Travelling is an essential part of life for so many people and it’s great for so many reasons. Not only does travel allow you to see more of the world, explore different cultures and try new cuisines, it’s also great for your self-care.
It gives you time to reflect on your progress and journey
Travel is ideal for taking some time out for yourself in order to reflect on your progress and journey so far.
Whether that’s the progress you’ve been making at work and the career journey you’ve come on so far, or it’s reflecting on your entire life journey; travel is a great excuse to hold yourself accountable for your progress.
Spending time in beautiful places where you’re free of any distractions of work and personal life means that you can spend time reconnecting with yourself and thinking about how far you’ve come in order to get to where you want to be.
It broadens your mind
Whether that’s to do with learning to accept and acknowledge other cultures and behaviours, or whether it’s allowing yourself to try out new cuisines and make friends with people of all kinds of backgrounds; travel is essential to growth as a person.
It also teaches you patience and tolerance and means that you’ll learn so much about things you’d have never known otherwise. You may discover a new-found love for seafood that you’d have never realised if you hadn’t tried it while travelling! Or you may discover a city that you’d never even heard of, but now consider it to be one of your favourite places in the world!
It helps to keep you physically and mentally fit and healthy
While your travel plans certainly don’t need to involve anything too strenuous or physically demanding, it can help to get out and about when you’re travelling in order to keep your mind and body fit and healthy.
You may decide that exercise-intense holidays are the way to go for you in order to indulge in self-care when travelling, or maybe you prefer a more relaxing stroll along the beach in order to get your steps in for the day.
It helps to alleviate stress and tension
When you’re hiking through the Scottish Highlands for example, it’s hard to feel the stress and anxious thoughts that you might feel back at home at your day job. This is because the surroundings of beautiful scenery, combined with the fact that you’ll be able to enjoy the fresh air and peace and quiet every day, means that you’d be hard pressed to feel stressed!
A long walk through stunning scenic valleys, hills and mountains is sure to help you relax and feel less tense about situations back home. When travelling, make sure to take yourself off for a walk if you’re feeling stressed and you’re sure to come back feeling much lighter and happier!
It teaches you more about the world around you
Whether it’s visiting a museum to learn the history of a place, or you simply ask the locals for recommendations of the best things to see and eat in a city, you’ll be learning so much stuff.
Travel is an essential form of self-care for many reasons. It teaches you to have a better and deeper understanding of the world around you and can help to teach you compassion for others, which in turn helps you to appreciate yourself more (an integral part of self-care).
Travel also helps to alleviate stress and diffuse tense situations that you may have been experiencing back at home. It can help to distract you from the mundane occurrences at home and instead encourages you to feel lighter and happier within yourself.
Rebecca is a translator by day, and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag – and packing in tiny suitcases. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.