Through travel you gain a sense of independence and freedom. You begin to learn what drives you, what fascinates you and what motivates you to travel more. It’s a good idea to keep a journal with you while you travel to record your experiences and thoughts. Nothing can hold you back and travelling often lets you embrace that feeling.
  9. Stretch your Comfort Zone- As you travel more, you may begin to pack less, try more adventurous foods, or even try travelling on your own. Frequent travel lets you step out of your comfort zone and embrace a more forward approach towards life. Instead of holding back you may be more likely to dive right into trying new things. Without anything to hold you back or any safety nets you’re perfectly capable of taking on the world by travelling anywhere you wish.
  10. Create Lifelong Memories- One of the most important things you will get out of travel is the creation of memories. While you may be able to bring back souvenirs and trinkets, the memories of how you felt on top of a particular mountain or at a certain monument will stay with you forever. Your travel journal can hold all of these for you to look back on when wanderlust strikes and you begin to plan your next trip. Memories are yours and only yours to keep forever, and are the best reason to travel frequently.

10 WAYS YOU CAN BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN

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10 Ways You can be a Tourist in your own Hometown

Travelling to far-off destinations may hold wonderful experiences, yet you can find the same kind of excitement without travelling far from your front door! Your home town offers lots of spaces to visit where you’ll be sure to find something you’ve overlooked no matter how many years you’ve called your city home. Playing tourist in your hometown gives you fresh eyes to see your city from a new perspective. You may find a newness in visiting tourist attractions as well as ideas for what to do with out-of-town family and visitors. Here are ten ways you can reacquaint yourself with your city.

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1. Go Downtown- Start your tourist-in-disguise outing with a visit downtown, where all the happenings of your city are sure to be. Here you may find interesting hole-in-the-wall shops that a normal commute through downtown would otherwise cause you to miss. On the weekends you may happen upon a street festival, vendors or any other events that don’t normally take place during the week. Bustling city centres next to appetising restaurants are sure to delight as you explore what your town hides during the work week.

2.Take a Tour- Many cities offer tours for visitors to get a little taste of the city. Whether it be a segway tour or a slower walking tour you still get to see a different side of your town with interesting stops along the way. Tours are a great way to play tourist in your city as you will discover new facts you previously didn’t know. Some tours may even have a theme, such as haunted ghost tours that are popular around Halloween but may be available year round.

3. Go on a Day Trip- Expand your horizons a bit and journey outside of town, were you’re sure to find natural wonders within a short drive away. Hiking trails, parks, wildlife observatories or other outdoor adventures are usually just outside city limits. While avid hikers and outdoors people may be more familiar with such destinations, many people who live within cities often don’t make use of such wonderful resources such a short drive away. You can definitely be a tourist in a whole new environment.

4. Take it to the Roof- When visiting a new destination people like to get a bird’s eye view of the land below. Why not take the chance to do the same for your city? Find out if there are any tall buildings that allow the public to see the city from above, and if they do take them up on the opportunity. If there are any restaurants that feature roof-top dining you can also take them up on the offer while enjoying a wonderful meal.

5. Attend Local Festivals- Every town has their own cultural festivals that go on at various times of the year. Why not check out your city’s biggest one? Some cities are also host of national festivals for a few years at a time, which gives them a chance to show tourists and residents what they have, so what better time to be a tourist than that? While you may run into people you know, you’ll also discover vendors you didn’t know existed, sample new foods and have a great time.

6. Go Back in Time- No matter where you live there is always a bit of history to find. If your city has a history museum give it a visit. Bigger cities may have historical markers or tours set up so you can find out how the city was formed and how key landmarks became the buildings they are today. History tours may also be led by volunteers. Once you know your town’s upbringing you’ll appreciate how it became the town it is today better.

7. Check out Parks and Natural Areas- Many towns and cities feature parks and natural areas in honour of prominent residents or sponsors. Some parks may feature bells and whistles such as a water park while others may be toned down with rock gardens and paved trails. A stroll through either one will give you a better idea of your city’s personality. Parks dedicated to honouring the city’s early builders will give you a better idea of why roads may have certain names while newer parks will show you the directions the city may be moving in.

8. Get Out of the House for a Night- Taking a night away from home is a great way to play tourist and no one needs to know! If your town has a notable hotel or bed and breakfast, taking a night to visit is a wonderful way to see what all the fuss is about. You’ll get to see what it’s like to stay in town as if you were a visitor staying for a night only knowing home is close by.

9. Visit your Town’s Most Famous Landmark- Most towns have a landmark that stands out above all others. If you’ve never visited it before now is the perfect time. No one needs to know you live right around the corner. Once you know why it’s so important to your city you can bring out-of-town visitors here and show them around. You’re sure to find out some interesting information you didn’t know before that will have you thinking about visiting again with a new perspective of this landmark.

10. Why not ask your children, I am sure they will come up with some amazing ideas.