New year – new you, right? Thousands of people start their year with big plans and life-changing goals. While the most popular ones are joining the gym or learning something new, Skycop suggests you to add “travel more” to the list. Here are a few reasons why.
- Traveling makes you happier
There are countless studies done on the connection between happiness and traveling and the results speak for themselves. A study done by Cornell University shows that people can become happier just by planning a trip. And the trip itself takes happiness to a whole different level.
- Traveling makes you healthier
People tend to be more active while traveling. Physical activity lowers blood pressure and the risk of heart disease or stroke. And you don’t even need to be crazy active – by simply walking around or swimming in a pool, you can reduce your stress levels as your body releases happiness hormones. Also, according to a 2013 survey by the American Psychological Association, the change of scenery is linked to reduction of stress,.
- Traveling makes you learn new things
You will always bring something new from your trip and I’m not talking about souvenirs. Traveling encourages you to learn. Maybe it’s a few basic words in a new language or some cool historical fact about a place you just visited – there is always something that broadens your horizons and makes you a more interesting human being. New cultures, new people, new places… There is still so much you don’t know – and traveling is one way to find out.
- Traveling makes you learn about yourself and people around you
Traveling is a great opportunity to meet new people or to find out more about the people you know. There is nothing more eye-opening than finding yourself in some unusual, sometimes uncomfortable situations and problems that you have to work together with your travel partner to solve. That said, these same situations might help you learn more about yourself – you might see things in a different light when you go out of your comfort zone.
- Traveling makes you better at work
We already mentioned that traveling relieves stress. According to a 2014 study by Chun-Chu Chen, James F. Petrick and Moji Shahvali, even a weekend getaway can help people recover from work-related stress. But that’s not all. Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School, has done numerous studies on the correlation between travel and creativity. He found that traveling increases mind’s ability to jump between different ideas – a key component of creativity.
Inc. has asked Americans about their New Year’s resolutions for 2019 and published the results. The top 10 was dominated by promises to improve health, lose weight, save money and learn something new. While traveling was not amongst the 10 most popular New Year’s goals, we believe that travel can help you fulfill other, more popular goals. You can get healthier, more active, learn something new and gather some incredible memories as a bonus. And if anything goes wrong and your flight is disrupted, Skycop will be there to help out claim your flight compensation.