The perks of travel

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The perks of travel

Yes, the number one perk of travel is the opportunity to travel. But travelling also comes with many unexpected perks. It has become so much more than just a break from work and home. It’s an opportunity to disconnect from the stresses of everyday. It allows us the opportunity to become aware of what we really want.

There are new people to meet, new flavours to taste and new experiences to enjoy. This is your opportunity to think about your goals and dreams. Relaxing on a beach or hiking soaring mountains are where you can connect with yourself in ways which aren’t possible to do when you’re at your desk. These are just some of the perks of traveling.

You’ll be more happy

Research has been completed which shows that we can become happier just by planning our trips, before we’ve even packed our bags.  “Four studies demonstrate that people derive more happiness from the anticipation of experiential purchases and that waiting for an experience tends to be more pleasurable and exciting than waiting to receive a material good,” says a paper in Psychological Science.

You’ll be better at your job

Taking your leave days will actually lead to you being better at your job and will lead to you being promoted. That's according to research which found that the majority of US workers don’t take all of the leave days allocated to them. Don't forget, these leave days are owed to you and they form part of your salary. If you don’t take these days, you’re effectively leaving money on the table. The study also found that spending more time at the office doesn’t mean you’ll be promoted or in line for a bonus. “In fact, employees who left 11 to 15 days unused are less likely (by 6.5%) to receive a raise or bonus than those who used all of their vacation days,” the study says.

You’ll be more adventurous

Many of us do activities when we’re travelling that we’d never dream of doing while we’re at home. Jumping off a tall bridge? Visit Bloukrans River Bridge in South Africa. Riding scooters through heavy traffic? Go to any city in Vietnam. Eat some deep-fried insects? Visit one of the roadside markets in Thailand. We would never even consider doing this at home, but when we’re travelling we don’t think anything of it. Just make sure you’ve organised your medical insurance for travel before you board the airplane and go on your adventures.

You’ll find some of the best goods and bargains you’ve ever imagined

Visiting the places where locals do their shopping is always a highlight. You’ll find that tiny boutique with handcrafted leather goods, the roadside stall with fresh baked goods and the fishermen who wander around, selling their morning catch. These are the moments and experiences which become the highlight of your trip and they are the best reasons to travel.

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