You’ll often hear people say travel is good for the mind, body and soul – and they’re right! There are so many benefits of travelling, not just seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and eating different food. What makes travel so special is what it does to you – it makes you a better person! But how does it actually make you a better person? In my latest post of the Life Hack series, I take a look at how and why travel makes you a better person. TRAVEL GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE Travel pushes you out of your comfort zone. And with that you’ll experience lots of adventure. Wherever you go, whatever you do – who wouldn’t be confident after these experiences! Whether it’s sky diving at 15,000 feet, heli skiing from the top of a mountain or hiking a summit, after accomplishing and seeing so much, you’re going to feel more confident and inspired to achieve anything you set your mind to.

TRAVEL MAKES YOU BETTER AT CONVERSATION Travel forces you to have conversations with lots of people you don’t know. Whether it’s the receptionist at your hotel, the ticket handler at the theme park or the guys you share a ski lift with, travel makes you comfortable talking to strangers. And after a bit of practice, you’ll find it a lot easier!

TRAVEL MAKES YOU ADAPTABLE Travel isn’t travel without delayed flights, missed trains, slow taxis, bad food, lost luggage, wrong turns and incorrectly reading maps. We’ve all been there but after a while, you get used to not everything turning out right the first time and you learn to adapt your plans to changing situations. Instead of getting frustrated or upset, you update your plans and move on. Plus, time wasted getting stressed is time better spent meeting new people and seeing new things!

TRAVEL MAKE YOU MORE ADVENTUROUS Before I started travel writing, if someone said to me I would be jumping out of a plane at 15,000 feet and heli skiing, I would have laughed in their face. But those are only two of the incredible adventures I’ve had this year. Travel and the experiences you have makes you adventurous, and I am proof! Gone are the holidays where I am laying poolside – I want action, adventure, exploring, hiking – the works!

TRAVEL MAKES YOU HAPPIER AND EASY GOING When have you ever asked someone how their holiday was and they said it made them sad or angry? That’s right, never! Travel makes everyone happy. And easy going. We’re all so super relaxed after a holiday that it still blows my mind we are geared to working five days a week and only have four weeks holiday a year, well in Australia anyway. To me that’s crazy! People would work far more efficiently if they worked less. Even Richard Branson thinks so!

TRAVEL MAKES YOU LESS MATERIALISTIC When you travel, you realise pretty quickly just how little stuff you actually need. You’ll realise the fashion stores, bloggers and magazines are telling you to buy is useless in leading a fuller, happier life. Instead of buying new heels, I choose save to buy a pair of hiking boots from Kathmandu. Why? Because I want to go hiking on my travels and see the world, not wear my heels and see the inside of a club in Ibizia. After seeing the world, you’ll find yourself becoming a minimalist (you should see my apartment and house – classic minimalist) because travel makes your realise what you need to live and what you don’t.

TRAVEL MAKES YOU LIVE IN THE MOMENT I often talk to one of my friends about living in the ‘now’. We’re all so engrained in living in the future and the past, that we sometimes forget to appreciate what is in front of us. Travel is a great way of making us live in the moment. Whether you’re seeing the Taj Mahal for the first time, trekking up Machu Picchu or swimming in a cenote in Tulum, travel has a powerful way of making you feel present.

TRAVEL MAKES YOU FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE ALONE When I tell a friend I am going solo hiking, I usually can predict the response. Full of ‘gasps’ and ‘are you crazy’, I choose to ignore their response because travel has made me feel more comfortable alone. I’ve always been extremely independent, so much so that sometimes I find it difficult to be social, so I’ve always naturally felt very comfortable alone. But being along and going on an solo adventure is another thing. It fills me with happiness and confidence, like I can take on the world. So go on, what are you waiting for?


Photo taken on my trip to Japan

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