Travel plays such an important role in our lives — it’s been proven to keep us healthier, wealthier and wiser.
How? Travel broadens our horizons, keeps us physically active and mentally challenged, and for the majority of people it acts as a major anti-depressant!
Research shows that in workplaces where folks are encouraged to take at least 3 weeks away from work, there is less absenteeism, longer retention, and more productivity.
Because our workplaces are so stressful, getting away from them is crucial. Indeed, in a study of over 12, 000 men, it was found that those who had skipped taking vacations were at a higher risk for heart attack!
It’s easy to see how travel makes us healthier. But wealthier? Sure. First of all, when you travel to many parts of the world and see folks who are less fortunate then you, you begin to recognize how wealthy you really are. But wealth isn’t just financial. Travel provides us with riches we simply can’t find at home.
We meet new people, see incredible sights. We learn that the way we do things in our own country isn’t how they’re done everywhere else. And along with the richness of travel, comes wisdom.
When we travel, we not only learn about others, we learn about ourselves. Our stressful, work-a-day personalities fall by the wayside as we try new things, and explore our world in a different way.
So why do people think travel is a luxury?
One answer we frequently hear is that travel is expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. There are so many ways to make travel affordable. People sometimes think it’s just about finding bargains, but there’s a lot more to it than that.
Take it from one who knows. My screensaver is made up of my photos from trips in the last two years (I didn’t have a digital camera before then), and I can’t believe the variety — from Tikal’s Mayan ruins to Thailand’s magnificent temples.
What works for me is to take a joint approach — increase my income, cut my everyday living expenses, travel in low season, find affordable destinations, find quirky inexpensive lodgings — the list is endless.
If you want to make it happen, you can. And if anyone tries to tell you it’s a luxury, just tell them it’s your latest heart attack prevention!