Mark Twain once famously said, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” It’s a statement that many have taken to heart in the last few years as international travel has skyrocketed among Millennials. With cheaper airfare, more available information, and a growing desire by individuals and couples to see the world’s many countries and cultures, it’s become something of a national pastime in places like the UK.
But travel isn’t only about getting on a plane to go see The Eiffel Tower; there are a number of benefits to travelling, especially for a generation that puts adventure and mental health as its number one priority.
Travelling to a foreign country often means having to deal with people that don’t speak or understand your native language. While this may initially seem like a downside at first, it actually forces us to learn how to communicate more effectively with the people we come across, and spending some time brushing up on questions or commonly-used phrases is a great way to expand vocabulary, while also developing the skills and confidence to approach a new culture in terms of communication. On top of that, research has proven that learning a new language is a great way of keeping the mind sharp.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of intolerance when you’re surrounded by a group of people that share a certain mind-set. Whether it’s negative fanaticism toward a race or something equally vulgar, travel is one of the best ways to see the world from an entirely new and unique perspective. This is doubly true for those that grew up in a First World country where many of the things we take for granted are what many people around the world strive for every day. It’s about learning humility and tolerance for all of those you come across, regardless of their religion or creed.
For many of us, our lives revolve around sitting in front of a computer screen and tapping away at a keyboard, or sitting on our phone watching the newest cat video or playing the latest Australian online pokies. When you’re travelling, you’re going to be spending a lot of time walking outside, enjoying nature, and soaking in plenty of sunshine. Humans are nomadic by nature, and we’re meant to spend most of our time outside. Walking around a city or through a Southeast Asian natural reserve means leaving behind the comforts of home and putting in a few hours of hiking, walking, or swimming, and nothing could be better for both the body and the mind.
It goes without saying, but being out in the world means meeting a huge range of new people, many of which will present you with entirely new perspectives on life. And while many of us tend to shy toward introversion, it can be extremely healthy for our psyche to interact with other cultures and other travellers, and to learn about what makes them tick and it’s not long before we learn some life-long lessons of our own.https://icrowdnewswire.com/2019/12/10/how-the-modern-person-benefits-from-travelling/
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